Nationals 6, Phillies 5 (Game 2)
Game 157 - Tuesday Night, September 24th in Washington
Record - 79-78, 4th place, 17 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: A sixth inning grand slam from Trea Turner ultimately sent the Nationals to a 6-5 win and the N.L. Wild Card.
What It Means: Rhys Hoskins, Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto were all out of the line-up in this game that didn't matter, spelled by Logan Morrison, Adam Haseley and Andrew Knapp.
What Happened: A questionable ball four call from the home plate umpire in the sixth to Howie Kendrick loaded the bases and ended Aaron Nola's season. Jared Hughes sprinted to the mound next and on the second pitch he threw to Turner, the Nationals took a 6-4 lead. Brad Miller had another two-homer game (9 and 10) while Bryce Harper homered in the seventh (34). The ball hit by Harper went 442 feet with an exit velocity of 116.4 mph, the hardest hit ball by a Phillies player this season. (Per Jim Salisbury Tweet.)
Nola, who most likely will not pitch again in 2019, finished the season having started 34 games and thrown 202 1/3 innings. He earned a record of 12-7 with a 3.87 ERA.
Featured Card: Having featured cards this past week of Nick Vincent and Blake Parker, I thought it fitting that Hughes should get into the act as well. Hughes has been somewhat of a workhorse during his time with the Phillies since mid-August, appearing in 23 games. He appears with the Reds in the 2019 Topps Heritage and Topps flagship sets.