Nationals 5, Phillies 2
Game 158 - Wednesday Night, September 25th in Washington
Record - 79-79, 4th place, 17 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Nationals scored four late runs to win this ballgame, 5-2.
What It Means: The Phillies have lost five in a row and they'll need to finish the season with three wins in their remaining four games to secure a winning record. For the second season in a row under manager Gabe Kapler, the team is limping into a long offseason with more questions than answers.
What Happened: Drew Smyly pitched one of his best games of the year, allowing a pair of runs on four hits while striking out 10 in 6 1/3 innings. Mike Morin and Jose Alvarez couldn't keep the Nationals off the scoreboard in the seventh and eighth. Rhys Hoskins singled in the fourth to break an 0 for 26 streak, scoring Bryce Harper who had hustled his way to a double. Brad Miller homered again (11) in the seventh.
Featured Card: Despite having an "off" season, Harper has reached a career high in RBIs with 109 and he's hit 34 home runs heading into the final weekend of the season. He was taunted relentlessly by the Nationals fans in right field during this game, leading his postgame comments in which he said he couldn't wait to get back to Philly. So at least we have that going for us.
Transactions: Not an official transaction, but the Phillies announced that J.T. Realmuto's season was over as he'll have a procedure on Friday to clean up his right knee.