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Game 54 - Monday Night, September 21st in Washington
Record - 27-27, 3rd Place, 5 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies looked sloppy and lifeless in this 5-1 loss to the Nationals.
What It Means: Following this loss, the Phillies dropped to the eighth seed for the postseason with the Giants and Brewers only a half game back. With six games remaining, they most likely need to win at least four to see playoff baseball.
What Happened: Zack Wheeler, still battling with his fingernail issue, worked through 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out seven. The Phillies committed three errors in this game, from Wheeler, Andrew Knapp and Mickey Moniak. Their lone run scored on a fifth inning balk.
Featured Card: Roman Quinn (now batting .218) was ejected in the third inning for arguing a called third strike and manager Joe Girardi quickly followed him.
Transaction: Adonis Medina (rhp) was optioned back to Lehigh Valley and Heath Hembree (rhp) was placed on the injured list with a right elbow strain. Mickey Moniak (of) and Ramon Rosso (rhp) took their places on the roster.
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