Game 38 - Thursday Afternoon, May 13th in Washington
Record - 20-18, 2nd Place, 1 1/2 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: Zach Eflin allowed two first inning home runs and the Phillies offense couldn't get going against Nationals starter Patrick Corbin in this 5-1 loss.
What It Means: The Phillies will have to try again for their first road series sweep since April 2018. They flew to Florida following the game to open a weekend series against the Blue Jays in Dunedin.
What Happened: Eflin recovered after a four-run first inning to allow just one more Nationals run over the rest of his five innings of work. He struck out nine. The sole Phillies run came on a double steal in the first, in which Andrew McCutchen stole home. The Phillies offense had six hits and went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Featured Card: With nothing much to celebrate about this latest Phillies loss, here's the recently arrived Topps Now Road to Opening Day card for Scott Kingery. My team sets, ordered back in February, arrived yesterday from Topps. Kingery's position on the card is listed as "UTL" for utility, and I don't believe I've ever seen that as a position designation on a card before this.
The last time the Phillies completed a three-game road series sweep was April 15, 2018 against the Rays. Kingery had three RBIs in that game with Aaron Altherr contributing a three-run home run. These days, Kingery appears lost at that plate and he's just 1 for 14 (.071) so far this season after beginning the year in Lehigh Valley. Altherr is in his second season with the NC Dinos of the Korean Baseball Organization and he's currently leading the Dinos with 11 home runs.