The Philadelphia Phillies shambled into Nationals Park on Tuesday night, recognizable only by the laundry on their backs, the remnants of what they used to be. They had spent the afternoon dismantling their team and raising the white flag on a lost year. They no longer bullied or even threatened the Washington Nationals. The Phillies are relegated to the same, unsatisfying role the Nationals once filled: spoiler. The Phillies are done, but as their 8-0 defeat of the Nationals can attest, they can still be dangerous. The Nationals returned home after winning six of seven games on the road, the best record in the major leagues in their back pocket and their ace on the mound.
Stephen Strasburg, Washington struggle in 8-0 loss
Washington Post | Aug 1