PHILADELPHIA — The Nationals arrived here late Sunday night, feeling like they could do no wrong after a 9-1 homestand catapulted them to the top of the NL standings and turned them into the talk of baseball.
They left here late Wednesday night, feeling as down in the dumps as they’d been in quite some time after a 3-game sweep at the hands of the last-place Phillies, a development nobody saw coming.
“Philly outplayed us these last three days,” center fielder Denard Span said. “Out-pitched us, out-hit us. That’s why we’ve got to continue to grind.”