Ugly third inning dooms Phillies, Aaron Nola in 5-1 rout by Nationals
Ugly third inning dooms Phillies, Aaron Nola in 5-1 rout by Nationals

This will be difficult to fathom for anyone who watched the Phillies melt like fondue in each of the last two Septembers. But what happened in the third inning of the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader might have been as bad as it gets for a team that fancies itself a postseason contender.With their best pitcher on the mound against an opponent that has nothing to play for, after a sloppy performance less than 24 hours earlier, and clinging to a half-game lead for the final wild-card berth in the National League, the Phillies gave up four runs on four hits in a rally punctuated by Bryce Ha…

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