GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the first time all season, the Nationals took the field to play a game in which they were not a part of a pennant race.
For weeks, the Nationals knew this day would come. They knew their inevitable fate of being eliminated from the playoff race was going to happen, one way or another.
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came to the ballpark on Saturday with a matchup against the lowly Philadelphia Phillies, knowing their elimination number for the playoffs sat at
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals already were moving ever closer to elimination when they took the field for the opener of a weekend series with the Phillies.