Philadelphia Phillies: 10 worst losses of the 2019 season

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6. April 9: Nationals 10, Phillies 6

The Phillies got to Nationals co-ace Stephen Strasburg on this night, plating six runs in four innings against him as they built a solid 6-1 lead with Aaron Nola on the mound.

But the Nats slowly chipped away until finally a two-out, two-strike home run by Victor Robles off Edubray Ramos tied the game in the top of the ninth.

What about Hector Neris, you say? He had thrown a ton of pitches the previous inning and wasn’t able to come back out for another frame.

We all knew what was going to happen next.

Jose Alvarez was victimized by four runs in the top of the 10th inning, and the Phillies saw just eight pitches in their half before going down in order to complete the slow collapse.

At this point, the Phillies were still 7-3 on the young season, so there didn’t seem to be much reason to worry.

But this one was a pretty foreboding harbinger of some issues that would plague them throughout the year. Good teams bounce back from tough losses like this, and it gave the Phillies their first real chance to show what they were made out of.

They lost 15-1 the next day.