With nine games remaining, the Nationals are on the verge of doing something no Washington club has done in nearly 60 years. At 74-79, the Nationals are in a dogfight with the Mets to finish third in the NL East. The last Major League club from the nation's capital to finish third or better in the standings was the 1945 Nationals, who finished second in the American League, 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers. First baseman Michael Morse is three homers shy of posting the Nats' fifth 30-homer season since they moved to Washington in 2005. Phillies: Pence misses nightcap
Hunter Pence missed his first game as a Phillie in Tuesday's nightcap, as the outfielder left the opener in the sixth inning after singling and appearing to limp after beating out an infield single. Manager Charlie Manuel said Pence's left knee was sore "from sliding and things," and neither the skipper nor player sounded concerned about the injury. Worth noting
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is two shy of 500 RBIs for his career. Washington's bullpen has a 1.40 ERA in its last 10 games, with Drew Storen a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities in that span.