Phillies Challenge Play from August 2 Game Against Nationals, Ruin Michael Morse’s 18-Game Hitting Streak

Kyle Scott - August 10, 2012

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Screen grab via Nats Enquirer

Ohh, intrigue. 

The Phillies and Nationals have traded some off-the-field barbs this year. First, over attendance and Take Back The Park. Then the whole Cole Hamels thing.

Now a bit of gamesmanship.

According to Nationals beat writer Amanda Comak, the Phillies challenged a scoring decision from August 2 that changed a Michael Morse hit into an error. Odd. Here’s the kicker: Morse has (now had) an 18-game hitting streak:

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It’s unclear when the challenge was made or why… but we can probably guess.

The Phillies lost the game 3-0 and there was really no incentive to challenge the ruling. Cole Hamels pitched and gave up eight hits, so it’s not like any sort of no-hitter was in play, either.

The official scoring of the play has been changed…

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but, as you can see in the Baseball Reference box score, Morse was given a hit at the time:

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Here’s a screen cap of the play. They probably got the call right, but rarely will you see a team challenge a meaningless play like this:

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We’ve reached out to the Phillies to see if there is something we’re missing here. But I don’t think there is. And I can't tell if I like it or hate it.


  • Philip August 10, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Oh boy, can’t wait to hear what the Washington media says about this one.

  • ERB in CLT August 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    Pretty bush league, but their play-by-play guy (the Nats & Braves are the “home” team here in Charlotte, ugh) is such a douche it kinda makes me laugh and look forward to more of his whining.

  • Tim August 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I don’t like it or hate it. Just seems petty.

  • EM August 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Well that’s a dick move… I like it!

  • illadelph badboi August 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Pretty childish move by the Phillies

  • August 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    16.5 back. Shane! Shane!

  • Me August 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Suck my dick Nats fan

  • Chance- Vice President of the GnA Falcons August 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Better have a pat the bat story Monday morning

  • Mayor Nutter August 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Wasn’t that game (series, really) that had a few questionable scoring decisions in favor of padding gNats stats?

  • Ron Noel August 11, 2012 at 12:36 am

    I’ll fuck anybody

  • Robert Person August 11, 2012 at 1:22 am


  • Hunter's dick August 11, 2012 at 2:14 am

    It takes an earned run away from cole…

  • Apparel n Bags Offers Adidas Golf Shirts August 11, 2012 at 5:47 am

    its hilarious,hahaha

  • Milt Thompson August 11, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Why does the colonial nissan guy smile while talking in his commercial???

  • Kenny Lofton August 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I want to fuck up that dude with the annoying voice on the Gary Barbera commericals. That annoying voice drivers me nuts

  • Todd Pratt August 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

    We were all at the Irish pub last night bitches

  • Crosby is a bitch August 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Fuck those fucking pussies I love this

  • DaHurricane August 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Yo Kyle – How about a post on this developing federal investigation into the alleged pedophile ring that Jerry Sandusky ran, pimping out Kids to several high profile donors? Story’s only going to get worse folks…

  • Schtick Coma August 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    The scoring change caused one of Cole Hamels’ runs to be unearned. I guess it helps that Rizzo called him a bitch.

  • Linda from August 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    It was the right thing to do & respects the game

  • DCGirl August 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

    It’s the kind of douchey thing a team does when they’re 19.5 games back, isn’t it?

  • chris August 12, 2012 at 11:13 am

    The “natnals” have been a classless team this entire year.

  • chris August 12, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    show us your tits dcgirl

  • mr. drummond August 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

    it’s mike morse. who cares? he stinks anyway. tell that hippie to get a haircut.

  • Charissa August 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

    now if only that post took me four hours to read i’d be set. i’m aching for some baeslabl and i’m beside myself trying to figure out what to do with my free night. can’t wait for tomorrow! Let’s go PHILLIES 🙂

  • EHustle August 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Yes, my son is living in Philly, as a NYY fan he didn’t think he could take aneothr playoff round of Phillies fans’ insanity. Now the locals will have to root for the Eagles! (good luck with that, Nightmare team not Dream team).

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