Phils come up losers at Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies made a little history last night.

Hold the champagne and party hats. Actually they did something they have not done since they moved into their lovely little bandbox of a stadium.

The 7-3 loss to the Nationals left the Phils with a 40-41 home mark in this most disappointing season.

It is the first time they have ever sunk under .500 in the history of Citizens Bank Park.

Their “magic number” is one. Either a Phillies loss or a Cardinals win and - poof! - their slim playoff hopes disappear.

Now they slink off for three games in Miami, followed by three in D.C., and then the longest winter this team has suffered through in a long time.

Read about last night’s loss here - and Charlie Manuel’s surprising criticism of his team as ‘complacent’ - here.

Finally, columnist Jack McCaffery says the Phillies real failure this year was not snagging that gift of a second Wild Card spot.