Five things learned from Phillies disappointing series loss to Nationals

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park on August 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Maikel Franco #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park on August 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 22: Justin Bour #33 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run against the Washington Nationals during the third inning at Nationals Park on August 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Losing Justin Bour hurts

Justin Bour had a good night at the plate Wednesday, picking up both his first two runs batted in and his first home run as a Phillie. Granted, he struck out three times, including with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth. Still, his bat has been a welcome addition to an otherwise dismal offense.

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Bour’s bat will now be missing for several weeks as he was placed on the disabled list before Thursday’s game with an oblique strain. He said it occurred on his final swing of the game Wednesday night, which is what may have prompted a double switch from Gabe Kapler.

Andrew Knapp was called up to replace Bour, who obviously doesn’t match the offensive ability Bour provides. Carlos Santana started Thursday against the righty Max Scherzer.

He went hitless with three strikeouts in four plate appearances. The Phillies need their offense to be firing on all cylinders for the next month, and losing Bour makes that harder.

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