Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen #218 Ryan Howard

Cardinals 5Phillies 4
Game 28 - Wednesday Night, May 4th in St. Louis
Record - 16-12, 3rd place, 3 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeanmar Gomez blew his first save of the season, relinquishing a ninth-inning one run lead and giving the Cardinals a 5-4 victory.

What It Means:  It was bound to happen sooner or later.  Gomez is now 9 for 10 in save opportunities this season.  He struggled the entire inning, walking the lead-off batter and allowing what looked to be a two-run home run (it was ruled a double upon replay review) and eventually surrendering the winning hit to Matt Holliday.

What Happened:  This game was hampered by numerous lengthy replay reviews, one of which may have indirectly led to Adam Morgan's early departure in the fifth inning.  He couldn't recover after a more than five minute review by the umpiring crew.

The big hit for the Phillies was a three-run home run from Ryan Howard in the fourth.

Featured Card:  Could this be Howard's last trip to his home town in a Phillies uniform?  This is Howard's card from this year's Gypsy Queen set.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

2016 Chachi #15 Aaron Nola

#27
Aaron Michael Nola
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  196
Born:  June 4, 1993, Baton Rouge, LA
Home:  Clearwater, FL
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 1st round of the June 2014 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2015-
Acquired:  Via draft

2014 Grandstand Clearwater
Threshers #49
2014 Bowman Draft Picks &
Prospects Draft Picks #DP4
2015 Chachi #51
 
2016 Topps #133
 
36 Nola Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2014 Grandstand Clearwater Threshers #49
First Phillies Card:  2014 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Draft Picks #DP4
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2016 Topps #133
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #27 (SP)
Latest Card:  2016 Bowman #125

Complete Chachi Checklist
2014 Chachi Almost #4 FS
2015 Chachi #51
2016 Chachi #15
2016 Chachi Special Edition #6

Card statistics through 5/4/16.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2016 Bowman #125 Aaron Nola

Phillies 1Cardinals 0
Game 27 - Tuesday Night, May 3rd in St. Louis
Record - 16-11, 3rd place, 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola pitched another gem, running his scoreless inning streak up to 20, and the Phillies won, 1-0.

What It Means:  Somehow, the Phils are 10-2 in the last 12 games.  The offense has been mostly quiet, but the bullpen has been exceptional and the starting pitching has been even better.

What Happened:  Nola pitched seven innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seven.  Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez got the job done again with Gomez notching his ninth save.  Neris leads all Major League relievers with 27 strikeouts.

Ryan Howard provided the only run needed with a solo home run in the sixth inning.  It was Howard's sixth home run of the season.

Featured Card:  This is the newest Nola card in my collection, from the recently released Bowman set.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

2016 Chachi #31 Juan Samuel CO (#StarWarsDay #MayThe4th)

#8
Juan Milton Samuel
Third Base Coach

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'11"  Weight:  190
Born:  December 9, 1960, San Pedro de Macoris, DR
Home:  Ft. Myers, FL
Teams - As Player:  Phillies 1983-1989; New York Mets 1989; Los Angeles Dodgers 1990-1992; Kansas City Royals 1992; Cincinnati Reds 1993; Detroit Tigers 1994-1995; Kansas City Royals 1995; Toronto Blue Jays 1996-1998
Teams - As Coach:  Detroit Tigers 1999-2005; Baltimore Orioles 2007-2010; Phillies 2011-
Teams - As Manager:  Baltimore Orioles 2010

1983 TCMA Portland Beavers #2
1984 Fleer #47
1984 Topps Traded #105T
2011 Chachi #28
123 Samuel Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  1983 TCMA Portland Beavers #2
First Phillies Card:  1984 Fleer #47
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  1984 Topps Traded #105T
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  1984 Tastykake Phillies #32
Latest Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #8

Complete Chachi Checklist
2011 Chachi #28 (with Mick Billmeyer and Sam Perlozzo)
2011 Chachi #55 - Phils Clinch East HL (with Raul Ibanez, Ryan Madson and Carlos Ruiz)
2011 Chachi #69 - NLDS Game 5 (with Roy Halladay and Ryan Howard)
2012 Chachi #28 (with Mick Billmeyer and Sam Perlozzo)
2013 Chachi Transactions #16 (with Brian Schneider)
2013 Chachi #26 (with Charlie Manuel, Mick Billmeyer, Steve Henderson and Rod Nichols)
2014 Chachi #30
2015 Chachi #30
2016 Chachi #31

Card statistics through 5/3/16.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

1970 Kellogg's #34 Tim McCarver


Cardinals 10Phillies 3
Game 26 - Monday Night, May 2nd in St. Louis
Record - 15-11, 3rd place, 3 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Five Cardinals home runs delivered a reality check to the Phillies, as the six game winning streak was snapped.

What It Means:  Just when I was starting to save up some extra cash for play-off tickets . . .

What Happened:  Jeremy Hellickson served up the first three Cardinals home run, including a blast from the opposing pitcher, Adam Wainwright.  Brett Oberholtzer, who now owns a 9.64 ERA, served up the final two home runs.

Featured Card:  Following up on the series preview post featuring the players swapped between the Phillies and Cardinals in October 1969, here's Tim McCarver's Kellogg's card from 1970.  The card features McCarver as a Cardinal, but the back of the card makes mention of his trade to the Phillies. Curt Flood's 1970 Kellogg's card, also featuring him as a Cardinal, also mentions the Phillies trade.

My copy of the McCarver card is looking pretty rough, and I'm assuming it spent some quality time in someone's bicycle spokes in the early 1970s.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Doug Traded to the Red Sox! Closer Now to @Section_36


True story:  I helped coach the Diamondbacks last season for our township's Little League and really enjoyed working with the other coach, Rob. We made all kinds of plans this past offseason, and I was genuinely excited about me coaching/Doug playing with the Diamondbacks again this year. Doug and Rob's son Van got along really well too.

In February, the league announced they didn't have enough 9-year-olds and they had to "re-distribute" some players to equally balance the teams. Doug was now on the Red Sox.  I was beyond furious, chalking it up to local politics, good old boys network crap that I wasn't privy too.  I was going to make some calls, perhaps write a sternly worded letter to the league and demand my son be put back on the Diamondbacks.

I was baffled and I was going to fight the good fight to make the world right again.  I decided to break the news to Doug that there was a chance he wasn't going to be on the Diamondbacks this season, but that I was going to do everything I could to make it right.  I was very nervous to tell him.

"So I've been traded? To the Red Sox?"  I feared the worst, and I thought there might be tears from Doug.  "Yes, that's pretty much what happened," I told him.  I started to tell him that I was going to get him back on the Diamondbacks somehow, but he interrupted me.

"That's the COOLEST THING EVER!  I can't believe it!  I was traded!  I'm on the Red Sox now! When's our first practice?  WAIT 'TIL I TELL THE KIDS AT SCHOOL I WAS TRADED!"

So there you have it.  Doug is happy, he's the starting shortstop for the Red Sox and I was brought on board as a "coach to be named later."  He can't wait until we play the Diamondbacks this season and I told Rob he'd need to change all his signs since I wouldn't hesitate to steal them.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Series Preview - Phillies at Cardinals: May 2nd to May 5th


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:15, Thursday 1:45
Busch Stadium - St. Louis, MO

Phillies 15-10, 3rd place in the N.L. East, 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Cardinals 12-13, 3rd place in the N.L. Central, 6 games behind the Cubs

Phillies Probables:  Jeremy Hellickson (2-1, 3.81), Aaron Nola (1-2, 3.55), Adam Morgan (0-0, 5.40), Jared Eickhoff (1-3, 4.15)
Cardinals Probables:  Adam Wainwright (1-3, 7.16), Michael Wacha (2-1, 3.07), Mike Leake (0-3, 5.83), Jaime Garcia (1-2, 3.73)

At the Ballpark:  On Wednesday, the first 30,000 fans will receive a Cardinals tote bag, presented by MLB.com.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .301
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 15
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco and Ryan Howard - 5
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 14
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 4

Wins:  Vince Velasquez - 4
ERA:  Vince Velasquez - 1.44
Strikeouts:  Vince Velasquez - 39
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 8

Cardinals Leaders
Average:  Aledmys Diaz - .405
Runs:  Aledmys Diaz - 18
Home Runs:  Brandon Moss - 6
RBIs:  Matt Carpenter - 17
Stolen Bases:  Three tied with - 2

Wins:  Carlos Martinez - 4
ERA:  Carlos Martinez - 2.60
Strikeouts:  Jaime Garcia - 35
Saves:  Trevor Rosenthal - 5

1970 Topps #40
1970 Topps #162
1970 Topps #569
1970 Topps #360
1970 Topps #388
1970 Topps #511
1970 Topps #90
1970 Topps Appreciation:  The Phillies first meeting with the Cardinals this season gives me the opportunity to feature all of the players involved in the infamous Phillies-Cardinals trade from October 7, 1969.  On that date, the Phillies traded Dick Allen, Jerry Johnson and Cookie Rojas to the Cardinals for Curt Flood, Byron Browne, Joe Hoerner and Tim McCarver.  Browne, Hoerner and McCarver all reported to the Phillies but Flood refused, challenging the reserve clause which bound a player to whichever team held his contract.  For much more on Flood, please see his SABR biography.

In order to show each of the players involved in this trade on their new teams, Topps didn't have to do that much work.  Hatless photos were available for all but Allen and Flood.  If you didn't look too closely at Allen's profile photo, you may have been convinced he was wearing a Cardinals hat and uniform.  Flood's photo used the then standard brim up pose, which was employed by Topps photographers in case of team changes.

Of course, Flood would never play a game for the Phillies and minor leaguers Willie Montanez and Jim Browning were sent by the Cardinals to the club instead.  Flood sat out the 1970 season and was traded by the Phillies to the Senators that November.

2016 Phillies Team Issue #30 David Hernandez

Phillies 2Indians 1
Game 25 - Sunday Afternoon, May 1st in Philadelphia
Record - 15-10, 3rd place, 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Vince Velasquez, David Hernandez and Hector Neris made it look easy, limiting the Indians to just four hits in this 2-1 win.

What It Means:  The Phillies are now riding a six game winning streak, and they'll head to St. Louis for a four game series with the Cardinals.  Per this Todd Zolecki Tweet, this is the first time the Phillies have swept consecutive series since September 7th through 12th when they swept the Rockies and Marlins.

What Happened:  Both runs came in the second inning, courtesy of a Freddy Galvis single and a balk with Peter Bourjos on third.

Velasquez won his fourth game of the season, even though he didn't have his best stuff.  Pitching in a steady mist, Velasquez lasted six innings giving up two hits and four walks while striking out six. Hernandez pitched two scoreless innings and Neris recorded his first career save.  (Jeanmar Gomez needed a breather.)

Featured Card:  If you remove Hernandez's first appearance on opening day, in which he allowed three runs without retiring a batter, his 2016 season stats look like this:  11 games, 13 1/3 innings pitched, 22 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1.35 ERA.  He's been an extremely effective set-up man, and he's a big reason for the team's early success this season.  This is his sole Phillies card to date.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

2016 Topps Phillies #PP-6 Freddy Galvis

Phillies 4Indians 3
Game 24 - Saturday Night, April 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 14-10, 3rd place, 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Freddy Galvis starred in this latest Phillies victory, putting the team at four games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2011 season.

What It Means:  Weather permitting, the Phils will go for the sweep this afternoon.  If you had told me in February that the team would be one game out for the N.L.'s second Wild Card on May 1st, I would have asked you if you had recently bumped your head.

What Happened:  Galvis started the scoring with a two-run home run in the first inning, and his bloop single to right in the seventh scored David Lough giving the Phillies a 4-3 lead.

The bullpen was once again spectacular, pitching three scoreless innings after Jared Eickhoff departed the game.  Andrew Bailey came away with his first win in a Phillies uniform and Jeanmar Gomez saved his eighth game.  Peter Bourjos gets a lot of the credit for Gomez's save, as the right fielder made a leaping catch for the final out of the game with Indians runners on second and third.

Featured Card:  Galvis didn't appear in Topps Series One, but here's his card from the retail Topps Phillies team set.

Transaction:  Reliever Dalier Hinojosa was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right hand, suffered when he was hit with a line drive on Thursday night.  Colton Murray was recalled from the IronPigs to take his place on the roster.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

2016 Chachi #14 Tyler Goeddel

#2
Tyler David Goeddel
Outfield

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  180
Born:  October 20, 1992, San Mateo, CA
Home:  Hermosa Beach, CA
Drafted:  Selected by the Tampa Bay Rays between the 1st and 2nd rounds of the June 2011 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2016
Acquired:  Selected from the Tampa Bay Rays in the Rule 5 draft, December 10, 2015

2016 Choice Reading Fightin
Phils Top Prospects #8
2016 Phillies
Team Issue #2
2 Goeddel Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2016 Choice Reading Fightin Phils Top Prospects #8
First Phillies Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #2
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #2
Latest Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #2

Complete Chachi Checklist
2016 Chachi New Additions #7
2016 Chachi #14

Card statistics through 4/30/16.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Howard Homer Wins It in 11! #ChachiNow

2016 Chachi #40
Phillies 4Indians 3 (11)
Game 23 - Friday Night, April 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 13-10, 3rd place, 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Ryan Howard won the game with an 11th inning walk-off home run against the Indians.

What It Means:  These Phillies are exciting!  Who saw this coming?  The pitching staff's 240 strikeouts currently leads the Majors.

What Happened:  Howard had quite a night, going 3 for 5 with a single, double and his dramatic home run.

Adam Morgan was recalled to take Charlie Morton's place in the rotation, as Morton is now lost for the season with a bad hamstring injury.  Morgan struck out seven in his five innings of work, allowing all three Indians runs.  The bullpen was phenomenal, pitching six scoreless innings and striking out 11.  Andrew Bailey and David Hernandez each pitched a pair of scoreless frames.

Featured Card:  A walk-off home run by the veteran qualifies in my book for a Chachi Highlight card.  (I'm happy to see Howard has received a Topps Now card.)


Field Report:  Now in the interest of full disclosure, we were not around for Howard's game winning heroics.  A very cold night, coupled with a very early Saturday morning wake-up call for Doug's soccer tournament, meant we needed to leave relatively early.  We left after the fifth inning with the score tied at three.


Before the game, we admired the new giant Topps line-up cards for David Lough, Morgan and Peter Bourjos.  Walking through the concourse, we stopped by the radio booth and listened to the end of Jim Jackson's interview of Aaron Nola.  When Nola exited the booth, he was kind enough to pose for a picture with Doug.  Doug and I agreed that we needed to be better prepared next time with a Sharpie and an extra team photo card set for autograph purposes.

Transaction:  Morgan was recalled from Lehigh Valley on Friday afternoon and reliever Luis Garcia was optioned down to the IronPigs.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

2016 Chachi #13 Emmanuel Burriss

#15
Emmanuel Allen Burriss
Infield

Bats:  Switch  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  190
Born:  January 17, 1985, Washington, DC
Home:  Washington, DC
Drafted:  Selected by the San Francisco Giants between the 1st and 2nd rounds of the June 2006 draft
Teams:  San Francisco Giants 2008-2012; Washington Nationals 2015; Phillies 2016
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Washington Nationals, December 3, 2015

2008 Topps Update #UH177
2016 Phillies Team Issue #15
1 Burriss Baseball Card in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #15
First Phillies Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #15
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #15
Latest Card:  2016 Phillies Team Issue #15

First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2008 Topps Update #UH177

Complete Chachi Checklist
2016 Chachi #7

Card statistics through 4/29/16.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Series Preview - Indians at Phillies: April 29th to May 1st


Friday and Saturday 7:05, Sunday 2:35
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Indians 10-9, Tied for 3rd place in the A.L. Central, 4 games behind the White Sox
Phillies 12-10, 3rd place in the N.L. East, 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals

Indians Probables:  Corey Kluber (1-3, 4.67), Trevor Bauer (1-0, 4.76), Danny Salazer (2-1, 2.35)
Phillies Probables:  Adam Morgan (0-0, 0.00), Jerad Eickhoff (1-3, 4.07), Vince Velasquez (3-1, 1.78)

At the Ballpark:  Sunday afternoon is Mother's Appreciation Day with all women 15 and over receiving a Phillies infinity scarf.  My wife explained to me that an infinity scarf is basically a big loopy scarf without two ends.

Indians Leaders
Average:  Tyler Naquin - .333
Runs:  Francisco Lindor and Mike Napoli - 12
Home Runs:  Mike Napoli - 4
RBIs:  Three tied with - 11
Stolen Bases:  Rajai Davis - 6

Wins:  Josh Tomlin - 3
ERA:  Danny Salazer - 2.35
Strikeouts:  Corey Kluber - 29
Saves:  Cody Allen - 7

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez and Odubel Herrera - .292
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 14
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 5
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 14
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera - 4

Wins:  Vince Velasquez - 3
ERA:  Vince Velasquez - 1.78
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 37
Saves:  Jeanmar Gomez - 7

1970 Topps #59
1970 Topps Appreciation:  Dick Ellsworth goes solo for this edition of 1970 Topps Appreciation. Ellsworth pitched just one season for the Phillies, traded to the club in December 1966 from the Cubs for Ray Culp.  He started 21 games for the 1967 Phillies and relieved in another 11 games.  He finished the season with a 6-7 record and a 4.38 ERA, and he was traded after the season to the Red Sox in the deal that brought Mike Ryan to Philadelphia.

1970 was to be Ellsworth's penultimate season in the Majors, splitting time between the Indians and Brewers.  In 43 games that season, all but one in relief, he had a 3-3 record and a 3.79 ERA.

2016 Phillies Team Issue #29 Cameron Rupp

Phillies 3Nationals 0
Game 22 - Thursday Afternoon, April 29th in Washington
Record - 12-10, 3rd place, 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies shockingly swept the Nationals with a three-run ninth inning at the expense of their all-time saves leader, Jonathan Papelbon.

What It Means:  It was the first sweep of the Nationals in Washington since 2009.  The Phillies are two games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2012 season.

What Happened:  The game was scoreless entering the ninth when the Phillies loaded the bases with nobody out.  Papelbon was brought into the game and struck out Darin Ruf before Cameron Rupp blasted a two-run double to right, beyond the reach of Bryce Harper.  David Lough would later single home an additional insurance run.

Aaron Nola threw an incredible game, striking out seven and allowing two hits in his seven innings of work.  Elvis Araujo struck out Harper on three pitches to end a bases loaded threat in the eighth. Jeanmar Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

Featured Card:  As the team's primary catcher this season, hopefully Rupp starts appearing on some more baseball cards.  This is card from the team issued photo card set.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

2016 Chachi #12 Andres Blanco

#4
Andres Eloy Blanco
Infielder

Bats:  Switch  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'10"  Weight:  196
Born:  April 11, 1984, Urama, Carabobo, VZ
Home:  Urama, Carabobo, VZ
Signed:  Signed by the Kansas City Royals as an amateur free agent, August 2, 2000
Teams:  Kansas City Royals 2004-2006; Chicago Cubs 2009; Texas Rangers 2010-2011; Phillies 2014-
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the Washington Nationals organization, March 31, 2012

2004 Topps Traded #T114
 
2012 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs #2
2014 Chachi #56
 
2015 Phillies Team Issue #4
 
10 Blanco Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2012 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #2
First Phillies Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #4
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #4
Latest Card:  2016 Topps Phillies #PP-15

First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2004 Topps Traded #T114

Complete Chachi Checklist
2014 Chachi #56
2015 Chachi #11
2016 Chachi #12

Card statistics through 4/27/16.

2016 Topps Phillies #PP-16 Jeremy Hellickson

Phillies 3Nationals 0
Game 21 - Wednesday Night, April 27th in Washington
Record - 11-10, 3rd place, 3 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeremy Hellickson and two relievers combined for the two-hit shutout against the Nationals, sealing a series win.

What It Means:  This is the first time the Phillies have a winning record this late in the season since they were 15-14 on May 4, 2014.

What Happened:  Hellickson struck out eight in his outing, handing the ball over to Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez who each pitched perfect innings.  Gomez saved his sixth game.

The Phils got their runs on a Darin Ruf sacrifice fly, a Peter Bourjos fielder's choice and an eighth inning solo home run from Carlos Ruiz.

Featured Card:  Hellickson is featured in the Topps Phillies retail team set in a Photoshopped Phillies uniform.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2016 Topps Phillies #PP-15 Andres Blanco

Phillies 4Nationals 3
Game 20 - Tuesday Night, April 27th in Washington
Record - 10-10, 3rd place, 4 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Andres Blanco and Maikel Franco led the way for the Phillies in an exciting 4-3 win over the Nationals.

What It Means:  This was actually a fun game to watch.  The Phillies are playing much better than the horrible team everyone predicted they'd be.

What Happened:  Blanco started things off with a two-run home run off Max Scherzer in the first inning, and he fell a triple short of the cycle.  Franco's double in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie and gave Vince Velasquez his third win of the season.  Velasquez allowed three runs on five hits in his six innings.  The bullpen trio of David Hernandez, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez shut down the Nationals over the final three frames.  With the tying run on first, Gomez got the white hot Bryce Harper to ground out to third to end the game.

Featured Card:  Blanco has been one of the most surprising players of this 2015-2016 Phillies era, coming off the bench to provide steady defense and timely hits.  This is a preview of his likely Series Two card, currently available in the Topps Phillies retail team set.  Coincidentally, as is sometimes the case, this card uses the same photo as Blanco's 2016 Chachi card.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

2016 Chachi #11 Darin Ruf

#18
Darin Cortland Ruf
First Base-Left Field

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  248
Born:  July 28, 1986, Omaha, NE
Home:  Omaha, NE
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 20th round of the June 2009 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2012-
Acquired:  Via draft

2010 Multi-Ad Lakewood
BlueClaws #21
2010 Bowman Chrome
Prospects #BCP12
2012 Chachi #57
 
2013 Topps #83
 
39 Ruf Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2010 Multi-Ad Lakewood BlueClaws #21
First Phillies Card:  2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP12
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2013 Topps #83
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2013 Phillies Team Issue #18
Latest Card:  2016 Topps Phillies #PP-13

Complete Chachi Checklist
2012 Chachi #57
2013 Chachi #48
2014 Chachi #43
2015 Chachi #13
2016 Chachi #11

Card statistics through 4/26/16.