Friday, August 18, 2017

1987 Star Steve Carlton #13

Giants 5, Phillies 4
Game 119 - Late Thursday Night, August 17th in San Francisco
Record - 43-76, 5th place, 29 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola's streak of 10 consecutive games allowing two or fewer runs was snapped and the Giants went on to hold off the Phillies in this 5-4 defeat.

What It Means:  The Phillies have lost five in a row and 7 of their last 8 games.

What Happened:  Nola's final line shows five runs allowed over five innings of work.  The Phillies attempted a come-back with a three-run sixth inning, but it wasn't enough.  Cameron Rupp (11) and Nick Williams (6) both homered in the game.

Featured Card:  I got nothing.  Here's an oddball card of Phillies all-time great Steve Carlton looking strange in a Giants uniform.

Transaction:  The Phils don't need another starting pitcher until Tuesday's double header against the Marlins, so Nick Pivetta was optioned to Lehigh Valley and infielder/outfielder Pedro Florimon had his contract selected.  Pedro Beato was designated for assignment to make room for Florimon on the 40-man roster.

23.  Pedro Florimon (rf) - Replaced Hyun Soo Kim in right field in the eighth inning as part of a double switch and grounded out to second in the ninth.

2017 Chachi #54 Pedro Florimon

#18
Pedro Alexander Florimon, Jr.
Infield-Outfield

Bats:  Switch  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  185
Born:  December 10, 1986, La Romana, DR
Home:  La Romana, DR
Signed:  Signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent, June 18, 2004
Teams:  Baltimore Orioles 2011; Minnesota Twins 2012-2014; Pittsburgh Piratees 2015-2016; Phillies 2016
Acquired:  Signed by the Phillies as a minor league free agent formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, December 9, 2016

2013 Topps #451
 
2017 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs #12
1 Florimon Baseball Card in My Collection per The Phillies Room Checklist
First Card:  2017 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #12
First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Latest Card:  2017 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #12

First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2013 Topps #451

Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi #54

Card statistics through 8/17/17.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

2001 Topps Heritage #381 Omar Daal

Padres 3, Phillies 0
Game 118 - Wednesday Afternoon, August 16th in San Diego
Record - 43-75, 5th place, 28 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Clayton Richard threw a three-hit shutout as the Padres easily dismissed the Phillies, 3-0.

What It Means:  This is the first time the Padres have swept the Phillies since 2000.

What Happened:  Nick Pivetta struck out a career high 11 in five innings, but he also allowed five stolen bases.  Wil Myers stole second, third and home in the fourth inning, becoming the first player to do that since Dee Gordon in 2011.

Featured Card:  When the Padres last completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies, back on August 2, 2000, Omar Daal was the losing pitcher and his record dropped to 2-12.  At one point, at least according to my fading memory, Daal was the pitcher the Phillies featured on the scoreboard of an early model of Citizens Bank Park.

2017 Topps #569 Jorge Alfaro

Padres 8, Phillies 4
Game 117 - Late Tuesday Night, August 15th in San Diego
Record - 43-74, 5th place, 28 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Home runs from Jorge Alfaro and Rhys Hoskins weren't enough to overcome Dinelson Lamet and the Padres in this 8-4 loss.

What It Means:  Every year, there's at least one or two of these west coast games for which I don't see one single pitch.  This was one of those games.

What Happened:  Mark Leiter, Jr. allowed eight runs (four earned) in his five innings of work.  The four unearned runs resulted from a Maikel Franco error.  Alfaro's fifth inning, two-run home run was his first int he majors, and Hoskins added a two-run home run (3) in the ninth.

Featured Card:  Alfaro, along with Roman Quinn and Jake Thompson, are all over this year's Topps releases.  Here's his card from Topps Series Two, his first appearance in the flagship set.

Transaction:  Daniel Nava was placed on the disabled list again with lower back issues and Cameron Perkins was recalled from the IronPigs.

Series Preview - Phillies at Giants: August 17th to August 20th


Thursday and Friday 10:15, Saturday 9:05, Sunday 4:05
AT&T Park - San Francisco, CA

Phillies 43-75, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 28 games behind the Nationals
Giants 48-74, 5th Place in the N.L. West, 38 1/2 games behind the Dodgers

Phillies Probables:  Aaron Nola (9-7, 3.02), Zach Eflin (1-4, 5.76), Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.33), Mark Leiter, Jr. (1-3, 4.38)
Giants Probables:  Jeff Samardzija (7-12, 4.74), Chris Stratton (1-2, 4.91), Matt Moore (3-12, 5.71), Ty Blach (8-8, 4.37)

At the Ballpark:  On Sunday afternoon, the first 20,000 fans will receive a pair of "Kruk & Kuip" socks, featuring the images of Giants broadcasters Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .293
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 60
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 17
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 59
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 12

Wins:  Aaron Nola - 9
ERA:  Aaron Nola - 3.02
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 125
Saves:  Hector Neris - 13

Giants Leaders
Average:  Buster Posey - .316
Runs:  Brandon Belt - 63
Home Runs:  Brandon Belt - 18
RBIs:  Brandon Crawford - 57
Stolen Bases:  Eduardo Nunez* - 18

Wins:  Ty Blach - 8
ERA:  Ty Blach - 4.37
Strikeouts:  Jeff Samardzija - 160
Saves:  Mark Melancon - 11

*Now with the Red Sox

1982 Topps #20
1982 Topps #722
1982 Topps Appreciation:  Garry Maddox and Jerry Martin were teammates on on three pennant winning Phillies teams between 1975 and 1978.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s - #1 Kirk Bullinger

#33
Kirk Matthew Bullinger
Relief Pitcher

The younger brother of fellow pitcher Jim Bullinger, Kirk Bullinger came to Phillies Spring Training camp in 2000 as a non-roster invitee and made the team's opening day roster.  He appeared in three games in relief for the Phillies before landing on the disabled list on April 11th with a lower back strain.  Once healthy, the team activated him and optioned him down to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he'd pitch the rest of the season.  While still on the disabled list, his uniform number was unceremoniously relinquished to a young slugger named Pat Burrell who made his big league debut that May 24th.  (Burrell would switch to #5 to start the 2001 season.)

Bullinger became a free agent following the 2000 season, and he'd pitch with Team USA in the 2001 World Cup.  In 2004, he appeared in a career high 27 games with the Astros.

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'2"  Weight:  170
Born:  October 28, 1969, New Orleans, LA
Drafted:  Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 32nd round of the June 1992 amateur player draft.
Major League Teams:  Montreal Expos 1998; Boston Red Sox 1999; Phillies 2000; Houston Astros 2003-2004
Professional Affiliations:  St. Louis Cardinals 1992-1994; Montreal Expos 1995-1998; Boston Red Sox 1999; Phillies 2000; Cleveland Indians 2001; Chicago White Sox 2001; Houston Astros 2002-2004; Pittsburgh Pirates 2005

Phillies Career
3 games, 0-0, 5.40 ERA,  3 1/3 innnings, 4 strikeouts
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Boston Red Sox, January 29, 2000.
Debut:  April 5, 2000 - Pitched the final inning in an 11-3 blow-out loss to the Diamondbacks in Phoenix, allowing two runs on three hits.
Final Game:  April 10, 2000 - Pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Mets, striking out three - Rickey Henderson, Jon Nunnally and Mike Piazza.
Departed:  Granted free agency on October 2, 2000, and signed with the Cleveland Indians organization on February 8, 2001.

1992 Fleer/ProCards #1583
 
1994 Topps #713
 
1999 Sports Illustrated #53
 
2004 Upper Deck USA
25th Anniversary #29
0 Bullinger Baseball Cards in My Collection
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Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1994 Topps #713
First Topps Base Card:  1994 Topps #713
Last Mainstream Card:  2004 Upper Deck USA 25th Anniversary #29
Other Notable Cards:  1992 Fleer/ProCards #1583, 1999 Sports Illustrated #53

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s
1 Kirk Bullinger

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2017 Chachi In Action #7 Rhys Hoskins


Padres 7, Phillies 4
Game 116 - Late Monday Night, August 14th in San Diego
Record - 43-73, 5th place, 27 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Rhys Hoskins slugged his first two big league home runs, but the Padres still defeated the Phillies, 7-4.

What It Means:  Hoskins is the first Phillies player to hit the first two home runs of his career in the same game since Scott Rolen did it on August 21, 1996.

What Happened:  Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to a career-best 17 games.  Ricardo Pinto allowed most of the damage, giving up five Padres runs on four hits in his two innings of relief.

Featured Card:  Hoskins gets the In Action treatment to celebrate his first (of hopefully many) Major League home runs.

Just One Card - 2000s Phillies Edition (Part Two - 2005 to 2009)

2005 Phillies Team Issue #33
2008 Phillies Team Issue #57
2009 Phillies Team Issue Update #23
Having tackled the Phillies players of the 1980s and 1990s to have never before appeared on a Phillies baseball card, I'm now going to turn my attention to the decade of the 2000s.  I started the Chachi custom baseball card sets in 2005, so the players from 2005 onwards have already appeared (at least in virtual form) on a Phillies baseball card.  But I'll still pay tribute to those players with an official Missing Links card.

By my tally, and I'll readily admit up front that I could be wrong, there were 34 players who suited up for the Phillies between 2000 and 2009 who never appeared on a Phillies baseball card.  But before we get to those 34 players, here are the players who just missed the cut having appeared on exactly one baseball card as a member of the Phillies.  (This is part two, and part one appears here.)

2005
Jose Offerman - 2005 Phillies Team Issue #33
Michael Tucker - 2005 Topps Update #UH4
Ugueth Urbina - 2005 Topps Update #UH80

2006
Rick White - 2006 Topps Phillies Fan Appreciation Day #12

2008
Rudy Seanez - 2008 Phillies Team Issue #57

2009
Paul Bako - 2009 Phillies Team Issue Update #23
Jack Taschner - 2010 Upper Deck #381

2005 Topps Update #UH4
 
2005 Topps Update #UH80
 
2006 Topps Phillies Fan
Appreciation Day #12
2010 Upper Deck #381
 
Just One Card Links
1990 to 1995
1996 to 1999
2000 to 2004
2005 to 2009

Just One Card - 2000s Phillies Edition (Part One - 2000 to 2004)

2000 Phillies Team Issue #44
2000 Phillies Team Issue #46
2001 Phillies Team Issue #55
Having tackled the Phillies players of the 1980s and 1990s to have never before appeared on a Phillies baseball card, I'm now going to turn my attention to the decade of the 2000s.  I started the Chachi custom baseball card sets in 2005, so the players from 2005 onwards have already appeared (at least in virtual form) on a Phillies baseball card.  But I'll still pay tribute to those players with an official Missing Links card.

By my tally, and I'll readily admit up front that I could be wrong, there were 34 players who suited up for the Phillies between 2000 and 2009 who never appeared on a Phillies baseball card.  But before we get to those 34 players, here are the players who just missed the cut having appeared on exactly one baseball card as a member of the Phillies.  (This is part one, and part two will appear in a future post.)

2000
Scott Aldred - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #30 (See here)
Clemente Alvarez - 2001 Phillies Team Issue #55*
Thomas Jacquez - 2000 Pacific Omega #253 (with Vicente Padilla)
Trever Miller - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #46
Carlos Reyes - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #44
Steve Schrenk - 2000 Phillies Team Issue #52 (See here)
Ed Vosberg - 2001 Phillies Team Issue #50

2001 Phillies Team Issue #50
2001 Phillies Team Issue Update #52
2001 Phillies Team Issue #12
2001 Phillies Team Issue #54
2004 Phillies Team Issue Special Edition #58
2001
Felipe Crespo - 2001 Phillies Team Issue Update #52
Brian L. Hunter - 2001 Phillies Team Issue #12^
Eddie Oropesa - 2001 Phillies Team Issue #54

2002
Mike Timlin - 2002 Topps Traded #T31

2004
Lou Collier - 2004 Phillies Team Issue Special Edition #58
Jim Crowell - 2004 Topps Traded #T113
Felix Rodriguez - 2004 Upper Deck #563

2000 Pacific Omega #253
2002 Topps Traded #T31
2004 Topps Traded #T113
2004 Upper Deck #563
*Alvarez appears as the bullpen catcher on this card, but it's close enough for me so I'll count it for this exercise.
^Topps tried to give Brian L. Hunter a card in the 2001 Topps Traded set, but they used a photo of Brian R. Hunter instead so I'm not counting it.  I wrote about this confusion in this post.

Given that Crespo and Collier only appear on hard-to-find team issued photo cards, I'd consider these two of my personal collecting white whales.  Thanks goes out to fellow Phillies collector Rick for sending me scans of these rare cards.

Just One Card Links
1990 to 1995
1996 to 1999
2000 to 2004
2005 to 2009

Monday, August 14, 2017

Series Preview - Phillies at Padres: August 14th to August 16th


Monday and Tuesday 10:10, Wednesday 3:40
Petco Park - San Diego, CA

Phillies 43-72, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 26 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Padres 51-66, 4th Place in the N.L. West, 32 games behind the Dodgers

Phillies Probables:  Jerad Eickhoff (3-7, 4.45), Mark Leiter, Jr. (1-2, 4.08), Nick Pivetta (4-7, 6.09)
Padres Probables:  Travis Wood (1-1, 6.19), Dinelson Lamet (6-4, 5.00), Clayton Richard (5-12, 5.14)

At the Ballpark:  The Padres are giving away a few hats to fans who purchase special theme night tickets.  Tuesday night is Italian Heritage Night with a green, white and red Padres hat giveaway, while Wednesday afternoon is "Way Back Wednesday" with a retro-style hat available.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Cesar Hernandez - .294
Runs:  Cesar Hernandez - 59
Home Runs:  Maikel Franco - 17
RBIs:  Maikel Franco - 59
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 12

Wins:  Aaron Nola - 9
ERA:  Aaron Nola - 3.02
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 125
Saves:  Hector Neris - 13

Padres Leaders
Average:  Wil Myers - .239
Runs:  Wil Myers - 58
Home Runs:  Wil Myers - 24
RBIs:  Wil Myers - 58
Stolen Bases:  Manuel Margot and Wil Myers - 11

Wins:  Jhoulys Chacin - 11
ERA:  Jhoulys Chacin - 4.06
Strikeouts:  Jhoulys Chacin - 112
Saves:  Brandon Maurer* - 20

*Now with the Royals

1982 Topps #480
1982 Topps #330
1982 Topps Appreciation:  For the third time since I've been preparing these series preview posts, here's a look at the cards of two pitchers forever linked since they were traded for each other on February 25, 1972.

1970 Topps Appreciation, from 2016
1973 Topps Appreciation, from 2013

Alumni Weekend Continues with More Autographs


Mets 6, Phillies 2
Game 115 - Sunday Afternoon, August 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 43-72, 5th place, 26 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Mets dampened the good vibes brought on by the annual Phillies Alumni Day, defeating the Phillies 6-2.

What It Means:  The Mets took three out of four in this series, and the Phillies now head to the West Coast for games in San Diego and San Francisco.

What Happened:  Zach Eflin allowed home runs to Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson in his 5 1/3 innings of work.  The Phillies went 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position, failing to capitalize twice with the bases loaded.  The fifth inning was cut short when Odubel Herrera ran right into an out at third, as Freddy Galvis was already manning the base.  Rhys Hoskins collected his first big league hit and RBI.


Featured Cards/Field Report:  My wife Jenna and youngest son Ben joined in the fun for this game, as the four of us set out to meet some more Phillies alumni.  The Phillies truly do a great job with this stuff.  Before the start of the game, five tables were set up throughout the ballpark, each with two members of the 1980 World Championship team signing autographs.  We made it to four of the five tables, with the boys getting autographs from Warren Brusstar, Dickie Noles, Bob Boone, Bake McBride, Larry Christenson, Marty Bystrom, Manny Trillo and Greg Luzinski.

We settled into our seats and enjoyed the pre-game ceremony introducing over 40 former Phillies players and once again honoring the late Darren Daulton.  Members of the 1993 Phillies team each appeared on the field wearing Daulton's #10 jersey.


Mid-way through the game, we walked over to an alumni photo both and the boys had their pictures taken with Jim Eisenreich, Milt Thompson, Kevin Stocker and Tommy Greene.  Doug added autographs from Stocker and Greene to the Wall of Fame print he had received on Saturday night. By Doug's tally, he added 22 (!) alumni autographs to his collection on Saturday and Sunday.

I should also mention we received four 15-card packs of the special Topps National Baseball Card Day Phillies sets as we entered the ballpark.  This is a fantastic giveaway, the only problem with it being there are 20 cards in a complete set.  With the four packs we received, we were able to put together only two complete sets.  Still, it's a great looking set and Jenna and Ben don't seem to mind too much (yet) that their sets are missing a few cards.

Ben looks on as Freddy Galvis bats