Tuesday, May 5, 2015

2015 Chachi #21 Luis Garcia

#57
Luis Amado Garcia
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  230
Born:  January 30, 1987, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Home:  Dover, NJ
Signed:  Signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an amateur free agent, January 22, 2004
Teams:  Phillies 2013-
Acquired:  Signed as minor league free agent, formerly with the Newark Bears of the independent Canadian-American Association, March 25, 2013

2013 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs Update #8
2013 Chachi #49
 
2014 Topps #451
 
5 Garcia Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2013 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs Update #8
First Phillies Card:  2014 Topps #451
First Phillies Topps Base Card:  2014 Topps #451
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #57
Latest Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #57

First Topps Base Card:  2014 Topps #451
First Chachi Base Card:  2013 Chachi #49

Garcia Games I've Attended per Hardball Passport



Cards and game statistics through 5/4/15.

2015 Chachi #20 Jeanmar Gomez

#46
Jeanmar Alejandro Gomez
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  222
Born:  February 10, 1988, Caracas, Venezuela
Home:  Caracas, Venezuela
Signed:  Signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent, April 4, 2005
Teams:  Cleveland Indians 2010-2012, Pittsburgh Pirates 2013-2014, Phillies 2015
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, January 8, 2015

2010 Topps Update #US-59
2015 Phillies Team Issue #46
1 Gomez Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #46
First Phillies Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #46
First Phillies Topps Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #46
Latest Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #46

First Topps Base Card:  2010 Topps Update #US-59
First Chachi Base Card:  2015 Chachi #20

Gomez Games I've Attended per Hardball Passport



Cards and game statistics through 5/4/15.

2009 Topps #42 Jeff Francoeur

Phillies 5, Braves 2
Game 27 - Monday Night, May 4th in Atlanta
Record - 10-17, 5th Place, 6 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Led by Jeff Francoeur's four hits, the offense banged out a season high 14 hits en route to a 5-2 in over the Braves.

What It Means:  It's a two game win streak!

What Happened:  Francoeur had a double, triple and two singles in his big night while also knocking in a pair of runs.  Darin Ruf had a three-hit night and Carlos Ruiz contributed a two-run single.

Aaron Harang improved to 3-2 by throwing six strong innings, allowing just a run on five hits.

Featured Card:  If you would have told me three or four years ago that I'd be using a Francoeur baseball card from his time with the Braves as the featured card in a game summary post, I would have told you that you were straight up bananas.  But my lack of Francoeur Phillies cards (other than this one) forces my hand, and a Braves card it is.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Phillies at Braves: May 4th to May 6th


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:10
Turner Field - Atlanta, GA

Phillies 9-17, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 7 games behind the Mets
Braves 12-13, Tied for 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 3 1/2 games behind the Mets

Phillies Probables:  Aaron Harang (2-2, 2.51), Chad Billingsley (0-0, 0.00), Jerome Williams (2-1, 4.08)
Braves Probables:  Alex Wood (1-1, 4.03), Shelby Miller (3-1, 2.17), Mike Foltynewicz (1-0, 3.60)

At the Ballpark:  Fans will have to wait a few more weeks for the Javy Lopez Bobblehead, which is being given away on May 20th.  There are no giveaways or special events scheduled for this series.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Freddy Galvis - .341
Runs:  Odubel Herrera and Ben Revere - 10
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 4
RBIs:  Chase Utley - 14
Stolen Bases:  Odubel Herrera and Ben Revere - 5

Wins:  Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams - 2
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 2.51
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 38
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 5

1985 Topps #500
1985 Topps #320
1985 Topps Appreciation:  I always thought it was kind of a shame that Mike Schmidt and Dale Murphy were never teammates on the Phillies.  Schmidt announced his retirement on May 28, 1989 in San Diego.  Murphy was acquired from the Braves on August 3, 1990, while Schmidt was in the middle of his first foray into the world of broadcasting.

Technically speaking, they were teammates on six All-Star teams between 1980 and 1987.  (Murphy missed the 1981 game while Schmidt didn't make the 1985 squad.)  But I would have loved to have seen them both in burgundy pinstripes at the same time.

2015 Phillies Team Issue #30 Justin De Fratus

Phillies 6, Marlins 2
Game 26 - Sunday Afternoon, May 3rd in Miami
Record - 9-17, 5th Place, 7 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies came to life in a 6-2 win over the Marlins as Ryan Howard and Ben Revere paced the offense.

What It Means:  The five game losing streak is over, the sweep was averted and the Phillies will head to Atlanta next to open a three-game series with the Braves.

What Happened:  Severino Gonzalez notched his first Major League win, striking out five in his five innings of work while allowing only two runs.  Howard tied up the game 2-2 in the sixth with an RBI triple off Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart.  Grady Sizemore singled home Howard with the eventual winning run.  Revere added three hits and knocked in the first run for the Phils in the fifth.

In less pleasant news . . . Chase Utley went 0 for 5 and is now hitting .108.

Featured Card:  I don't often get to post cards of middle relievers, so I thought I'd go with a Justin De Fratus card today.  De Fratus has struggled a little this season, but he was able to look absolutely unhittable in this game.  Protecting a 3-2 lead, De Fratus entered in the bottom of the sixth and struck out the 3-4-5 hitters - Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Michael Morse - all swinging, on 10 pitches.

Transaction:  Following the game, Gonzalez was optioned back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley as the Phillies won't need a fifth starter until May 12th.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

2015 Chachi #19 Cesar Jimenez

#56
Cesar Enrique Jimenez
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  215
Born:  November 12, 1984, Cumana, Venezuela
Home:  Cumana, Venezuela
Signed:  Signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent, July 2, 2001
Teams:  Seattle Mariners 2006, 2008, 2011; Phillies 2013-
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Seattle Mariners organization, December 5, 2012

2007 Topps #638
 
2013 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs #10
2013 Chachi #56
 
2015 Phillies Team Issue #56
 
4 Jimenez Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2013 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #10
First Phillies Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #56
First Phillies Topps Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #56
Latest Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #56

First Topps Base Card:  2007 Topps #638
First Chachi Base Card:  2013 Chachi #56

Notice anything odd about Jimenez's first Topps card?

Jimenez Games I've Attended per Hardball Passport



Cards and game statistics through 5/2/15.

2015 Chachi #18 Dustin McGowan

#40
Dustin Michael McGowan
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  240
Born:  March 24, 1982, Savannah, GA
Drafted:  Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round of the June 2000 draft
Teams:  Toronto Blue Jays 2005-2008, 2011, 2013-2014; Phillies 2015
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the Los Angeles Dodgers, April 4, 2015

2003 Topps Traded #T255
0 McGowan Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  N/A
First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Phillies Topps Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Latest Card:  N/A

First Topps Base Card:  2003 Topps Traded #T255
First Chachi Base Card:  2015 Chachi #18

McGowan Games I've Attended per Hardball Passport

N/A

Cards and game statistics through 5/2/15.

2007 Topps Opening Day #185 Tom Gordon

Marlins 7, Phillies 0
Game 25 - Saturday Afternoon, May 2nd in Miami
Record - 8-17

One Sentence Summary:  The Marlins easily handled the Phillies, shutting them out 7-0.

What It Means:  The 2015 Phillies are not a very good baseball team.  They've now lost five in a row and they'll try to avoid the series sweep this afternoon.

What Happened:  Cole Hamels was hit pretty hard, allowing a three-run home run to Martin Prado in the second.  Overall, he surrendered six runs on ten hits in six innings of work.  The offense never even got a runner into scoring position.

Featured Card:  Dee Gordon, son of former Phillies closer Tom Gordon, is on fire right now.  He collected three more hits in this game to raise his league leading average to .440.  He scored three times and stole a few bases for good measure.

Transaction:  Struggling starting pitcher David Buchanan was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and reliever Elvis Araujo was recalled to take his place.  Another roster move will be needed on Tuesday when Chad Billingsley is activated from the disabled list to make his first start of the season.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

2015 Chachi #17 Jerome Williams

#31
Jerome Lee Williams
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  262
Born:  December 4, 1981, Honolulu, HI
Drafted:  Selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 1st round of the June 1999 draft
Teams:  San Francisco Giants 2003-2005, Chicago Cubs 2005-2006, Washington Nationals 2007, Los Angeles Angels 2011-2013, Houston Astros 2014, Texas Rangers 2014, Phillies 2014-
Acquired:  Selected off waivers from the Texas Rangers, August 10, 2014

2003 Topps Traded #T149
2014 Topps Update Red #US-236
2014 Chachi #60
2015 Phillies Team Issue #31
3 Williams Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2014 Topps Update Red #US-236
First Phillies Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #31
First Phillies Topps Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #31
Latest Card:  2015 Topps Phillies #PHP-14

First Topps Base Card:  2003 Topps Traded #T149
First Chachi Base Card:  2014 Chachi #60

Williams Games I've Attended per Hardball Passport



Cards and game statistics through 5/1/15.

2015 Topps Tribute '52 Gold #294 Ryan Howard

Marlins 4, Phillies 3
Game 24 - Friday Night, May 1st in Miami
Record - 8-16, 5th Place, 8 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Marlins came from behind to walk-off with a 4-3 win.

What It Means:  The Phillies start the month of May with a loss and only the Brewers (5-18) have a worse winning percentage than the Phils.

What Happened:  It really looked as if this was going to be the Phillies night after Chase Utley's three-run home run in the third.  But that was the only offense produced by the Phillies and the Marlins hung around long enough for the win.

Giancarlo Stanton scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, coming around on Marcell Ozuna's double off Ken Giles.

2010 Hero Decks
Featured Cards:  Ryan Howard played in his 1,299th game at first base for the Phillies, bumping Fred Luderus from the top spot of games played at the position in franchise history.  Luderus had held the record since his final game on June 23, 1920.

I recently purchased the gold '52 Tribute team set from the Topps website, which features 10 oversized (5 x 7) Phillies cards numbered to just 49 sets.  (It's 11 cards if you count the unnumbered header card.)  The regular version of this set is numbered to 99, while the gold version is numbered to 49 and contains a bonus "legend" card.  In the Phillies case, the "legend" is Mike Schmidt.  There's more about this set in a recent blog post over at 14,000 Phillies.

I also wanted to pay tribute to Luderus who is now second all-time in games played at first base for the Phillies.  The only card of his in my collection is from the 2010 Hero Decks set.  Team Phungo wrote more about Luderus in a January post.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Phillies at Marlins: May 1st to May 3rd


Friday 7:10, Saturday 4:10 and Sunday 1:10
Marlins Park - Miami, FL

Phillies 8-15, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 7 games behind the Mets
Marlins 10-12, Tied for 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 4 1/2 games behind the Mets

Phillies Probables:  Jerome Williams (2-1, 3.80), Cole Hamels (1-2, 3.19), Severino Gonzalez (0-1, 23.63)
Marlins Probables:  Tom Koehler (2-2, 4.50), Dan Haren (2-1, 3.38), Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.49)

At the Ballpark:  It's a Fireworks Friday at Marlins Park tonight with postgame fireworks.  On Sunday, the first 5,000 kids will receive a Bob the Shark Sea Creature plush doll.  (I wouldn't mind being kid #5,001 for this particular giveaway.)

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Freddy Galvis - .355
Runs:  Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera - 9
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 4
RBIs:  Chase Utley - 11
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 5

Wins:  Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams - 2
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 2.51
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 32
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 5

2002 Fleer Ultra #111 Travis Lee

Cardinals 9, Phillies 3
Game 23 - Thursday Afternoon, April 30th in St. Louis
Record - 8-15

One Sentence Summary:  The Cardinals made it look easy in a lopsided 9-3 win over the Phillies.

What It Means:  The Phillies will turn the page on April and limp into Miami to open May with a three game series against the Marlins.

What Happened:  The Phils tried to claw back into this game, but David Buchanan and the Cardinals offense were having no part of a series split.  Buchanan dropped to 0-5 by allowing seven runs on eight hits and not making it out of the fifth inning.  His league worst ERA now stands at 8.76.

Featured Card:  This is the team's worst April since Larry Bowa's squad went 9-18 in April 2002.  That team would turn things around somewhat and finish the season with a respectable record of 80-81.  I was looking for a generic 2002 Phillies baseball card to represent that season and this Travis Lee card jumped out at me.

I wonder if Lee could teach the 2015 Phillies how to bunt?

1962 Topps Stamps Roy Sievers

Cardinals 5, Phillies 2
Game 22 - Wednesday Night, April 29th in St. Louis
Record - 8-14, 5th Place, 7 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Harang suffered his first rough outing as the Cardinals downed the floundering Phillies, 5-2.

What It Means:  The loss put the Phillies back in sole possession of last place in the division.

What Happened:  Harang gave up five runs on nine hits in his six innings of work.  Ryan Howard hit a solo home run in the fourth and Odubel Herrera singled home Harang in the fifth.

Featured Ca . . . Stamp:  After this game, Chase Utley was hitting .114 which was tied for the lowest batting average in the month of April in franchise history for batters with at least 40 plate appearances.  Roy Sievers hit .114 in April 1962 while Billy Kelly hit .119 in April 1928.  (H/T to the game recap at Phillies.com)

Thursday, April 30, 2015

2015 Chachi #16 David Buchanan

#55
David Andrew Buchanan
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  200
Born:  May 11, 1989, Atlanta, GA
Home:  Peachtree City, GA
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 7th round of the June 2010 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2014-
Acquired:  Via draft

2010 Choice Williamsport
Crosscutters #3
2012 Bowman Platinum Prospect
Autographs #AP-DBU
2014 Chachi #44
 
2014 Topps Update #US-281
 
14 Buchanan Baseball Cards in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2010 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #3
First Phillies Card:  2012 Bowman Platinum Prospect Autographs #AP-DBU
First Phillies Topps Base Card:  2014 Topps Update #US-281
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2014 Phillies Team Issue 2 #55
Latest Card:  2015 Topps Phillies #PHP-3

First Chachi Base Card:  2014 Chachi #44

Buchanan Games I've Attended per Hardball Passport


Cards and game statistics through 4/29/15.

2015 Chachi #15 Aaron Harang

#34
Aaron Michael Harang
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'7"  Weight:  261
Born:  May 9, 1978, San Diego, CA
Home:  San Diego, CA
Drafted:  Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 6th round of the June 1999 draft
Teams:  Oakland Athletics 2002-2003, Cincinnati Reds 2003-2010, San Diego Padres 2011, Los Angeles Dodgers 2012, Seattle Mariners 2013, New York Mets 2013, Atlanta Braves 2014, Phillies 2015
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the Atlanta Braves

2005 Topps #376
2015 Phillies Team Issue #34
1 Harang Baseball Card in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #34
First Phillies Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #34
First Phillies Topps Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #34
Latest Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #34

First Topps Base Card:  2005 Topps #376
First Chachi Base Card:  2015 Chachi #15

Harang Games I've Attended per Hardball Passport



Cards and game statistics through 4/29/15.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

2014 Grandstand Reading Fightin Phils #14 Severino Gonzalez

Cardinals 11, Phillies 5
Game 21 - Tuesday Night, April 28th in St. Louis
Record - 8-13, Tied for 4th Place, 7 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Severino Gonzalez got knocked around in his Major League debut as the Cardinals easily handled the Phillies, 11-5.

What It Means:  Gonzalez was called upon to make a spot start as Chad Billingsley (currently on a rehab assignment in Triple A) is expected to join the rotation soon.

What Happened:  Gonzalez didn't escape the third inning and his final line wasn't pretty - seven runs on ten hits and two walks.

2015 Topps #118
Featured Cards:  I've already shown off one of the two cards of Gonzalez I have in my collection from 2014.  This the other 2014 card of his in my collection, from the Reading Fightin Phils team set.

Transactions:  Gonzalez had his contract selected from Lehigh Valley while reliever Hector Neris was optioned back to Lehigh Valley.  To make room for Gonzalez on the 40-man roster, pitcher Jonathan Pettibone was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

In a somewhat surprising roster move, Domonic Brown was activated from the disabled list . . . and then optioned to Lehigh Valley.  The official word is that the Phillies want him to get more at-bats.  Brown had 72 hours to report after being optioned and he was a no-show for the IronPigs last night.  He decided to report tonight and he's in the IronPigs starting line-up.

2015 Chachi #14 Jeff Francoeur

#3
Jeffrey Brandon Francoeur
Outfield

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  220
Born:  January 8, 1984, Atlanta, GA
Home:  Suwanee, GA
Drafted:  Selected by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round of the June 2002 draft
Teams:  Atlanta Braves 2005-2009, New York Mets 2009-2010, Texas Rangers 2010, Kansas City Royals 2011-2013, San Francisco Giants 2013, San Diego Padres 2014, Phillies 2015
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the San Diego Padres, November 11, 2014

2005 Topps #691
2015 Phillies Team Issue #3
1 Francoeur Baseball Card in My Collection per Zistle
First Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #3
First Phillies Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #3
First Phillies Topps Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #3
Latest Card:  2015 Phillies Team Issue #3

First Topps Base Card:  2005 Topps #691 (with Andy Marte)
First Chachi Base Card:  2015 Chachi #14

Francoeur Games I've Attended per Hardball Passport



Cards and game statistics through 4/28/15.