Sunday, July 25, 2010

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter #163 Raul Ibañez

Phillies 6, Rockies 0
Game 96 - Friday Night, July 23rd in Philadelphia

While we rehearsed for my sister's wedding, the Phillies offense decided to make an appearance. I may have checked the score a few times on my BlackBerry, and I may have been surprised and slightly shocked to see the team put up a 5-spot in the 5th inning. New hitting coach Greg Gross must be a genius!

Raul Ibañez started the scoring when he doubled home Jimmy Rollins and Placido Polanco, who had both reached on singles. Ibañez advanced to third on a Ryan Howard single and eventually came in to score on a Jayson Werth sac fly. Ross Gload then connected for his 4th home run of the year, giving Roy Halladay all the run support he'd need. They added a run in the 8th when Ibañez once again drove in Rollins with a single. Rollins had doubled to reach.

Halladay held the Rockies to just 5 singles in his 8 scoreless innings of work while striking out 9. If it were a season in which the offense was performing up its to expectations, Halladay would be the featured baseball card for this post. However, given how little chance I've had to post baseball cards from the team's hitters, Ibañez gets the nod here.

Miguel Cairo (#9) and Paul Bako (#23) make appearances in this year's Allen & Ginter set on Ibañez' card. I'm sure this trio didn't appear in too many games together in 2009, so it shouldn't be too hard to figure out which game this picture comes from. Anyone want to take a shot at it?

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