Sunday, March 6, 2011

2008 Topps Heritage Chrome Refractors #C66 Roy Halladay

Pirates 4, Phillies 3
Spring Training Game 8 - Saturday Afternoon, March 5th in Clearwater

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils not only lost the game, but they also lost prospect Domonic Brown for a few months with a broken hand.

What It Means:  Brown may be joining Chase Utley on the disabled list to start the season.  He broke an 0 for 15 spring skid in the second inning with a single to center.  Shortly thereafter, Brown was out of the game, having broken the hook of his hamate bone with a foul ball on the first swing of his at-bat.  It was also revealed yesterday that Utley had received a cortisone shot to his right knee.  At this point, it's just  a waiting game to see if Utley's knee responds to the treatment.

Top Hitters:  Ben Francisco hit his second home run of the spring and added a double to raise his average to .421.  Delwyn Young went three for three with a run scored and an RBI.

Top Pitchers:  In his three shutout innings of work, starter Roy Halladay struck out four and allowed just one hit.  Ryan Madson enjoyed another perfect inning of work, striking out two.

Featured Card:  I went with a week of 1958 Topps-inspired cards last week, so I'll try to stick to the pattern and feature some 1959 Topps-inspired cards this week.  This is super shiny version of Halladay's 2008 Topps Heritage card, officially known as a Refractor.  The cards in this parallel insert set were numbered to just 559, and this is card number 103 out of the 559.

Other Stuff:  Halladay was officially named the team's opening day starter for the matinee against the Astros on April 1st.

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