Thursday, April 21, 2011

1998 Bowman's Best #158 Randy Wolf

Brewers 9, Phillies 0
Game 16 - Tuesday Night, April 19th in Philadelphia

One Sentence Summary:  In one of the uglier Phillies games in recent memory, Roy Halladay had a rare off night and the offense managed just two hits in a 9-0 shellacking from the Brewers.

What It Means:  It was ugly.  The Phillies lost consecutive games for the first time this season, falling to 10-6.  The Marlins are now just a half game behind the Phils for the top spot in the N.L. East.  The team has not scored more than four runs in a game since April 9th, but Cliff Lee will try to help the team avoid a Brewers sweep tomorrow afternoon.  (UPDATE - He did!)

What Went Wrong:  Just about everything went wrong.  Halladay allowed six runs on ten hits in 6 2/3 innings.  The offense was 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.  David Herndon didn't retire a batter as the three Brewers he faced homered, walked and singled.

Featured Card:  Former Phillie Randy Wolf pitched six shutout innings for the win.  This is Wolf's card from the 1998 Bowman's Best set.  He'd also appear in various Bowman issues throughout 1998, even though he wouldn't make his debut with the Phillies until June 1999.

Other Stuff:  I caught glimpses of this game on MLB's Gameday while working at a client site in California on Tuesday.  It was weird to have dinner after the game had already ended.

Transactions:  The Phillies recalled left-handed pitcher Mike Zagurski from AAA Lehigh Valley on Tuesday afternoon to take the roster spot of injured reliever J.C. Romero.  Romero crumpled to the ground during Monday night's game with a strained right calf.

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