Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Bowman #15 Domonic Brown

Phillies 6, Mets 4
Game 51 - Friday Night, May 27th in Flushing

One Sentence Summary:  It wasn't pretty, but the Phillies scored three times in the ninth to prevail over the Mets, 6-4.

What It Means:  The Phillies are lucky to escape this one with the win.  They gave the Mets plenty of opportunities to run away with this game, but fortunately . . . they're the Mets.  With a record of 32-19, the Phils now have a game a half lead in the division as the Marlins get underway in San Francisco.

What Went Right:  The Phillies were trailing 3-2 heading into the eighth inning.  Pinch-hitter Domonic Brown reached on a single and came around to score the tying run on Jimmy Rollins' RBI-double.  Later, with one out in the ninth, Brown grounded a ball right under the glove of first baseman Daniel Murphy, scoring Carlos Ruiz with the go-ahead run.  It was ruled a hit and the Phils tacked on two more runs in the inning.  The three runs marked the first time the Phillies had ever scored on Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Roy Oswalt scattered nine hits over his six innings of work, allowing just one earned run.  Ryan Madson made it interesting in the ninth, but he eventually recorded his tenth save.

What Went Wrong:  The team was sloppy in the field, tallying three errors.  They were held to just four hits in the first six innings by Mets starter Chris Capuano.

Featured Card:  I recently picked up the 2011 Bowman Phillies team set on eBay, and once again I'm completely underwhelmed by this set.  The silver team logo in the bottom corner is a nice touch, but overall the design is still blah.  This set's draw is its prospects, although it would be interesting to go back and grade prior Bowman sets for their Phillies prospect selection.  It seems as if the majority of the Phillies prospects who have appeared in these sets haven't panned out.

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