Sunday, August 7, 2011

1993 Upper Deck #485 Hammers & Nails

Giants 3, Phillies 1
Game 114 - Sunday Afternoon, August 7th in San Francisco

One Sentence Summary:  The offense sputtered out as the Phillies failed to win their 10th in a row, losing to the Giants, 3-1.

What It Means:  The Phillies missed out on a chance to sweep the Giants and their record is now 74-40.  They have a seemingly comfortable 8 1/2 game lead in the East as they prepare for a three-game series in Los Angeles.

What Went Wrong:  Roy Oswalt (4-7) returned from the disabled list and started for the first time in eight weeks.  He allowed runners in every inning as he surrendered twelve hits and three runs in his six innings of work.

The Phillies just couldn't get anything started against Giants starter Tim Lincecum (10-9).  Their lone run came in the third when Chase Utley's RBI-single brought home Oswalt, who had singled to start the inning.

Featured Card:  The Phillies began the day with a 9 1/2 lead in the N.L. East.  That's the largest division lead held by the team since September 5, 1993 when they defeated the Reds, 5-3, to open up a 9 1/2 game lead in the division over the Montreal Expos.  Dave Hollins and Lenny Dykstra both had three hits that day and Curt Schilling won his 12th game of the season.  The Expos would creep back into it though, and the Phillies would eventually win the division by only three games.  (Although they had a six-game lead when they clinched in Pittsburgh on September 28th.)

The moral of the story?  The 2011 Phillies need to keep plugging away.  There's still a lot of work to be done.

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