Phillies 3, Marlins 1
Game 6 - Thursday Night, April 12th in Philadelphia
Record - 3-3, 3rd Place in N.L. East, 1 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies rode a strong pitching performance from Joe Blanton and solo home runs from Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton to a 3-1 win over the Marlins.
What It Means: The Phillies won their first series of the season, and they're back up to .500.
What Went Right: Blanton pitched a great ballgame, scattering three hits over his seven innings of work. He performance was backed up with stellar defense from Freddy Galvis, Victorino and Wigginton. Victorino and Wigginton also hit their first home runs of the season. Hunter Pence added two more hits to raise his average to .391 and he also made a nice diving grab in right.
Jonathan Papelbon allowed a few runners to reach in the ninth before retiring the Marlins and earning his second save.
Featured Card: Jenna and I attended our first game of the season last night. I picked up a new Media Guide and the team issued post card set which includes this Blanton card. I like the design of this year's cards with the wood-grain border across the bottom. The "2012 First Edition" below the player's name is a very good indication that the team will continue its recent tradition of issuing a mid- or late-season update series.
Here's a break-down of the 38-card set:
Players on the opening day 25-man roster - 23
Players currently on the disabled list - 4
Coaching staff and manager - 7
Phillie Phanatic card - 1
Players starting the season at Triple-A - 3
Pete Orr and Joe Savery are omitted from the set, while there are cards for Domonic Brown, Scott Podsednik and Michael Schwimer. Of the players currently on the disabled list, all but Justin De Fratus are included in the set. Finally, there's the mandatory Phanatic card, but no card for the team's announcers.
Field Report: The Phillies are off to a 1-0 start in games I've attended this season. The extra large baseball cards featuring the day's starting line-up are still in place, and the 2011 Topps design is still in use. I snapped this picture of the 2011 Topps Freddy Galvis card that never was. We were happy to find a new nachos stand behind Section 122, and I'd highly recommend the BBQ chicken nachos the next time you're at Citizens Bank Park.