Game 75 - Monday Night, June 25th in Philadelphia
Record - 35-40, Tied for 4th Place, 8 games behind the Nationals
Vacation Catch-Up - Part 4 of 9
What It Means: This is why the 2012 version of the Phillies is so frustrating. Just when I'm about to completely give up hope, they pull off a game like this one, in which everything seemed to come together nicely.
What Went Right: The Phils jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first thanks to aggressive base running and three throwing errors from the Pirates. Carlos Ruiz had three hits in the win and Jimmy Rollins contributed a lead-off double to start the first and a two-run home run in the fourth.
Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings, allowing all three runs (two earned) on seven hits while striking out eight.
Featured Card: It feels like forever since I featured a new Phillies card, given the losses that have piled up recently and my week-long vacation to the shore. (I featured three newish Phillies cards back on June 21st.) This is J-Roll's 1971 Topps-style card from the Topps Archives set, which after much deliberation, I decided not to collect. Don't get me wrong - I like the set, and I'm learning not to mind the flimsy card stock. But my multi-year transformation from a set collector to a Phillies card collector is now complete.
One day, I'll turn my attention back to the sole Topps base set from the '70s currently missing from my set collection.