Saturday, April 13, 2013

2007 Topps Phillies #PHI10 Chase Utley

Phillies 3, Marlins 1 (10 Innings)
Game 10 - Friday Night, April 12th in Miami
Record - 5-5, 4th Place, 4 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Chase Utley tripled home the eventual winning run in the 10th inning, helping the Phillies to a 3-1 win over the Marlins.

What It Means:  For the first time this season, the Phillies are at .500 and a win tonight would give them their first winning record.

What Went Right:  Granted, the Marlins don't have the strongest of line-ups, but credit should still be given to John Lannan who pitched another strong game before making way for the bullpen.  In six innings, Lannan allowed a run on three hits.  That lone Marlins run came when Juan Pierre scored on a Placido Polanco single.  Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams, Phillippe Aumont and Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

The Phils got on the board in the sixth when Domonic Brown doubled home Ryan Howard.  The score was knotted at one until Utley tripled down the right field line to bring home Ben Revere, who had reached on single to start the 10th.

2007 Topps Phillies #PHI11
Featured Cards:  Thanks to a tip from reader Burnell, I recently picked up the 2007 Topps Phillies retail set from The Baseball Card Shop Online Store.  I had never dealt with them before, but the set arrived very quickly and very well packaged.  Utley's card from the set does indeed bear a different pose from that of his regular 2007 Topps card, featured back in my 2007 Topps Phillies post.  Jimmy Rollins has a vertical card in the retail set, as opposed to the (cooler) horizontal card found in the regular set.  (Please see Steve F.'s comment within that post for a complete run-down of all 2007 Topps-related variations.)

Now I just need to track down a 2006 Topps Phillies retail team set, and I'll own a complete run of the sets from 2006 to 2013.

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