Game 12 - Sunday Afternoon, April 14th in Miami
Record - 6-6, 4th Place, 5 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Roy Halladay pitched eight solid innings in Miami on the way to his 200th career victory and a 2-1 Phillies win.
What It Means: It wasn't a crisp performance from Doc, and the Marlins are pretty awful, but a win's a win. The most troubling aspect of this series is the fact that the Phillies only managed to outscore the Marlins in all three games by a combined total of 6-4.
The Phillies open up a three game series tonight in Cincinnati, where they'll try to climb over .500 for the first time this season.
What Went Right: Halladay allowed a run on five hits while striking out five, and at one point he retired ten Marlins batters in a row.
The Phillies scored their first run in the sixth when Michael Young singled home Ryan Howard, who had reached on a double. Pinch-hitter Laynce Nix gave the team the lead with a long solo home run to right in the top of the ninth.
Gus Weyhing - 1893
Chief Bender - June 13, 1913
Robin Roberts - August 1, 1958
Steve Carlton - July 23, 1978
Roy Halladay - April 14, 2013
I've featured quite a few Carlton and Roberts cards on my blog over the years, but this is the blog debut for Bender. This is the sole Bender card in my collection, as his contemporary cards from the 1900s and 1910s are a bit too rich for my blood. I've seen this set listed as both the 1980 Baseball Immortals set or the probably more accurate 1980-1987 SSPC HOF set. The set was originally issued in 1980, containing a card for each Hall of Fame inductee to date. Update cards were issued every year thereafter until 1987 for each new Hall of Fame class.
Bender spent the tail-end of his 16-year Hall of Fame career with the Phillies, appearing in 47 games with the club in 1916 and 1917.