Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pray for Boston

Ben Revere's glove from last night's game
Reds 4, Phillies 2 
Game 13 - Monday Night, April 15th in Cincinnati
Record - 6-7, 4th Place, 5 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  With all players wearing #42 to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day, the Reds scored twice in the eighth to defeat the Phillies, 4-2.

What It Means:  Given the events in Boston earlier in the day, this loss really doesn't mean all that much.

2007 Topps Co-Signers #42
What Went Wrong:  Cliff Lee pitched a solid ballgame, but faltered in the seventh.  Lee's final line was two runs on five hits in seven innings, with a walk, four strike outs and a costly wild pitch that led to the first Reds run.  The Phillies were held in check by Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, with their only runs coming courtesy of a game tying, two-run pinch-hit home run from Chase Utley in the eighth.
The game didn't stay tied for long as Jeremy Horst allowed two runners to start the bottom of the eighth, and both would come around to score.

Other than Utley's home run, the other big highlight for the Phillies was the amazing catch made by Ben Revere in the second inning.  Revere wore the message "Pray for Boston" taped to his glove.

Featured Card:  Jimmy Rollins broke out a pair of blue high-top cleats for the first half of the game, emblazoned with Robinson's #42.  Unfortunately, the cleats didn't help him at the plate as he went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.  This is the sole Rollins card in my collection to bear the #42.

Like many of you, I watched last night's game with a heavy heart due to the terrorist attack in Boston earlier in the day.  Our family's thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, the runners in the Boston Marathon, the first responders and the city of Boston.

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