Game 46 - Tuesday Night, May 21st in Miami
Record - 22-24, 3rd Place, 5 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The offense supplied seven runs and fifteen hits in support of Tyler Cloyd's great start, as the Phillies defeated the Marlins, 7-3.
What It Means: If the Phillies could just play like this on a consistent basis, the rest of the season could get interesting. They'll go for the series win tonight.
What Went Right: Cloyd pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. The bats actually didn't wake up until the fourth, when Delmon Young homered to left-center. Another run followed in the sixth, but the big inning was the seventh when the Phils plated four runs on five hits. The big blows that inning were Ryan Howard's two-run single to right and Domonic Brown's RBI-double.
Featured Card: The offense hasn't given me many opportunities so far this year to feature any of their 2013 baseball cards. So when Howard goes 3 for 5 with 3 RBIs, I have a bunch of 2013 cards of his I could post that I haven't yet featured. Howard wasn't even supposed to be in the line-up last night, as he's dealing with some knee issues.
After sorting through my 2013 Howard collection, I settled on his Bowman card since that one just arrived in my mail box a few days ago. I've seen a few other bloggers comment on how much they like the Bowman design this year, and you can count me among the design's fans. The white border works well and there's not an overwhelming use of silver foil on the cards' fronts. Overall, it's a nice effort for Topps.