Thursday, June 13, 2013

2012 Topps #243 Justin De Fratus

Twins 4, Phillies 3
Game 66 - Wednesday Night, June 12th in Minneapolis
Record - 31-35, 3rd Place, 8 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Justin De Fratus allowed the eventual winning run to score on an eighth inning wild pitch as the Phils lost again to the Twins, 4-3.

What It Means:  The Phillies have lost five in a row, and they'll try to avoid the sweep tonight with Cliff Lee on the mound.

What Went Wrong:  The De Fratus wild pitch would have been harmless if not for the back-to-back doubles allowed by Antonio Bastardo to start the inning.  Starter Tyler Cloyd lasted only five innings (one run on six hits) leaving the game in the hands of the very shaky bullpen.

The offense managed six singles (three from Ben Revere) and a double (Michael Young).

Featured Card:  De Fratus has actually been one of the more reliable Phillie relievers this year.  It's easy to blame this loss on his wild pitch, but there were so many more Phillies problems on display during this ballgame.  (No offense, shaky pitching, lack of energy, etc.)

De Fratus' lone Phillies card so far this year can be found in the Phillies team issued set, and he also appears in the Lehigh Valley IronPigs team set.  He made his "rookie" card debut last year with cards in the Topps flagship (shown here) and Topps Heritage offerings.  Proving that Topps knows how to pick a good De Fratus photo, I used the same exact Getty image for De Fratus' 2011 Chachi card.

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