Game 60 - Wednesday Afternoon, June 5th in Philadelphia
Record - 30-30, 2nd Place, 7 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Cole Hamels, Domonic Brown and a five-run seventh inning led the Phillies to a 6-1 win over the Marlins and a series sweep.
What It Means: It means all sorts of things. The Phillies are at .500 for the first time since April 14th. Hamels recorded an 11-strikeout game and the Phillies scored six runs in their fourth consecutive game for the first time since September 2010. The Phils open up a ten-game road trip in Milwaukee tonight.
What Went Right: Hamels improved his record to 2-9 by allowing just a run on four hits over seven innings. It was another low-scoring affair until the Phillies exploded in the seventh with five runs on five hits, including a Ryan Howard two-run triple and two-run home run (his 18th) from Brown.
Featured Card: My Topps Archives team set arrived yesterday, and my only wish is that Topps would expand this offering into a larger set. There are only six Phillies base cards and three Phillies short-prints in the 245-card set. Some collectors might balk at this idea, but I wish Topps would retire one of its premium sets or its Gypsy Queen set and just give us two series of Topps Archives each year.
Topps did a decent job reproducing its 1982 set design for the Hamels card featured here. For some reason, the reds, pinks and oranges don't clash as much here as they did when I tried my hand at a 1982 Topps inspired Chachi card a few years ago.