Tuesday, July 2, 2013

1994 Upper Deck All-Star #7 Darren Daulton

Dodgers 6, Phillies 4
Game 80 - Late Thursday Night, June 27th in Los Angeles
Record - 38-42, 3rd Place, 7 1/2 games behind the Braves

Colossal Post-Vacation Catch-Up, Part 6 of 9

One Sentence Summary:  Ryan Howard had a bad day at the office as the Phillies dropped the first game of the Dodgers series, 6-4.

What It Means:  After a while, these types of losses all seem to blend together.  Howard took full responsibility for this loss, blaming his slip while trying to field a bunt in the seventh inning and his 0 for 4 performance at the plate.

What Went Wrong:  The offense generated 14 hits, including a four-hit performance from Delmon Young, but the bats went 2 for 8 with runners in scoring position.  Howard was the biggest rally killer, grounding into a key double play in the fifth with runners on first and second.  Justin De Fratus took the loss when he allowed two runs to score in the seventh.

Featured Card:  The result of this game was secondary to the awful news coming out of Philadelphia on Thursday that former Phillies catcher Darren Daulton had been diagnosed with two brain tumors.  I immediately thought back to the days we received similar news with regards to Tug McGraw and John Vukovich.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Dutch right now and I hope his surgery, which happened yesterday, went well.

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