Sunday, July 14, 2013

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen #298 Michael Young

Phillies 2, White Sox 1 (Game 2 - 13 Innings)
Game 95 - Saturday Night, July 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 47-48, 3rd Place, 7 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Michael Young ended a very long day of baseball with an RBI-single in the bottom of the 13th, giving the Phillies a 2-1 victory.

What It Means:  The Phils will go for the series win this afternoon, and they'll attempt to enter the All-Star break with a .500 record.

The big news following game one of the double header was the loss of Ben Revere, who broke a bone in his foot when he fouled a pitch off it in the bottom of the 11th.  Since May 1st, Revere had hit .347 and it really stinks that the club is losing his bat, his speed and his glove in the line-up.  Here's hoping for the best for Revere's foot!

What Went Right:  Young's hit scored Jimmy Rollins, who had to make a great head-first slide to avoid the tag of catcher Tyler Flowers.  John Mayberry, Jr. had tied it up in the seventh with a solo home run.

John Lannan pitched his second straight strong game, allowing just a run on four hits in his eight innings of work.  The bullpen was also surprisingly strong, pitching five scoreless innings.

Featured Card:  Young had been one of the names mentioned most frequently in possible Phillies trade scenarios, had they not started winning ballgames over the past few weeks.  At this point, it seems as if the Phils won't sell off pending free agents (like they did last year) and we could see Young on more Phillies baseball cards as the season progresses.  This is card from the Gypsy Queen set, released way back in early April.

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