Saturday, August 24, 2013

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #257 Michael Young

Phillies 4, Rockies 3
Game 126 - Wednesday Night, August 21st in Philadelphia 
Record - 56-70, 4th Place, 21 games behind the Braves 

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies walked off with an improbable 4-3 win over the Rockies, courtesy of clutch ninth inning hits from Carlos Ruiz and Michael Young.

What It Means:  The season is a bust, but games like this at least make us smile and remember that these guys can be exciting every once in a while.

What Went Right:  Down two runs, Erik Kratz led off the ninth with a double and pinch-runner Casper Wells scored the tying run on a double from Chooch.  Young followed that up with a single to left to score Ruiz with the winning run.

Chase Utley hit his 16th home run of the year in the first.  Cliff Lee labored at times, but he still held the Rockies to two runs on nine hits.  Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out two, and was credited with the win.

Featured Card:  Young shouldn't even be here anymore, as logic had him being traded off to a contender prior to the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline.  He may still find himself playing on a winning team in September as the Phillies have until next Saturday to trade him away.  This is his card from the recently released Allen & Ginter set.

It should also be documented here that friend o' the blog, Pete V. was tossed the ball from Young's game-winning hit by Rockies left fielder Charlie Blackmon.  Pete deftly caught the ball and then promptly handed it off to a little girl sitting in his section.  Bravo, sir.  Well done.

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