Marlins 4, Phillies 3
Game 44 - Thursday Afternoon, May 23rd in Miami
Record - 20-24
One Sentence Summary: Marlon Byrd's clutch, game-tying, two run home run was all for naught as Jake Diekman couldn't escape the ninth and the Marlins walked off with a 4-3 win.
What It Means: It means the three game winning streak is distant history and the Phillies will try to break the current two game losing streak tonight at home against the Dodgers.
What Happened: The game was scoreless until the sixth when Cole Hamels allowed the first of the three runs he'd eventually surrender. Byrd tied the game at three a piece with a long drive to deep center field. The usually reliable Diekman recorded two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but four singles, including an infield single that he booted coming off the mound, led to the Marlins win.
Featured Card: Byrd has been one of the bright spots in the Phillies line-up, and he's leading the team with 29 RBIs. He's only had a handful of 2014 Phillies cards to date, but there's plenty in the well from which to draw from during his first stint with the club between 2002 and 2005.
I flipped through my 2004 Phillies binder to find one of Byrd's cards for this post, and for some reason this Playoff Honors card caught my eye. I can honestly say I have no recollection of acquiring this card, but I liked the action shot of Byrd rounding the bases at the Vet.