Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2013 Topps Chrome Dynamic Die-Cuts #DY-CH Cole Hamels

Phillies 6, Braves 1 (13 Innings)
Game 67 - Monday Night, June 16th in Atlanta
Record - 30-38, Tied for 4th Place, 5 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Cole Hamels pitched seven outstanding innings and Jonathan Papelbon survived a shaky ninth inning as the Phillies defeated the Braves, 1-0.

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies came back to win in 13 by a score of 6-1 after Jonathan Papelbon couldn't save Cole Hamels' extremely well-pitched game.

What It Means:  Somehow the Phillies are just 5 1/2 games out of first place despite being eight games under .500.

What Happened:  Hamels' night (7 IP, 0 runs, 6 strikeouts) was all for naught as Papelbon allowed the Braves to tie the game in the ninth.  The Phillies bullpen (other than Papelbon) continued to impress with five scoreless innings, led by two scoreless frames from Antonio Bastardo.  The Phils plated five runs in the 13th thanks to a costly error from Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and a two-run triple from Reid Brignac.

2014 Phillies Team Issue #19
Featured Cards:  I had already scanned in this die-cut card of Hamels' prior to Papelbon's blown save, so I'm going with it anyway.  This is what happens when you mix Topps Chrome with one of those old 7-11 Slurpee discs.

Transaction:  The baseball family lost one of its all-time greats yesterday when Tony Gwynn passed away at the all-too young age of 54.  Gwynn had been battling cancer, which he believed resulted from years of abusing chewing tobacco.  It was sad and shocking news.

His son, Tony Gwynn, Jr., was placed on the Phillies bereavement list, and outfielder Aaron Altherr was recalled from Double-A Reading.  Altherr has struggled this year, but he was the only healthy outfield option currently on the team's 40-man roster.

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