Friday, June 20, 2014

2014 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #3 David Buchanan

Phillies 4, Cardinals 1
Game 71 - Thursday Night, June 19th in St. Louis
Record - 33-38, 4th Place, 4 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Rookie David Buchanan pitched the best game of his young career, as the Phillies defeated the Cardinals, 4-1.

What It Means:  The Phils have won five in a row, and they're suddenly playing like a respectable team.

What Happened:  Buchanan pitched into the eighth inning, allowing just a run on four hits.  Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save.  Ryan Howard continued to swing a hot bat, hitting a two-run home run in the sixth.

Featured Card:  Buchanan's sole 2014 baseball card to date can be found in the IronPigs team set.  Here's hoping he makes an appearance in the Topps Update set.

Transaction:  With Wil Nieves banged up a little, the Phillies recalled catcher Cameron Rupp from the IronPigs and optioned outfielder Aaron Altherr back down to Double-A Reading.  Altherr appeared in Tuesday night's 13-inning game as a pinch-hitter, flying out to center in his lone at-bat.

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