Friday, July 4, 2014

2014 Donruss The Rookies #11 Cameron Rupp

Phillies 5, Marlins 4
Game 85 - Thursday Night, July 3rd in Miami
Record - 37-48, Tied for 4th Place, 10 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies showed some life and battled back in the late innings to win the series finale against the Marlins, 5-4.

What It Means:  It means the six game losing streak is over and the Phillies will head to Pittsburgh to open a three game holiday weekend series tomorrow.

What Happened:  Catcher Cameron Rupp keyed the three-run sixth inning with a two-run double that gave the Phillies their first lead in this game, 3-2.  Rupp also threw out Christian Yelich in the seventh trying to steal second.  The Marlins battled back to take the lead against Jake Diekman in the eighth, 4-3.

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But uncharacteristically for the 2014 Phillies, the offense put together some good at-bats in the top of the ninth to retake the lead, and eventually win the ballgame 5-4.  Tony Gwynn, Jr. walked to start the inning, went to third on Ben Revere's single and scored on Jimmy Rollins' fielder's choice to second.  Chase Utley grounded out one batter later, but Revere scored the eventual winning run on Utley's ground-out.
Featured Cards:  Rupp earned the featured card in this post for being the first Phillie in what seemed like weeks to come up with a clutch hit.  Rupp has several cards in this year's Panini offerings, including this 1988 Donruss inspired The Rookies insert card.

I also wanted to feature a card for outfielder Aaron Altherr, who made his first Major League start in this game, playing left field.  Altherr went 0 for 4 at the plate and was optioned back to Reading following the game.

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