Monday, August 4, 2014

1969 Topps Decals Chris Short

Nationals 4, Phillies 0
Game 112 - Sunday Afternoon, August 3rd in Washington
Record - 49-63, 5th Place, 12 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils were blanked by Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals in their latest lethargic defeat, 4-0.

What It Means:  There are only 50 games left this season and then we can turn our attention to complaining about the lack of transactions in the offseason.

What Happened:  Once again, Cole Hamels pitched a fantastic ballgame and once again he came away with a loss.  Hamels allowed an unearned run (courtesy of a Cody Asche error) and four hits in his seven innings of work.  Strasburg allowed three hits and struck out 10 in his seven inning outing.

Featured Card:  From Bob Vetrone Jr.'s Twitter feed, Hamels is now 6-6 with a 2.42 ERA.  The last Phillies pitcher with at least 20 games started, a .500 or worse record and an ERA under 2.50 was Chris Short, who was 9-11 with a 2.39 ERA in 1967.

Transaction:  Phillippe Aumont and his 19.06 ERA found their way back to Lehigh Valley following Friday night's game and pitcher Hector Neris was recalled to take his place.  Neris will be card #59 in the rapidly expanding 2014 Chachi set.

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