Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Phillies Team Issue 2 #63 Jake Diekman

Phillies 4, Mariners 3
Game 127 - Wednesday Afternoon, August 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 56-71, 5th Place, 17 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The bullpen trio of Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon combined for four scoreless innings as the Phils held off the Mariners, 4-3.

What It Means:  It means the Phillies actually won the series from the contending Mariners.  They'll have an off-day today before opening up a weekend series against the Cardinals.

What Happened:  Cole Hamels didn't have his best stuff, lasting just five innings and giving up three runs on nine hits.  But the bullpen was fantastic, registering nine strikeouts in their four innings of work.  Chase Utley gave the Phillies the lead for good with an RBI single in the fourth.

Featured Card:  Diekman threw two of the four shutout innings from the bullpen, striking out four.  Two of the biggest positives from the 2014 season are the emergence of Diekman and Giles at the back end of the bullpen.  This is Diekman's card from the recently released second series of Phillies team issued cards.


Steve F. said...

I think that was the Phils' first series win ever over the Mariners (or first season series win maybe). Granted, they probably have played Seattle in only 5 or so seasons. Nice scrappy victory for the Phils, bringing my season record to 2-5. A secretary who sits near me just told me she is 2-11 this year, including spring training! (Although to me any game attended at spring training would be a win.)

Jim said...

2-11 is brutal! She deserves some sort of compensation from the Phillies.