Monday, September 1, 2014

Phillies at Braves: September 1st to September 3rd

Monday 1:10, Tuesday 7:10, Wednesday 12:10
Turner Field - Atlanta, GA

Phillies 62-74, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 15 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Braves 72-65, 2nd Place in the N.L. East, 6 games behind the Nationals

Phillies Probables:  Cole Hamels (7-6, 2.59), Kyle Kendrick (7-11, 4.97), David Buchanan (6-7, 4.03)
Braves Probables:  Julio Teheran (13-9, 2.90), Mike Minor (6-8, 4.70), Ervin Santana (13-7, 3.53)

At the Ballpark:  All fans attending this afternoon's game will receive a bobblehead of Hall of Famer Bobby Cox.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Ben Revere - .308
Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 75
Home Runs:  Marlon Byrd - 25
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 86
Stolen Bases:  Ben Revere - 40

Wins:  A.J. Burnett, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick - 7
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 2.59
Strikeouts:  A.J. Burnett - 165
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 33
1988 Topps Traded #39T

1988 Topps Appreciation:  It's hard for me to recall anything in particular from Ron Gant's time with the Phillies.  He was one of those veteran guys that came along when the team was struggling, filled a need for a short time and then moved along.  The Phils acquired Gant along withJeff Brantley and Clif Politte from the Cardinals for Ricky Bottalico and Garrett Stephenson.  In his season and a half with the Phillies, Gant hit .257 in 227 games while hitting 37 home runs and driving in 115.  Honestly, that's not a bad showing and I'm surprised at myself for not having any real memory of his time with the club.

Right before the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July 2000, he was shipped to the Angels for Kent Bottenfield.  Gant of course came up with the Braves, and this is his first Topps card (or his "XRC" according to Beckett).

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