Thursday, May 14, 2015

2015 Chachi #39 Jonathan Papelbon RB

Phillies 3, Pirates 2
Game 35 - Wednesday Night, May 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 12-23, 5th Place, 8 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Jonathan Papelbon became the Phillies all-time saves leader as the Phillies defeated the Pirates, 3-2.

What It Means:  The four game losing streak is over and the Phillies could split the series with the Pirates with a win this afternoon.

What Happened:  Papelbon earned the save with a huge assist from right fielder Jeff Francoeur who gunned down the tying run at the plate for the final out of the game.  Papelbon's save preserved the victory for Cole Hamels, who had pitched seven strong innings and allowed only the two Pirates runs.

Carlos Ruiz (double), Ben Revere (ground out) and Freddy Galvis (single) drove in all three Phillies runs in the fifth.

Featured Card:  Papelbon earns the first Chachi Record Breaker card for the year, which uses the same format as the original 1985 Topps set.  The back of the card would note that Papelbon now sits atop the franchise's all-time saves list with the following pitchers.

1.  Jonathan Papelbon - 113
2.  Jose Mesa - 112
3.  Steve Bedrosian - 103
4.  Mitch Williams - 102
5.  Brad Lidge - 100

Field Report:  We were there for the record setting night, and once again we upgraded our seats to Section 112 for a relatively small price.  Once again, Revere was signing autographs for fans prior to the game and my wife Jenna secured his autograph for our youngest son Ben.  Our Ben's favorite player is Revere, given that they both share the same first name.  To a five-year-old, this is more than enough to qualify as a favorite player.

My personal record improved to 2-3 for the season.

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