Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 Topps Heart of the Order #HOR-14 Ryan Howard

Phillies 2, Orioles 1
Game 68 - Thursday Afternoon, June 18th in Philadelphia
Record - 23-45, 5th Place, 13 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Ryan Howard's two-run home run in the sixth inning was the difference in this ballgame as the Phillies won, 2-1.

What It Means:  The nine game losing streak is over!  The Cardinals come to town tonight to start a three-game series.

What Happened:  The offense managed just five hits, but thankfully one of them was Howard's blast.  Starting pitcher Sean O'Sullivan set a career high with seven strikeouts and allowed just a run in five innings.  Jake Diekman pitched a scorless sixth for the win.

Featured Card:  This Howard insert card was included in one of the packs of the recently released Topps Series 2 that I purchased from our local Target yesterday.  Interestingly enough, the photo here is from the 2008 World Series as you can see the 2008 World Series patch on Howard's right shoulder.

Transaction:  Diekman was recalled from Lehigh Valley prior to this game and Dustin McGowan was designated for assignment.

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