Padres 9, Phillies 4
Game 131 - Sunday Afternoon, August 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 52-79, Tied for 4th Place, 20 1/2 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: Alec Asher made his Major League debut, but the Phillies couldn't solve James Shields and lost the ballgame, 9-4.
What It Means: Asher is the fifth starting pitcher to make his Major League debut for the Phillies, which sets an all-time franchise record.
What Happened: Asher allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched. The bullpen took over in the sixth and allowed the Padres to plate five more runs. Odubel Herrera had his first career four-hit game and Cameron Rupp hit his 8th home run of the season.
Featured Card: At the end of the radio broadcast for this game, Scott Franzke mentioned that the Phillies bullen has pitched 27 1/3 innings during this home stand and they've allowed 24 runs for a 7.90 ERA. Adam Loewen has been one of the main contributors to this. Loewen allowed three runs on four hits in this game without retiring a batter and his ERA is up to an even 9.00.
It will be interesting to see the Phillies checklist for the upcoming Topps Update set. As much as I'd enjoy adding a Loewen Phillies card to my collection, I would bet some of the other recent Phillies additions earn a place on the checklist over him. Loewen's last base Topps card can be found in the 2008 Topps set.