Sunday, September 20, 2015

2015 Choice Round Rock Express #6 Jerad Eickhoff

Braves 2, Phillies 1
Game 149 - Saturday Night, September 19th in Atlanta
Record - 56-93, 5th Place, 28 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Jerome Williams couldn't keep the Braves off the board in the 8th, and a fine pitching performance from Jerad Eickhoff was wasted in this 2-1 loss.

What It Means:  Just when I thought the Phillies had perhaps found another potential bullpen arm for 2016, Williams blows it.

What Happened:  Eickhoff pitched seven strong shutout innings, allowing just five hits.  Williams gave up the crucial hits in the eighth, but the offense is equally to blame for this loss as they managed only three hits.  Darnell Sweeney went 0 for 4 to lower his average to .161 and couldn't track down the fly ball that ultimately led to the Braves winning run.

Featured Card:  As far as I can tell, here is the complete Eickhoff baseball card checklist to date:
  • 2012 Multi-Ad Hickory Crawdads #19
  • 2013 Choice Myrtle Beach Pelicans #14
  • 2014 Choice Frisco Roughriders #8
  • 2015 Choice Round Rock Express #6
Given Eickhoff's great performance in this game, I'm stooping to using an image found in an eBay auction, and not an actual card I own, to give the young rookie the featured card in this post. Hopefully I won't have to resort to such desperate measures next season.

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