Sunday, September 18, 2016

2011 Topps ToppsTown #TT2-37 Jeremy Hellickson

Phillies 8Marlins 0
Game 149 - Saturday Night, September 17th in Philadelphia
Record - 67-82, 4th place, 21 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeremy Hellickson held the Marlins to three hits and needed 106 pitches to toss a complete game shutout.

What It Means:   I missed this semi-milestone when it happened this past week, but with their 64th win of the season on Tuesday night the Phillies have officially improved over their 63-99 record in 2015.  Now if they can win their final 12 games in a row, they'll finish with a somewhat impressive 79-82 record.  Seems reasonable.

What Happened:  Hellickson won his 12th game of the season, the first Phillies pitcher with that many wins since Cliff Lee won 14 in 2013.  The Phillies had a five-run first inning, capped by a bases clearing, three-run double from A.J. Ellis.  Tommy Joseph hit his 20th home run of the season in the second inning.

Featured Card:  I'm fresh out of Hellickson's Phillies cards to feature for this post, as I've already featured the five Phillies cards of his in my collection.  So let's flash back to 2011, which is the year Hellickson last tossed a complete game shutout.  As a member of the Rays, he blanked the Orioles at home on May 13th and he go on to win A.L. Rookie of the Year honors.

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