Pirates 5, Phillies 2
Game 83 - Wednesday Night, July 5th in Philadelphia
Record - 28-55, 5th place, 21 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Overdue and Unnecessary Post-Vacation Catch-Up, Part 9
One Sentence Summary: Gerrit Cole pitched six solid innings and added a two-run single as the Phils fell easily to the Pirates, 5-2.
What It Means: We traveled home on this day, ending what had been an amazing, fun and unforgettable trip to Walt Disney World and aboard the Disney Dream. Already counting the days to next year's vacation . . .
What Happened: Maikel Franco hit a two-run home run in the first inning (12) and then the offense took the rest of the day off. Ben Lively was pulled after four innings and 84 pitches having allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits. The unearned runs were due to Lively's own throwing error.
Featured Card: Daniel Nava has been a pleasant surprise this season, and as one of the team's top hitters he's found himself in the lead-off spot in the batting order recently. He had three hits in this game to raise his average to .313, and he's a leading candidate to be playing elsewhere for a contending team in the coming weeks. Nava's sole Phillies baseball card to date can be found in the team-issued photo card set.