Phillies 7, Padres 1
Game 87 - Sunday Afternoon, July 9th in Philadelphia
Record - 29-58, 5th place, 22 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies blasted six (!) home runs in this 7-1 win over the Padres as Jerad Eickhoff notched his first win of the season.
What It Means: The first half of the 2017 season is thankfully in the books for the Phillies.
What Happened: Eickhoff had it easy in this game, getting plenty of run support on the way to his first victory. He struck out eight in his five innings. Home runs came from Nick Williams (his first), Cameron Rupp (6), two from Freddy Galvis (9 and 10), Odubel Herrera (6) and Aaron Altherr (14). It was the first time the Phillies had six home runs in a game since August 11, 2004. Homering that day were Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Jim Thome (2) and pitcher Randy Wolf (2).
Featured Card: This is a first for my custom Chachi series of cards, and I'm not sure what took me so long. Since my custom card sets' inception in 2005, every card I've created has featured a past Topps design. I wanted to use a 1983 baseball card design for this weekend's retro uniform games, but I didn't like the way the 1983 Topps customs were looking. The big picture was fine, but the small portrait picture looked silly with the modern "P" on the player's hats. (And I had already produced a full "set" of Chachi cards back in 2011 using this design.)
So I went with another option from 1983, the design of the 1983 Donruss set. Using the photos from Friday night and Sunday afternoon that I could find from the game, I created an 11-card limited edition Chachi Archives set. Now that a non-Topps set has made its debut within the Chachi family of cards, perhaps I'll branch out to other years and brands with future creations.
Transaction: Ben Lively was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for the activated Eickhoff.