Braves 10, Phillies 1
Game 27 - Sunday Afternoon, April 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 16-11, Tied for 2nd place, 1 1/2 games behind the Mets
One Sentence Summary: Vince Velasquez and Jake Thompson took a beating against the Braves offense and the Phillies bats went quiet in this 10-1 loss.
What It Means: This was not a very good game.
What Happened: Velasquez lasted just four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. Thompson went 3 2/3 allowing three runs on three hits.
Jesse Biddle, pitching for the Braves, made his Philadelphia debut pitching two scoreless innings and striking out five. He also collected an RBI-double in the ninth.
Featured Card: The Phillie Phanatic celebrated his 40th birthday on Sunday afternoon, with a bunch of trained dogs and other sports mascots joining him on the field for a pre-game celebration. The official Phanatic rookie cards are a pair of black and white postcards released by a company called Harrison/Erickson in 1980 and 1981. The cards were presumably produced for the Phanatic to hand out during early promotional appearances.
The card featured here is a faux-rookie card, released in 2001 as the header card on a pack of vintage Phillies baseball cards given away as a promotional item to fans prior to a game. The back of the card indicates that Nabisco is sponsoring this vintage baseball card giveaway and features a Ritz Crackers logo. The card actually uses an attractive design that could have fit right in with something actually released in 1978.