Game 160 - Friday Night, September 28th in Philadelphia
Record - 78-82, 3rd place, 12 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Jerad Eickhoff made his first start in over a year, but the Braves ruined his return in this 10-2 loss.
What It Means: Eickhoff was emotional following the game, thanking the Phillies and GM Matt Klentak for allowing him the opportunity to start one of the final games of the season. A healthy Eickhoff would be huge for the Phillies starting pitching rotation in 2019.
What Happened: At one point, Eickhoff struck out 7 straight Braves and he exited after 3 1/3 inning having struck out a career high 8. Luis Garcia won the nightly bullpen award of most runs allowed, giving up three runs in a 1/3 of an inning and seeing his ERA jump to 6.07 for the season. Rhys Hoskins hit a 9th inning home run, his 34th and final of the season.
Doug had yet another successful autograph haul, netting signatures from Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery and Roman Quinn* on their newly released Topps Now Player's Weekend cards. He and a few other ambitious young fans enjoyed themselves as players and coaches filed into the dugout prior to the game.
*The Topps quality control department continues to fail as the Topps Now Player's Weekend card for Odubel Herrera, featuring his Torrito nickname, shows a picture of fellow outfielder Roman Quinn. If nothing else, I'm using Topps' short-comings as a lesson to my sons in what happens when someone doesn't double check their work or when someone flat out doesn't care about his/her job.