Friday, May 24, 2019

1956 Topps #46 Gene Freese

I'm considering this a crossover post as I've recently dusted off my other blog, chronicling each card in the wonderful 1956 Topps set. I hope to maintain a regular posting schedule and today's post features former Phillies player Gene Freese.  Please click on over there for all of the posts to date, including a look at all the Phillies Alumni featured in the set.


Eugene Lewis Freese
Pittsburgh Pirates
Third Base



Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  5'11"  Weight:  175
Born:  January 8, 1934, Wheeling, WV
Signed:  Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent, March 25, 1953
Major League Teams:  Pittsburgh Pirates 1955-1958; St. Louis Cardinals 1958; Philadelphia Phillies 1959; Chicago White Sox 1960; Cincinnati Reds 1961-1963; Pittsburgh Pirates 1964-1965; Chicago White Sox 1965-1966; Houston Astros 1966
Died:  June 19, 2013, New Orleans, LA (age 79)

Gene Freese was a journeyman infielder who played in parts of 12 big league seasons with six different teams, including two separate stints with the Pirates and White Sox.  He tallied a .254 average over 1,115 career games and was the primary starting third baseman for the 1959 Phillies, 1960 White Sox and 1961 Reds.  His 1961 season with the Reds was his best, as he helped the Reds win the N.L. pennant with career highs in home runs (26) and RBIs (87).

Building the Set
July 31, 1993 in Ocean City, NJ - Card #115
This is one of five 1956 Topps cards I purchased at the Ocean City baseball card show during the summer of '93.  My notes indicate we paid $6 for the card, and like the other 1956 Topps cards we purchased that day this card is flawless.

I wrote about the summer of '93 and the first of five cards purchased in my post for Frank House (#32).

The Card
The Topps photographer posed Freese near what seems to be the backstop at Forbes Field.  The grand slam referenced in the final panel on the back happened on May 10, 1955 in Milwaukee's County Stadium.  With the Braves ahead 2-1 heading to the top of the 8th, and with 2 outs, Freese homered off Dave Jolly, scoring Jerry Lynch (#97), George Freese and Toby Atwell (#232).  The Pirates scored eight times that inning, taking a 9-2 lead.

George was Gene's older brother, and he played in 61 Major League games with the 1953 Tigers, 1955 Pirates and 1961 Cubs.

If you're keeping score at home (I happen to be) this is the first appearance of the green-orange bar color combination on the front of a 1956 Topps card.  There have been eight color combinations so far, and I'll post the final tally for series one in a series one wrap-up post following card #100.

1956 Season
Freese slumped in his second season in the Majors, splitting time between the Pirates and their Pacific Coast League affiliate, the Hollywood Stars.  With the Pirates, Freese appeared in 65 games, hitting .208 with 3 home runs and 14 RBIs.  Frank Thomas (#153) had arrived on the scene for the Pirates and Freese essentially lost his third base starting job to him.

Freese would rebound in 1957, splitting time at third with Thomas that season before Thomas broke out with a monster 1958 season.  No longer in need of Freese's services, the Pirates traded him to the Cardinals on June 15, 1958 with Johnny O'Brien (#65) for Dick Schofield and cash.

Phillies Career
At the end of the 1958 season, the Cardinals traded Freese the Phillies for Solly Hemus.  The regular third baseman for the 1959 Phillies, Freese would lead the team in home runs (23) and finished third in RBIs (70) behind Wally Post (#158) and Ed Bouchee who had 94 and 74 respectivley.  His claim to fame while with the Phillies were the five pinch-hit home runs he hit between April 18th and May 31st, falling one short of the record of six pinch-hit home runs set by Johnny Frederick in 1932.  His pinch-hitting days ended when the Phillies traded Willie Jones (#127) to the Indians on June 6th and Freese took over the everyday third baseman's job.

Freese led the Majors with three grand slams during the 1959 season.  The photo at right shows him crossing the plate after his second grand slam on July 2nd.  #15 Joe Koppe, Richie Ashburn (#120) and #12 Dave Philley (#222) had scored ahead of Freese, and #5 Bouchee was on deck.

Freese's Phillies tenure was over after the 1959 season, as he was traded to the White Sox on December 9th for Johnny Callison.  The Phillies would use 7 different third baseman in 1960 in an attempt to replace Freese, but Callison would go on to become a three-time All-Star for the Phillies and a fan favorite.

Freese has two Phillies baseball cards - his 1959 Topps card and a 1979 Diamond Greats oddball issue.

1955 Topps #205
1959 Topps #472
1962 Topps #205
1966 Topps #319
Other Notable Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1955 Topps #205
First Topps Card:  1955 Topps #205
Representative Phillies Card:  1959 Topps #472
Last Topps Card:  1966 Topps #319
Most Recent Mainstream Card:  1981 TCMA '60s II #304

58 - Freese non-parallel baseball cards in the Beckett online database as of 3/30/19.

Sources:  
Baseball Reference
Beckett Database
The Phillies Room
The Trading Card Database
Wikipedia

In some cases, the first and last cards listed above are subjective and chosen by me if multiple cards were released within the same year.  Most recent mainstream card may also be subjective and does not include extremely low serial numbered cards, buybacks or cut autograph cards.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

2019 Chachi #42 Cole Irvin

#47
Cole Rj Irvin
Starting Pitcher

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  219
Opening Day Age:  25
Born:  January 31, 1994, Anaheim, CA
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 5th round of the June 2016 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2019
Acquired:  Via draft
2016 Bowman Draft #BD-4
 
2016 Choice Williamsport
Crosscutters #18
First Phillies Card:  2016 Bowman Draft #BD-4
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2016 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #18
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Newest Card Added:  2018 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #13

8 - Irvin baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 5/13/19.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi #42
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #47

2019 Chachi Set Checklist
Virtual Phillies Wall - Featuring Current Active Roster

Monday, May 20, 2019

Series Preview - Phillies at Cubs: May 20th to May 23rd

1971 Topps #23
1971 Topps #12
Monday 8:05, Tuesday 7:05, Wednesday 8:05 and Thursday 2:20
Wrigley Field - Chicago, IL

Phillies 27-19, 1st place in the N.L. East, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Braves
Cubs 27-17, 1st place in the N.L. Central, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers

Phillies Probables:  Jake Arrieta (4-4, 4.02), Zach Eflin (5-4, 2.89), Cole Irvin (2-0, 2.77), Aaron Nola (4-0, 4.47)
Cubs Probables:  Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.14), Jose Quintana (4-3, 3.68), Cole Hamels (4-0, 3.13), Jon Lester (3-2, 2.09)

At the Ballpark:  On Thursday afternoon, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Cubs reusable tote bag.  I guess the Cubs marketing department felt no additional incentives were needed to come see two first place clubs do battle in an important (for May) four-game series.

I'm particularly interested in watching Wednesday night's pitching match-up!

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Jean Segura - .322
Runs:  Andrew McCutchen - 31
Home Runs:  Rhys Hoskins - 11
RBIs:  Rhys Hoskins - 36
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 3

Wins:  Zach Eflin - 5
ERA:  Zach Eflin - 2.89
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 60
Saves:  Hector Neris - 7

Cubs Leaders
Average:  Willson Contreras - .321
Runs:  Kris Bryant - 36
Home Runs:  Four tied with - 11
RBIs:  Kris Bryant - 32
Stolen Bases:  Jason Heyward - 4

Wins:  Three tied with - 3
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 3.13
Strikeouts:  Yu Darvish - 55
Saves:  Steve Cishek and Pedro Strop - 4

Game 46 - 2019 Topps Big League Blast Off! #BO-15 Bryce Harper

Phillies 7Rockies 5
Game 46 - Sunday Afternoon, May 19th in Philadelphia
Record - 27-19, 1st place, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Home runs from J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper in the decisive sixth inning sealed this victory for the Phillies and swept the Rockies out of town.

What It Means:  The series sweep was a nice rebound from the disappointing Brewers series.  The Phillies now fly to Chicago for a four-game set against the first place Cubs.

What Happened:  Trailing 5-3 heading to the bottom of the sixth, Realmuto tied the game with a two-run, pinch-hit home run (5) and then Harper broke the tie with a two-run shot (9) of his own.  Edgar Garcia, who had thrown three pitches to end to the top of the sixth, earned the win.  Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Featured Card:  Harper's three RBI day and his blast into the bullpen earns him the featured card.  This is an appropriately named insert card from the just released Topps Big League set.

Field Report:  We attended this game as part of our church's annual Phillies outing, and we couldn't have asked for a better day.  From the pre-game tailgating in Lot K and the great company to the occasional breezes up in Section 243 above Harry the K's, it was a fantastic time.

Transactions:  Scott Kingery was activated from the Injured List and immediately inserted into the starting line-up for his first career start in center field.  Somewhat surprisingly, Nick Williams was sent down to Lehigh Valley.  Williams needs at bats.  In 38 games this season, he's hitting .180 (11 for 61) with a home run and four RBIs.

2019 Chachi #40 Edgar Garcia

#41
Edgar Ernesto Garcia
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'1"  Weight:  179
Opening Day Age:  22
Born:  October 4, 1996, Palenque, DR
Signed:  Signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent, May 29, 2014
Teams:  Phillies 2019
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, February 8, 2019
2016 Choice Lakewood
BlueClaws #7
2016 Chachi BlueClaws
Signing Autographs #2
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2016 Choice Lakewood BlueClaws #7
First Phillies Card:  N/A
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
Newest Card Added:  2018 Grandstand Reading Fightin Phils Update #30

5 - Garcia baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 5/13/19.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2016 Chachi BlueClaws Signing Autographs #2
2019 Chachi #40
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #41

2019 Chachi Set Checklist
Virtual Phillies Wall - Featuring Current Active Roster

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Game 45 - 2019 Donruss #18 Aaron Nola

Phillies 2Rockies 1
Game 45 - Saturday Afternoon, May 18th in Philadelphia
Record - 26-19, 1st place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola struck out a career high 12 batters and Bryce Harper blasted a home run into Ashburn Alley as the Phillies held on to win, 2-1.

What It Means:  They'll go for the series sweep this afternoon.

What Happened:  Nola (4-0) pitched a solid ballgame, allowing a run on eight hits before running into trouble in the seventh inning.  Adam Morgan and Seranthony Dominguez got through the seventh, before turning the game over to Hector Neris for a two-inning save.

Harper's blast was measured at 466 feet and it's one of the longest in the short history of Citizens Bank Park.  The Phillies took the lead for good in the third when Jean Segura scored on a wild pitch.

2019 Topps Now Game-Used Base #13PHI
Featured Cards/Field Report:  Doug and I enjoyed this game from our semi-usual perch in Section 315.  Doug stationed himself at the corner of the Phillies dugout opposite first base for about an hour prior to gametime, and his persistence paid off with autographs from Rhys Hoskins, Zach Eflin and Enyel De Los Santos.  We witnessed Harper's bomb and Nola's masterful performance, and still found time to enjoy our first visit to the new Shake Shack.

While walking around the ballpark before the game, we noticed Harper Topps Now cards for sale at the Phillies Authentics stand on the third base side.  I couldn't pass up adding one of the game-used base cards from opening day to my collection, and since Doug has been keeping his grades up he got one too.  It appears as if this card is exclusive to Citizens Bank Park.  Checking the MLB Archive on the Topps Now website, versions of this card were originally for sale numbered to 1, 5, 10 and 25, with the cards numbered 13D, 13C, 13B and 13A in descending order of availability.  The Phillies Authentics stand was selling unnumbered versions along with versions numbered to 49 and 99.  Our unnumbered version carries a number on the back of 13PHI, and was available for sale at what I deemed to be a reasonable price of $30.

We'll make it a point to check that stand from now on to see if any other Topps Now cards are available for sale at future games.

Doug's autograph haul

2019 Chachi #39 Dylan Cozens

#25
Dylan Wallace Cozens
Outfield

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'6"  Weight:  245
Opening Day Age:  24
Born:  May 31, 1994, Scottsdale, AZ
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 2nd round of the June 2012 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2018-
Acquired:  Via draft
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible in 2022, free agency eligible in 2025

2012 Bowman
Draft Picks #BDPP42
2013 Choice Williamsport
Crosscutters #7
2018 Chachi #39
 
2018 Topps Update #US175
 
First Phillies Card:  2012 Bowman Draft Picks #BDPP42
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2013 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #7
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2018 Phillies Team Issue 2 Update #25
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2018 Topps Update #US175
Newest Card Added:  2019 Topps Phillies #PP-8

2018 Phillies Team Issue 2 Update #25
44 - Cozens baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 5/13/19.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi Almost #14
2018 Chachi #39
2019 Chachi #39

2019 Chachi Set Checklist
Virtual Phillies Wall - Featuring Current Active Roster

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Game 44 - 2019 Topps Big League #265 Andrew McCutchen

Phillies 5Rockies 4
Game 44 - Friday Night, May 17th in Philadelphia
Record - 25-19, 1st place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Andrew McCutchen, Bryce Harper and Cesar Hernandez had clutch RBI hits, supporting Cole Irvin's second big league start and sending the Phils to a 5-4 win.

What It Means:  This was a much-needed bounce back win, halting a three-game losing streak.

What Happened:  Irvin (2-0) went six innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits, but it was his 10-pitch at-bat in the second inning that most people were talking about after the game.  Irvin worked a walk in that at bat and then McCutchen hit a two-run home run (6) to tie the score at 2-2.  Hernandez broke the tie in the fourth with a double to score J.T. Realmuto.  Harper provided a few insurance runs with a two-run double in the fifth.

Featured Card:  McCutchen is only hitting .242, but he's provided steady defense in the outfield and a bunch of timely hits.  This is his card from the recently released Topps Big League set, and I'm pretty sure this is another example of Topps photoshopping him into a Phillies uniform.

Transactions:  The Lehigh Valley bullpen shuttle continued with Enyel De Los Santos getting called back up and Austin Davis sent back down.

2019 Chachi #38 Enyel De Los Santos

#51
Enyel De Los Santos
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  170
Opening Day Age:  23
Born:  December 25, 1995, San Pedro de Macoris, DR
Signed:  Signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent, July 17, 2014
Teams:  Phillies 2018-
Acquired:  Acquired from the San Diego Padres for Freddy Galvis, December 15, 2017
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible in 2022, free agency eligible in 2025
2018 Choice Phillies Minor
League Top 30 Prospects #13
2018 Chachi #42
 
2018 Bowman Chrome Prospect
Autographs #BCPA-EL
2019 Topps #291
 
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2018 Choice Phillies Minor League Top 30 Prospects #13
First Phillies Card:  2018 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs #BCPA-EL
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2019 Topps #291
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Newest Card Added:  2019 Bowman #70

10 - De Los Santos baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 5/13/19.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2018 Chachi #42
2019 Chachi #38
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #51

2019 Chachi Set Checklist
Virtual Phillies Wall - Featuring Current Active Roster

Friday, May 17, 2019

Series Preview - Rockies at Phillies: May 17th to May 19th

2019 Chachi Fan Favorites #6
2019 Chachi 1971 Topps Missing Links #14
Friday 7:05, Saturday 4:05 and Sunday 1:05
Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia, PA

Rockies 20-22, 4th place in the N.L. West, 7 1/2 games behind the Dodgers
Phillies 24-19, 1st place in the N.L. East, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

Rockies Probables:  Jon Gray (3-3, 4.25), Antonio Senzatela (3-2, 5.35), Kyle Freeland (2-5, 5.68)
Phillies Probables:  Cole Irvin (1-0, 1.29), Aaron Nola (3-0, 4.86), Jerad Eickhoff (2-2, 2.65)

At the Ballpark:  On Sunday, all kids will receive a Phillies arm sleeve.  (I'm resisting the urge to write something along the lines of, "Back in my day, we were happy with a wiffle ball bat or a batting glove.  None of this arm sleeve nonsense!")

Rockies Leaders
Average:  Nolan Arenado - .314
Runs:  Trevor Story - 36
Home Runs:  Nolan Arenado - 11
RBIs:  Nolan Arenado - 35
Stolen Bases:  Trevor Story - 8

Wins:  German Marquez - 4
ERA:  German Marquez - 3.80
Strikeouts:  German Marquez - 65
Saves:  Wade Davis - 7

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Jean Segura - .312
Runs:  Andrew McCutchen - 29
Home Runs:  Rhys Hoskins - 11
RBIs:  Rhys Hoskins - 36
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 3

Wins:  Zach Eflin - 5
ERA:  Zach Eflin - 2.89
1971 Topps #664
Strikeouts:  Aaron Nola - 48
Saves:  Hector Neris - 5

1971 Topps Missing Links:  Ken Reynolds' call-up in September 1970 earned him a place in the 1971 Topps set on a Rookie Stars card with two other pitchers sharing the Reynolds surname.  It was a clever idea on Topps' part.  Reynolds would get his own Phillies card in the 1972 Topps set, and his final Topps card features him with the Twins in the 1973 set.  In parts of three seasons for the Phillies, Reynolds appeared in 72 games, compiling a 7-24 record and a 4.34 ERA.

Game 43 - Phils Lose; Bold Prediction Made for J.T. Realmuto


Brewers 11Phillies 3
Game 43 - Thursday Afternoon, May 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 24-19, 1st place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  No Phillies pitcher was safe in this 11-3 decisive win by the Brewers.

What It Means:  The Phillies lost a series, their first series loss since late April against the Mets, and they'll try to regain their winning ways with a three-game weekend set against the Rockies at home.

What Happened:  Zach Eflin (5-4) gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings.  Four relievers then combined to allow seven more runs over the remaining four innings.  Other than a Jean Segura home run (4) in the first inning, Brewers starter Zach Davies had an easy outing.  The offense had just three more hits after Segura's homer.

Featured Card:  After this dismantling by the Brewers, J.T. Realmuto spent his off night signing autographs in Havertown at Carl's Cards & Collectibles.  (Scott Kingery was originally slated to appear as well, but his rehab assignment in Reading preempted his appearance.)  Doug and I made the trip west and stood in an impressively long line to get our Realmuto autographs. 

I had his first Phillies team-issued photo card signed while Doug opted to get his signature on a ball previously autographed by Carlos Ruiz.  I told Realmuto that was my son's ball for recent Phillies World Series catchers and the current Phillies catcher gave a slight smile.  "No pressure," I added.  He was kind enough to pose for a quick picture with Doug, and Doug's new Ruiz/Realmuto signed baseball now shares the top spot in his autographed ball collection with his Mike Trout signed baseball.

2019 Chachi #37 Sean Rodriguez

#13
Sean John Rodriguez
Infield/Outfield

Bats:  Right  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'0"  Weight:  200
Opening Day Age:  33
Born:  April 26, 1985, Miami, FL
Drafted:  Selected by the Anaheim Angels in the 3rd round of the June 2003 draft
Teams:  Los Angeles Angels 2008-2009; Tampa Bay Rays 2010-2014; Pittsburgh Pirates 2015-2016; Atlanta Braves 2017; Pittsburgh Pirates 2017-2018; Phillies 2019
Acquired:  Signed as a minor league free agent formerly with the Pittsburgh Pirates, February 8, 2019
Contract Status:  Free agent in 2020

2008 Topps Update #UH315
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2008 Topps Update #UH315
First Phillies Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #13
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #13
First Phillies Minor League Card:  N/A
First Topps Phillies Flagship Base Card:  N/A
Newest Card Added:  2019 Phillies Team Issue #13

2019 Phillies Team Issue #13
1 - Rodriguez baseball card in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 5/13/19.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2019 Chachi #37

2019 Chachi Set Checklist
Virtual Phillies Wall - Featuring Current Active Roster

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Game 42 - 2011 Phillies Team Issue 2 Special Edition #53 Dontrelle Willis

Brewers 5Phillies 2
Game 42 - Wednesday Night, May 15th in Philadelphia
Record - 24-18, 1st place, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  By all accounts a sloppy game, the Phillies lost 5-2 to the Brewers as Jake Arrieta's and Bryce Harper's struggles continued.

What It Means:  The Phillies will go for the series split in Thursday's matinee.

What Happened:  Misplays by Cesar Hernandez and Sean Rodriguez in the third led to a three-run inning from the Brewers.  Arrieta had walked pitcher Gio Gonzalez to start the inning.  A fifth Brewers run scored in the fifth when Andrew McCutchen dropped a fly ball.

Featured Card:  The current Phillies aren't giving me much to work with here, so this game's featured card is a bit of a stretch.  Actor Bruce Willis threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to this game, and then it was decidedly downhill from there.  With the way my brain works, Bruce Willis made me think of Dontrelle Willis, who spent about three months in the Phillies organization between December 2011 and his release during spring training in March 2012.  The Phillies issued a photo card for Willis, assuming he'd make the team and be a popular target for autograph seekers.  It didn't work out for him with the Phils, but at least we have some cardboard proof of the D-Train's short time in red pinstripes.

Game 41 - 2019 Bowman Prospects #BP-28 Adam Haseley

Brewers 6Phillies 1
Game 41 - Tuesday Night, May 14th in Philadelphia
Record - 24-17, 1st place, 3 1/2 games ahead of the Braves and Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Brewers offense punished Jerad Eickhoff while the Phillies offense couldn't figure out Brandon Woodruff in this 6-1 loss.

What It Means:  The Phillies had one hit - an infield single from Jean Segura in the first - until the eighth inning.  They'd finish with five hits.

What Happened:  Eickhoff was pulled after four innings having allowed five runs on eight hits.  Austin Davis should get some credit for pitching three scoreless innings in long relief.

Featured Card:  Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura made his big league debut, lining a ball off the hip of Eickhoff for his first hit in the Majors.  Hiura is the second player from the June 2017 amateur draft to make his debut, following the Braves' Kyle Wright.  The Brewers selected Hiura with the ninth overall pick, following the Phillies' selection of Adam Haseley with the eighth overall pick.  Haseley is now with the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils, where he's currently hitting .222 (24 for 108) with three home runs and ten RBIs through 29 games.

Field Report:  If a Phillies game is attended as part of a work function, should it count in my official win-loss tally for the season?  Unfortunately, as was the case with this game, I believe the answer is yes.  It turned out to be a nice night, but the product on the field was less than desirable making this one of the worst games I've attended in recent memory.

Game 40 - 2019 Topps Road to Opening Day #OD-277 Bryce Harper

Phillies 7Brewers 4
Game 40 - Monday Night, May 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 24-16, 1st place, 3 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Bryce Harper continues to struggle at the plate, but his diving catch in the seventh inning kept the Brewers from clearing the bases and allowed the Phillies an opportunity to come back to win this game.

What It Means:  Harper has heard some boos recently and he struck out three times to lower his season average to .222.

What Happened:  With the score tied at 4-4 in the seventh, two outs and the bases loaded, Harper caught a Mike Moustakas line drive to preserve the tie.  Doubles from J.T. Realmuto and Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the inning gave the Phillies a 7-4 lead.

Aaron Nola's struggles continued.  He lasted three innings, allowing three runs on five hits.  Adam Morgan (2-1) got the win in relief thanks to Harper's catch bailing him out of a jam.

Featured Card:  I don't have any cards showing Harper playing defense yet, but here's his card from the recently released Topps Now Road to Opening Day set.  500 Phillies team sets were produced from this offering.

Transactions:  Prior to the game, Edubray Ramos landed back in the Injured List with shoulder stiffness and Austin Davis was once again recalled from Lehigh Valley.

2019 Chachi #36 Mitch Walding

#29
Mitchell S. Walding
Third Base

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Right  Height:  6'3"  Weight:  213
Opening Day Age:  26
Born:  September 10, 1992, Lodi, CA
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 5th round of the June 2011 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2018-
Acquired:  Via draft
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible in 2022, free agency eligible in 2025

2012 Choice Williamsport
Crosscutters #28
2018 Chachi #38
 
2018 Chachi
Phillies Phestival #6
2018 Topps Update #US106
 
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2012 Choice Williamsport Crosscutters #28
First Phillies Card:  2018 Topps Update #US106 (with Jesmuel Valentin)
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  2018 Topps Update #US106 (with Jesmuel Valentin)
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  N/A
Newest Card Added:  2018 Topps Update #US106

12 - Walding baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 5/13/19.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2018 Chachi #38
2018 Chachi Phillies Phestival #6
2019 Chachi #36
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #29

2019 Chachi Set Checklist
Virtual Phillies Wall - Featuring Current Active Roster

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2019 Chachi #35 Austin Davis

#54
Austin Richard Davis
Relief Pitcher

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  6'4"  Weight:  225
Opening Day Age:  26
Born:  February 3, 1993, Scottsdale, AZ
Drafted:  Selected by the Phillies in the 12th round of the June 2014 draft
Teams:  Phillies 2018-
Acquired:  Via draft
Contract Status:  Arbitration eligible in 2022, free agency eligible in 2025

2015 Choice Lakewood
BlueClaws #5
2018 Chachi #40
 
2018 Chachi
Phillies Phestival #4
First Phillies Minor League Card:  2015 Choice Lakewood BlueClaws #5
First Phillies Card:  2018 Phillies Team Issue 2 Update #54
First Phillies Team Issued Card:  2018 Phillies Team Issue 2 Update #54
First Topps Flagship Base Card:  N/A
Newest Card Added:  2018 Phillies Team Issue 2 Update #54

2018 Phillies Team Issue 2 Update #54
7 - Davis baseball cards in my collection per The Phillies Room Checklist as of 5/13/19.

Complete Chachi Checklist
2018 Chachi #40
2018 Chachi Phillies Phestival #4 (with Luis Garcia and Victor Arano)
2019 Chachi #35
2019 Chachi Photo Cards #54

2019 Chachi Set Checklist
Virtual Phillies Wall - Featuring Current Active Roster