Saturday, March 19, 2011

2009 Topps Heritage #607 John Mayberry, Jr.

Phillies 7, Orioles 5
Spring Training Game 23 - Saturday Afternoon, March 19th in Sarasota

One Sentence Summary:  Cole Hamels suffered from wildness early, but home runs from John Mayberry, Jr., Shane Victorino and Erik Kratz sealed the victory for the Phillies.

What It Means:  Another day, another mediocre performance from one of the Phillies' Four Aces.  Hamels walked three and surrendered three runs in the first before settling down a little.  He's now got a 6.23 ERA in five Spring Training starts.

Top Hitters:  Mayberry hit his team-leading fifth home run in the second to pull the Phils within a run of the Orioles.  I'd be shocked at this point if Mayberry didn't make the team.  Victorino went two for three with three RBIs, raising his average to .362.

Top Pitchers:  Danys Baez pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, lowering his spring ERA to 0.93.

Featured Card:  This is Mayberry's card from the 2009 Topps Heritage update set, which borrows its design from the 1960 Topps set.  (Stay tuned for more on the 1960 Topps set tomorrow.)  The card is a decent replica of the design original used, except for the Rookie Card eyesore plopped in the middle of the card.

Other Stuff:  I'm amazed I'm still doing these game summaries 23 games into the spring.  I guess I just like doing them.  I can't imagine a post recapping the results of an exhibition game is enthralling reading material for everyone else, but it's been fun for me so far.

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