Saturday, April 30, 2011

1979 Topps #419 Dick Ruthven

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 0
Game 22 - Late Monday Night, April 25th in Phoenix

One Sentence Summary:  Nothing went right in a forgettable game in Phoenix.

What It Means:  The five-game winning streak is over and the Marlins are just a half game behind.

What Went Right:  This crappy game was only 2 hours and 4 minutes long.  Michael Stutes made his Major League debut, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

What Went Wrong:  Cliff Lee struck out twelve, but allowed four runs on five hits.  The Phillies managed just three hits off the Diamondbacks Ian Kennedy, who struck out ten in a complete game shutout.

Featured Card:  Forget this game - let's go back to the four-game sweep in San Diego completed on Sunday.  The last time the Phillies did that, the winning pitchers were Steve Carlton, Jim Kaat, Dick Ruthven and Nino Espinosa.  Ruthven pitched a gem in his game, one-hitting the Padres in a 2-0 complete game shutout.  The win improved Ruthven's record at the time to 6-0 and he owned an impressive 1.65 ERA.

Disney Report:  It was Animal Kingdom day at Disney, as both Doug and Ben both enjoyed the Kilimanjaro Safari.

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