Thursday, June 16, 2011

2011 Topps Opening Day Toppstown #TTOD-22 Carlos Ruiz

Phillies 5, Marlins 4 (Game 2 - 10 Innings)
Game 69 - Wednesday Night, June 15th in Philadelphia

One Sentence Summary:  The Phils received clutch hits from Shane Victorino in the ninth and Carlos Ruiz in the tenth to deliver the come-from-behind victory, 5-4.

What It Means:  It's was the sixth win in a row for the Phillies, who improved their record to 43-26.  They'll go for the four-game sweep this afternoon against the floundering Fish, who are now four games below .500 and 10 1/2 games out of first place.

What Went Right:  The Phillies were down to their last out in the ninth, down 4-2.  With runners on second and third, Victorino lined a single into center to tie the game.  Again with two outs in the tenth, Ruiz lined a single through the middle to score Ryan Howard with the winning run.  Chooch's heroics were made possible when Howard was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Domonic Brown worked a walk.  The team's first two runs scored on RBIs from Chase Utley, who had a double and triple in the game.

Roy Halladay didn't have his best stuff, giving up four runs on six hits in his seven innings of work.

Featured Card:  This Toppstown card can be found as an insert in the 2011 Topps Opening Day set, continuing the insert set originally found in packs of 2011 Topps Series 1.  In situations like these, I go back and forth as to whether or not I should include the Ruiz card with the other Opening Day cards, or if I should put all The Toppstown cards together on a page.  I try not to let it keep me up at night.

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