Giants 2, Phillies 1
Game 103 - Wednesday Night, July 27th in Philadelphia
One Sentence Summary: The Phils were held to just four hits as they fell to Matt Cain and the Giants, 2-1.
What It Means: The team will go for the series win Thursday night behind Kyle Kendrick. Their record stands at 65-38 and the Braves are five games back. (Credit umpire Jerry Meals with an assist in getting the Braves a little closer in the standings.)
What Went Wrong: The Phillies didn't hit and Domonic Brown botched a line drive in the seventh inning that allowed the Giants to score the go-ahead run. Old friend Aaron Rowand drove in the first run for the Giants with a RBI-triple in the third.
Cole Hamels (12-6) was the hard-luck loser, pitching 7 2/3 strong innings while striking out six. He allowed just the two runs on six hits.
Featured Card: The Giants acquired Carlos Beltran from the Mets yesterday and the buzz following the game was that Pat Burrell could be released to make room on the roster for the new slugger. That buzz led to additional buzz that Burrell could be on his way back to Philly for a two-month reunion tour. Fortunately, neither Burrell's release or his return to Philly came to pass. This is the slugger's 2007 Chachi card. I've got the 1976 Topps set on my mind as I'm in the midst of preparing the upcoming 1976 Topps Phillies post.