Thursday, August 18, 2011

2011 Phillies Team Issue 2 #21 Wilson Valdez

Phillies 9, Diamondbacks 2
Game 121 - Wednesday Night, August 17th in Philadelphia

One Sentence Summary:  The bats came to life late, as the Phillies scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to cruise to the win, 9-2.

What It Means:  The Phillies are now 79-42.  With the Braves losing last night, they're back to an 8 1/2 game lead in the division.

What Went Right:  Jimmy Rollins started the game with a lead-off home run on the first pitch he saw, and then for the most part the bats went quiet for the next several innings.  It was a Wilson Valdez two-run double in the seventh that started the late scoring surge for the Phillies and gave them a 4-2 lead.  John Mayberry, Jr. was also a big contributor to the offense with a three-hit night.

Cliff Lee (13-7) pitched seven innings, allowing just two runs on three hits while striking out seven.

Featured Card:  As I mentioned in my previous post, I picked up another Phillies Team Issue set at the ballpark a few nights ago, solely for the Hunter Pence card now included with the set.  As I was sorting the cards tonight, I noticed a new Domonic Brown card had also been inserted into the set.  Basically, some poor schlub who works for the Phillies had to go through the inventory of existing sets, open the seal on the set's plastic bag, slide in the new cards for Pence and Brown and then re-seal the bag.  The only reason I noticed the Brown card was because it was facing the opposite way of all the other cards.

The card featured here is Valdez' card from the "Series 2" set.  Valdez is still waiting for his 2011 Topps card, which will hopefully make an appearance in the 2011 Topps Update set.

Transaction:  With Placido Polanco landing on the disabled list, and Cole Hamels scheduled to miss his next start with dead arm issues, the Phillies decided to go with another arm in the bullpen and recalled righty Michael Schwimer.

Programming Note:  Semi-regular posting and more timely game summaries will resume after the weekend.

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