Saturday, April 28, 2012

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen #113 Carlos Ruiz

Phillies 5, Cubs 2
Game 21 - Satuday Night, April 28th in Philadelphia
Record - 10-11, 4th Place, 4 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Carlos Ruiz and Jimmy Rollins provided the offense to back Joe Blanton's solid outing as the Phils won, 5-2.

What It Means:  Charlie Manuel tried yet another line-up combination tonight, and this one seemed to click.

What Went Right:  Ruiz starting the scoring in the fourth with a two-run single to center.  Rollins, back in the lead-off spot for the first time this year, followed a few batters later with a two-run double to give the Phils a 4-1 lead.  Ruiz added a solo home run in the sixth.

Blanton pitched into the eighth inning on the way to his second win of the season.  He scattered eight hits while allowing two runs and striking out eight.  Chad Qualls finished out the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.

Featured Card:  This is Chooch's card from the recently released Gypsy Queen set.  It's nice to see Ruiz getting included in more sets this year, as he's been all too often neglected in prior year sets.  He was left out of the inaugural Topps Gypsy Queen set last year.

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