Monday, April 2, 2012

2012 Topps Heritage #5 N.L. ERA Leaders

Phillies 7, Braves 7
Spring Training Game 32 - Sunday Afternoon, April 1st in Lake Buena Vista
Record - 12-16-4

One Sentence Summary:  Cliff Lee pitched well in his final game of the spring but the Braves came back late against the J.V. squad to tie up the game.

What It Means:  The Phillies have two more exhibition games scheduled (tonight and tomorrow night against the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park) but this game marked the close of the exhibition season in Florida.  That went kind of fast didn't it?

What Went Right/Wrong:  Lee pitched four innings, allowing a run on five hits.  Minor leaguers Frank Gailey and Ryan Duke coughed up four ninth inning runs to let the Braves tie it up.  The youngsters allowed four walks and were hurt by costly errors from Gailey himself and Freddy Galvis.

The Phillies put a six-spot on the board in the fourth highlighted by an RBI-double from Shane Victorino and RBI-singles from Galvis and Lee.

Featured Card:  This Topps Heritage ERA Leaders card features the five floating heads of some of the top arms in the National League.  Here's hoping that the floating heads in the middle and top right both crack the 20-win mark this season.

We're only a few days away from Opening Day, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned about the offense and myriad of injuries the team is facing.  Lee and Roy Halladay, along with rotation-mate Cole Hamels, are on the short list of things I'm not worrying about.  (Hurry up Thursday afternoon.)

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