Tuesday, July 24, 2012

2008 Topps #98 Ryan Howard & Chase Utley

Phillies 7, Brewers 6
Game 97 - Monday Night, July 23rd in Philadelphia
Record - 43-54, 5th Place, 14 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies scored four times in the ninth to complete the comeback and defeat the Brewers, 7-6.

What It Means:  Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

What Went Right:  Roy Halladay struggled (6 innings, 6 runs, 8 hits) but for once his offense bailed him out.  Chase Utley and Ryan Howard started the scoring, hitting back-to-back home runs in the first off Brewers starter Randy Wolf.

With the Brewers leading 6-3 to start the bottom of the ninth, the Phillies plated four runs, highlighted by Howard's two-run single and Carlos Ruiz' game-tying single.  Ty Wigginton sealed the win with a sacrifice fly to left to score pinch-runner Erik Kratz who had come in to run for Howard.

Featured Card:  This win felt great.  I've had a rough few weeks at my place of employment, and the only things providing any temporary solace at night are my wonderful little family and an occasional Phillies win.  For the first time in what seems like years, Utley and Howard teamed up to power the Phillies to victory.  This is their Classic Combo card from the 2008 Topps set, released at what would be the start of a magical season.

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