Friday, July 27, 2012

2012 Phillies Team Issue 2 #31 Erik Kratz

Phillies 7, Brewers 6 (10 Innings)
Game 99 - Wednesday Afternoon, July 25th in Philadelphia
Record - 45-54, 5th Place, 14 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  On the day the Phillies locked up Cole Hamels for at least six more years, the team mounted yet another improbable comeback, winning in the 10th on Jimmy Rollins' single.

What It Means:  Maybe this thing isn't over yet?  This was the first three-game series sweep by the Phillies all season.

What Went Right:  The Phillies posted an early 5-1 lead before the Brewers came back against Vance Worley and Antonio Bastardo to eventually tie the ballgame.  The Brewers then took the lead in the 10th.  In the bottom of the 10th, trailing 6-5, John Mayberry, Jr. walked and was then doubled to third by Erik Kratz.  Carlos Ruiz' sac fly scored Mayberry to tie the game and Rollins' single to center plated the winning run.

Chase Utley enjoyed a three-hit day while driving in three runs.  Kratz, who has somehow had a hand in each of the wins against the Brewers, went 3 for 5.

Featured Card:  Rollins had the winning hit, but I figured it was time to feature Kratz and his first (and to date only) Phillies card, recently released within the team's second half postcard-sized set.

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