Saturday, July 21, 2012

2012 Topps Archives #214 Mitch Williams

Dodgers 5, Phillies 3 (12 Innings)
Game 93 - Wednesday Afternoon, July 18th in Los Angeles
Record - 41-52, 5th Place, 14 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies lost a heart-breaker in extra innings, as Jonathan Papelbon's blown save in the tenth set up the dramatic Dodgers win.

What It Means:  Blech.  What should have been, could have been a sweep of the Dodgers turned out to be a painful reminder that the Phillies just aren't very good this year.

What Went Wrong:  Hunter Pence singled to give the Phils a two-run lead in the tenth, and Papelbon was summoned from the bullpen to try to lock down the win.  He didn't.  The Dodgers scored twice off the closer to tie the game back up and Matt Kemp hit a two-run home run off reliever Jake Diekman in the 12th to end it.

Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw had pitched to a 1-1 tie through eight innings.  Lee allowed just two hits while striking out four in his stellar outing.

Featured Card:  Jose Mesa made an appearance the last time Papelbon blew a save, and this time it's Mitchy-Poo's turn.  Williams, who had his share of painful blown saves, is third on the Phillies all-time save list with 102, behind Mesa (112) and Steve Bedrosian (103).

Williams was featured on a short-printed card in this year's Archives release.

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