Monday, July 23, 2012

2012 Topps Heritage #465 John Mayberry, Jr.

Phillies 4, Giants 3 (12 Innings)
Game 96 - Sunday Afternoon, July 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 42-54, 5th Place, 14 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jimmy Rollins' RBI-single in the 12th sealed the win for the Phillies, on a day that saw John Mayberry, Jr. homer twice.

What It Means:  It means the Phillies salvaged at least one game out of the series with the Giants, barely avoiding the sweep.  It also breaks a seven-game home losing streak.

What Went Right:  Joe Blanton (possible trade bait?) allowed a lead-off home run to Nate Schierholtz and then settled in for eight solid innings.  Schierholtz victimized Blanton again in the eighth, hitting his second home run of the day and tying up the game 3-3.  The bullpen trio of Antonio Bastardo, Jeremy Horst and Kyle Kendrick shut down the Giants for four innings, setting up Rollins' heroics.

Featured Card:  Sure it was Rollins' hit that won the game, but without Mayberry's two home runs, it would have been a 3-1 Giants win in regulation.  This is his short-printed card from this year's Topps Heritage set.

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