Sunday, August 26, 2012

2012 Topps Phillies #PHI7 John Mayberry, Jr.

Phillies 4, Nationals 2
Game 127 - Saturday Night, August 25th in Philadelphia
Record 60-67, 3rd Place, 17 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  John Mayberry, Jr. was the offensive star again, driving in three runs, as the Phillies defeated the first place Nationals, 4-2.

What It Means:  The Phils go for the sweep this afternoon as they try to pull just six games under .500.

What Went Right:  In the first, Mayberry followed Chase Utley's RBI-single with an RBI-single of his own.  His solo home run in the sixth put the Phils ahead for good, and he added an RBI-sac fly in the eighth to give the Phils an insurance run.

Roy Halladay earned his eighth win, allowing just two runs on seven hits in his seven innings of work.  86 of Halladay's 105 pitches were strikes - which is good indication that Halladay is getting his old form back.  Antonio Bastardo struck out the side in a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save.

2001 Donruss
Rookies #R56
Featured Cards:  I'm quickly running out of Mayberry's cards to feature, so here is his Topps Phillies card (referenced a few days ago by Steve F.) featuring a closer cropped photo than his card in this year's base Topps set.

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The Phillies Room was saddened to learn of the passing of astronaut Neil Armstrong yesterday.  Here's a post from three years ago, taking a look back at what the Phillies were doing the day Mr. Armstrong took his one giant leap.

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And of course the big news in baseball yesterday was the blockbuster deal sending Nick Punto from the struggling Red Sox to the surging Dodgers.  Some other players were involved as well.  This season definitely has not gone as planned for the Phillies or the Red Sox, and the long-awaited 1915 World Series rematch will have to wait one more year.

1 comment:

Steve F. said...

If you run out of Mayberry cards, just pull a Topps and crop it even tighter!