Monday, September 10, 2012

2012 Phillies Team Issue 2 #24 Ty Wigginton

Phillies 7, Rockies 4 (Game 2)
Game 140 - Sunday Night, September 9th in Philadelphia
Record - 69-71, 3rd Place, 17 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Clutch hitting, a solid bullpen effort and five Rockies errors all contributed to the Phillies 7-4 win.

What It Means:  The Phillies swept the Rockies, drawing to within two games of the .500 mark.  They'll welcome the last place Marlins to Philly tonight, where they'll hope to continue their winning ways.

What Went Right:  In the sixth, Ty Wigginton drilled the first pitch he saw for a home run, tying up the game at 4-4.  After Michael Martinez and Carlos Ruiz singled, Kevin Frandsen hit a slow dribbler down the third base line that scored Martinez with the go-ahead run.  Ruiz, returning from the disabled list, had two hits in the game.

After an early exit from starter Tyler Cloyd, the bullpen team of Justin De Fratus, B.J. Rosenberg (who earned the win), Josh Lindblom, Jake Diekman and Phillippe Aumont no-hit the Rockies for four innings.  It's key to note that none of the six pitchers I just listed started the season with the Phillies.  Perhaps this is a good sign of things to come in 2013.  Aumont was particularly impressive, setting down the Rockies in order in the eighth.

Featured Card:  Wigginton's season hasn't been memorable, so it was nice to see him with the key hit in this game.  I believe he's included in the preliminary checklist for the Topps Update set, which is scheduled to be released the first week of October.  If that's the case, a Topps Update card will be Wigginton's first standard sized Phillies baseball card.  He's been featured in both team issued sets this year, and this is his card from the second series.

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