Saturday, July 27, 2013

1986 Fleer #451 Rick Schu

Cardinals 3, Phillies 1
Game 102 - Thursday Night, July 25th in St. Louis
Record - 49-53, Tied for 2nd Place, 8 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies fell 3-1 to the Cardinals with barely a whimper.

What It Means:  This was the team's fifth loss in a row, and they were completely over matched by the Cardinals throughout the entire series.  During their losing streak, they've hit .224 as a team and .118 with runners in scoring position.

What Went Wrong:  Kyle Kendrick allowed three runs on five hits in his six innings of work.  Jimmy Rollins doubled to lead off the game, and the Phillies offense managed just six singles for the rest of the night.

2013 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs #25
Featured Cards:  Along with the requisite Rick Schu card (see here for reference), I wanted to acknowledge the Major League debut of Steve Susdorf in Thursday night's game.  Susdorf got the call when Domonic Brown was placed on the relatively new seven-day disabled list, available specifically for players with concussion-like symptoms.

Susdorf pinch-hit for Kendrick in the seventh inning and promptly grounded into an inning-ending double play.  Welcome to the team, Steve - you'll fit right in!

But seriously folks . . . It's nice to see Susdorf get his shot after parts of six seasons in the minors.  Drafted by the Phillies in 2008, Susdorf was hitting .335 in Lehigh Valley this season.  He hasn't appeared on any mainstream baseball cards yet in his career, but I have five minor league cards of his in my collection.  Unless Topps decides to include him a set, he'll mostly likely join Ezequiel Carrera, John McDonald and Luis Garcia as members of the 2013 Phillies without a Phillies baseball card.

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