Saturday, May 24, 2014

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes #53 Juan Samuel

Dodgers 2, Phillies 0
Game 45 - Friday Night, May 24th in Philadelphia
Record - 20-25, 5th Place, 6 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies played like a lost and confused team in a rainy 2-0 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

What It Means:  The team dropped to five games under .500 and they're back in the N.L. East cellar.

What Happened:  Kershaw book-ended a 43-minute rain delay with six scoreless innings with only two hits allowed.  The Phillies went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position, including a painful seventh inning in which they loaded the bases with nobody out but still failed to score.

Featured Card:  You know it's bad when the most exciting aspect of the game from the Phillies perspective was the ejection of first base coach Juan Samuel in the fifth inning.  Samuel was arguing that the ball Yasiel Puig beat out for an infield single actually went off Puig's foot and should have been called foul.  Samuel was tossed and was spared having to sit through the final few innings of the game.  Hopefully there's a little more excitement than that at the ballpark this afternoon.

If you look closely at this card, you'll find a stray Phillies logo that the license-less Panini overlooked when they were de-logo-ing their cards.  Shhh . . . don't tell Topps.  (Hint - Check out Sammy's wrist band.)

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