Monday, June 30, 2014

1964 Topps #464 Dallas Green

Braves 3, Phillies 2
Game 82 - Sunday Afternoon, June 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 36-46, 5th Place, 8 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Clutch hits were not to be found as the Phillies dropped another game to the Braves, this time by a score of 3-2.

What It Means:  For the first time since the awful September of 1964, the Phillies were swept at home in a four game series by the Braves.

What Happened:  Marlon Byrd tried to single-handedly provide some offense for the team, hitting two solo home runs in the losing effort.  In the four game series, the Phillies went 3 for 32 with runners in scoring position.

Featured Card:  Back on September 27, 1964, the Phillies were in free-fall and about to get swept in a four game series by the then Milwaukee Braves.  Jim Bunning got knocked out of that game after allowing seven runs in three innings of work.  Dallas Green tried to stop the bleeding, but allowed another five runs in an inning and two-thirds of relief.  This was the loss that dropped the 1964 Phillies into second place, out of the top spot in the National League for good, dashing all hopes of a World Series appearance.

In summary, getting swept by the Braves in a four game series at home stinks.  Big time.

Transaction:  Sean O'Sullivan was designated for assignment following his spot start and infielder Andres Blanco was recalled from the IronPigs.  Blanco is the 44th player to suit up for the Phillies this year, which leads the Majors and has kept the Chachi Set Production Department on its toes.

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