Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 Phillies Team Issue 2 #34 A.J. Burnett

Phillies 3, Nationals 2
Game 131 - Monday Night, August 25th in Philadelphia
Record - 59-72, 5th Place, 16 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  A.J. Burnett rediscovered his early season form, striking out 12 and leading the Phillies to a 3-2 win over the Nationals.

What It Means:  The Phillies would need to go 22-9 over their remaining 31 games in order to avoid a losing season.  They're currently two games behind the fourth place Mets and 6 1/2 games behind the third place Marlins.

What Happened:  Burnett pitched seven strong innings, allowing a run on just three hits.  Jake Diekman pitched a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Papelbon allowed a solo home run to Wilson Ramos before recording his 32nd save.

Cody Asche and Carlos Ruiz both homered for the Phils and Domonic Brown continued his poor play in the field, dropping a catchable ball in the seventh.

Featured Card:  The Phillies second team set of the year allows me to feature another Burnett Phillies card.  Burnett and the Phillies hold a mutual option for the 2015 season, and neither side has committed to whether or not the option will be picked up.

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