Friday, September 26, 2014

2000 Pacific #322 Alex Arias

Marlins 6, Phillies 4
Game 159 - Thursday Afternoon, September 25th in Miami
Record - 72-87, 5th Place, 21 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jake Diekman's rough seventh inning, aided by a crucial error from Cody Asche, led to a 6-4 loss to the Marlins.

What It Means:  The Phillies finish the season with a 36-45 road record.  They'll open up a three-game series against the Braves tonight and then it's time to fire up the hot stove.

What Happened:  Diekman didn't retire a batter in the seventh while allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits.  The Phils had been up 4-2 heading into the seventh thanks to a pair of RBIs from Chase Utley and Domonic Brown.

Featured Card:  The loss clinched the Phillies first last place finish since 2000, when they went 65-97 in Terry Francona's final season at the helm.  I selected this strangely cropped Alex Arias card to relfect the essence of that woeful 2000 season in the same way I would display a Kyle Kendrick or A.J. Burnett card when looking back years from now on the woeful 2014 season.

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