Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 Topps #218 David Buchanan

Rays 5, Phillies 3
Spring Training Game 16 - Tuesday Afternoon, March 17th in Clearwater
Record - 8-7-1

One Sentence Summary:  While wearing their green uniforms for St. Patrick's Day, the Phillies fell to the Rays, 5-3.

What It Means:  David Buchanan is suddenly a very important pitcher on the Phillies staff.  With Jerome Williams a late scratch due to a tight hamstring, Buchanan got the fill-in start and did nothing to hurt his chances of eventually winning a rotation spot.

What Happened:  Buchanan pitched four innings, allowing a run on two hits.  The Phillies managed five hits, two of which came from Odubel Herrera.

Featured Card:  Thanks to his performance from last season, Buchanan earned a card in series one of this year's Topps flagship set.

Memory Lane:  I didn't do anything last year on the blog to commemorate St. Patrick's Day, but here's a look back at a few Irish themed posts from the past.

2010 - Mike Schmidt and the entire 1986 team go green.
2011 - Chase Utley models the green jerseys worn during Spring Training 2006.
2012 - A smiling card of Tugger and Roy Halladay models a green jersey.
2013 - Irish Mike Ryan's 1972 Topps card and Freddy Galvis in green.

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