Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 Topps Opening Day Team Spirit #TS-02 Phillie Phanatic

Phillies 5, Braves 4
Game 19 - Sunday Afternoon, April 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 7-12

One Sentence Summary:  Ryan Howard's first inning three-run home run and solid pitching from Jerome Williams led to the Phillies 5-4 win over the Braves.

What It Means:  The Phillies won the series against the Braves and they'll travel to St. Louis next to open a four game series with the Cardinals.  Tonight marks the beginning of a 10-game road stand.

What Happened:  Howard hit his second home run in as many days and the red hot Freddy Galvis had three more hits and scored twice.  Williams pitched into the seventh inning, scattering eight hits and allowing three runs.  Jonathan Papelbon allowed a solo home run to Alberto Callaspo, but settled in to record his fourth save.

Featured Card:  The Phillies celebrated the Phanatic's birthday at this game with mascot hijinks taking place before and during the game.  A complete report of the festivities can be found here.  And isn't it strange that the Phanatic's birthday just happens to fall on a Sunday every year?

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