Monday, September 28, 2015

2015 Phillies Team Issue #4 Andres Blanco

Phillies 12, Nationals 5
Game 156 - Sunday Afternoon, September 27th in Washington
Record - 59-97, 5th Place, 30 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Most of the action in this 12-5 Phillies victory happened late as the Phillies scored eight runs in the ninth after Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon choked Bryce Harper in the dugout.

What It Means:  I can't believe I just wrote that sentence.  Harper failed to run hard to first base following an eighth inning pop-up and Papelbon greeted him at the top steps of the dugout with words of frustration and the eventual neck grab.  The two had to be separated in the Nationals dugout with Phillies Room favorite and current Nationals hitting coach Rich Schu leading the charge.

1986 Topps Stickers #122
What Happened:  With the score tied up at two, courtesy of a two-run home run from Jeff Francoeur in the eighth, Andres Blanco hit a two-run home run off Papelbon in the ninth.  The flood gates opened after that and before the inning was over the Phillies plated eight runs in the single most productive inning of their season.

Also, Aaron Altherr made a spectacular diving catch for the final out of the eighth inning.

Featured Cards:  I was going to be snarky and feature a Papelbon card, or even a Schu card, but I'll take the high road and post Blanco's first ever Phillies card from earlier in the season.

Oh what the heck, here's a Schu oddball-ish sticker just because he's only been on the blog once so far in 2015.


Section 36 said...

Oh I certainly believe you "just wrote that sentence."

It's getting dangerously close to the point where I need to take the Papelbon picture down from the wall.

Jim said...

Who knows though . . . he might end up pitching for the Sox in 2016.

I know two places he definitely won't be pitching - DC and Philly.