Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 Donruss #37 Aaron Nola

Phillies 4Tigers 3
Spring Training Game 21 - Monday Afternoon, March 21st in Lakeland
Record - 14-5-2

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies won again behind Aaron Nola's strong pitching and a two-run home run from Cedric Hunter.

What It Means:  It appears as if Hunter could make this team as a fifth outfielder.  He's hit .302 this spring with three home runs and the final outfield roster spot seems to be coming down to between him and David Lough.

What Happened:  Nola allowed a run on three hits in his six innings of work.  Along with Hunter's two-run blast, Maikel Franco and Tyler Goeddel also drove in runs.

Featured Card:  Still no Hunter baseball cards in my collection, so here's another newish card of Nola.  There's a whole lot going on within the base design of the regular 2016 Donruss cards, and I prefer the subdued (by comparison) design of this Rated Rookie subset card.

I still can't bring myself to refer to these as "2016 Panini Donruss" cards.  To me, they're just good old Donruss.

Camp Head Count:  50 - 1 = 49 - Reliever Colton Murray was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Vallery prior to this game.  Murray appeared in eight games last season with the Phillies, and he recently received his first Phillies baseball card - a multi-player card in Topps Heritage that he shares with Jerad Eickhoff.

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