Saturday, April 9, 2016

2006 Upper Deck #737 Aaron Fultz

Mets 7Phillies 2
Game 4 - Friday Afternoon, April 8th in Flushing
Record - 0-4, 5th Place, 2 1/2 games behind the Mets and Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The bullpen struggles continued and the offense couldn't solve Jacob deGrom as the Mets won, 7-2.

What It Means:  This is the first time the Phillies have opened the season with four straight losses since 2006.  The Phils haven't lost five in a row to start a season since 1934 when they dropped their first seven.

What Happened:  Jared Eickhoff had a decent first start of the season, allowing three runs (two earned) in his five innings of work.  James Russell took the brunt of the damage out of the bullpen (again) allowing four runs on three hits and a pair of walks in 1/3 of an inning.

Eickhoff had the sole extra base hit for the Phillies - a double off deGrom in the sixth.

Featured Card:  To tie this 2015 season back to the 2006 season, I wanted to find a good representative baseball card from the 2006 club's bullpen and Aaron Fultz gets the honors.  Fultz turned out to be one of the more reliable relievers for the team that season, appearing in 66 games and pitching to a 4.54 ERA.  He was hit hard in the season opener however, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits, including a two-run home run to Albert Pujols.

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