Friday, April 8, 2016

2015 Choice Gwinnett Braves Cedric Hunter

Reds 10Phillies 6
Game 3 - Thursday Afternoon, April 7th in Cincinnati
Record - 0-3, 5th Place, 2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Charlie Morton and Daniel Stumpf took their lumps against the Reds in a 10-6 defeat as the Phils were swept to start the 2016 campaign.

What It Means:  This was the first time the Phillies were swept in the opening series of the season since 2007.

What Happened:  In his Phillies debut, Morton didn't make it out of the fourth inning.  His final line shows six earned runs on five hits and two walks.  In his Major League debut, Stumpf didn't retire a batter.  He faced three batters, walking two and allowing a home run to Eugenio Suarez. Impressively, the Phillies bullpen has an ERA of 24.55 so far this season.

The offense showed signs of life, with home runs coming from Cedric Hunter, Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz.

Featured Card:  I typically don't feature cards I don't actually own in these game summary posts, but I'll make the exception for Hunter since I don't have any of his other (few) cards.  I believe this is his most recent baseball card, which can be found in the 2015 Gwinnett Braves team set.  I swiped the image from this eBay auction.  I'm assuming he's in the 2016 Phillies team issued set, which I hope to pick up at a game next week.

Hunter's solo home run in the fourth inning off Reds starter Robert Stephenson was his first hit in the Majors since April 5, 2011 when he was with the Padres.  The fact that he's back in the Majors for the first time in five years is a testament to his hard work and perseverance, and I can't help but root for him.

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