Thursday, April 21, 2016

2016 Phillies Team Issue #17 Peter Bourjos

Phillies 5Mets 4 (11)
Game 16 - Wednesday Night, April 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 7-9, 3rd place, 5 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Peter Bourjos, batting ninth behind the pitcher, drove in the winning run with an infield hit in the 11th, giving the Phillies a 5-4 win.

What It Means:  Manager Pete Mackanin batted Bourjos ninth, representing the first time a pitcher has batted eighth in a Phillies line-up since Steve Carlton did it on June 1, 1979.  Mackanin was just trying anything to get the offense going, and the move ended up working.

What Happened:  Jeremy Hellickson didn't escape the fifth inning, allowing four runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.  The bullpen trio of Hector Neris, Dalier Hinojosa and Jeanmar Gomez held the Mets scoreless through 6 2/3 inning, striking out a combined 11 batters.

Freddy Galvis doubled with one out in the 11th, moved to second when David Lough was intentionally walked and went to third on a wild pitch.  Bourjos just beat out his infield hit to third, allowing Galvis to score the winning run.

Featured Card:  This is Bourjos' sole Phillies card to date, found within the team issued photo card set.

Transaction:  Prior to this game, James Russell was designated for assignment and Andrew Bailey had his contract selected from Lehigh Valley.  Russell struggled mightily in his seven games with the Phillies, allowing 9 hits and 5 walks in just 4 1/3 innings pitched.  He leaves the team with an 18.69 ERA.

South Jersey's own Bailey appeared in 4 games for the IronPigs, pitching to a 1.80 ERA.  He'll wear #38 for the Phillies and (more importantly) he'll be card #37 in the 2016 Chachi set.

Recently added to The Phillies Room - 2016 Season Summary page with game results and links to game summary posts.

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