Saturday, May 14, 2016

2016 Phillies Team Issue #58 Jeremy Hellickson

Phillies 3Reds 2
Game 36 - Friday Night, May 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 21-15, 3rd place, 1 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeremy Hellickson led the Phillies to a 3-2 win with seven strong innings and a squeeze bunt to score the go-ahead run in the fourth inning.

What It Means:  The one-run wins continue to pile up.

What Happened:  Hellickson struck out nine in his outing, and the two runs he allowed were both unearned due to a dropped fly ball by Tyler Goeddel in left.  Goeddel redeemed himself with a two-run triple in the fourth, and then scored the decisive run on Hellickson's bunt.  Jeanmar Gomez recorded his league leading 14th save.

Featured Cards:  Along with his cards in the Topps Heritage and Topps Phillies retail team set, this is Hellickson's only other Phillies card to date.

2015 Choice Lehigh Valley
IronPigs #14
Transaction:  Prior to the game, first baseman Tommy Joseph had his contract selected from Lehigh Valley and Darin Ruf was optioned down. Ruf has struggled so far this season, hitting just .158 (9 for 57) with no home runs and just three RBIs.

Joseph, who is playing his first full season as a first baseman, was hitting .347 in 27 games with the IronPigs.  He's hit 6 home runs and driven in 17 runs.  It's been a long road for Joseph, who was acquired from the Giants in the 2012 Hunter Pence deal.  Once a top catching prospect, a series of concussions forced his move to first.  I can't wait to start rooting for him.

He struck out twice and walked in his Major League debut, and he'd come around to score the tying run in the fourth when Goeddel tripled.

Joseph has appeared within the Phillies minor league team sets and in several Bowman releases since joining the organization.  The card shown here is his most recent card from last season's first IronPigs team set.

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


Anonymous said...

I saw Tommy Joseph in the minors a couple of years ago, and I've been hoping that he'd be able to put it all together and get himself to the Big Leagues. Looking forward to Joseph's Chachi debut!

Jim said...

It's so easy to root for guys like Joseph. I hope he sticks around for a while.