Friday, August 19, 2016

2009 Topps Black #207 Joe Blanton

Dodgers 7Phillies 2
Game 121 - Wednesday Night, August 17th in Philadelphia
Record - 56-65, 4th place, 15 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and the Phillies were once again easily handled by the Dodgers, losing 7-2.

What It Means:  Phillies starters have lasted less than six innings in eight straight games, tying a dubious mark set by an awful 1999 Phillies pitching staff.  The rotation's ERA is 7.06 over the last 19 games.  (H/T Todd Zolecki.)

What Happened:  Jake Thompson labored in this outing, ultimately allowing five runs on five hits in five innings of work.  Tommy Joseph hit his 16th home run of the season in the sixth inning.

Featured Card:  The new and improved Joe Blanton made an appearance in this game, recording the last two outs of the seventh inning, but he didn't receive quite the welcome that Chase Utley did. Blanton is probably one of the most underrated members of the 2008 World Championship team, and he's reinvented himself as an effective (and skinny!) late inning reliever.

Transaction:  Elvis Araujo was mercifully optioned back down to Lehigh Valley and Frank Herrmann was recalled to take his spot in the bullpen.  Herrmann, who hasn't appeared in the Majors since 2012, was having a nice season for the IronPigs.  In 27 games, he was 6-1 with a 1.27 ERA and he had struck out 31 while walking just six in 31 1/3 innings.

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