Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Phillies Team Issue #16 Cesar Hernandez

Phillies 4Cardinals 2
Game 124 - Saturday Night, August 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 58-66, 4th place, 16 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Cesar Hernandez paced the offense with three hits and Jeremy Hellickson delivered another impressive start as the Phillies defeated the Cardinals, 4-2.

What It Means:  Hellickson was the first Phillies pitcher in 22 games to pitch seven full innings.

What Happened:  Hernandez set the tone with a lead-off home run (4) in the first.  Maikel Franco, Cameron Rupp and Aaron Altherr also drove in runs, with Altherr's solo home run (4) in the sixth off Jonathan Broxton being the first home run Broxton had allowed to the Phillies since Matt Stairs in Game 4 of the 2008 N.L.C.S.  Hellickson allowed two runs and struck out eight in his fine performance.

Hector Neris struck out the side in the eighth and Jeamar Gomez bounced back to record his 33rd save.

Featured Card:  Hernandez fell a triple short of the cycle, which is ironic considering he's currently leading the league in triples with nine.  Also of note is the fact that the last man to hit for the cycle for the Phillies, David Bell, is currently coaching third base for the Cardinals.

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