Friday, September 16, 2016

2016 Finest Franchise Finest #FF-RH Ryan Howard

Pirates 5Phillies 3
Game 145 - Tuesday Night, September 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 64-81, 4th place, 22 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the top of the ninth off closer Jeanmar Gomez to send the Pirates to a sudden 5-3 win.

What It Means:  Since August 14th, Gomez has a 9.00 ERA (12 earned runs in 12 innings pitched) over 14 appearances.  He did not retire a batter in this game.

What Happened:  Heading into the ninth, the Phils had a 3-2 lead thanks in part to another fine performance from starting pitcher Alec Asher.  Asher went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits.  Making his third straight start since being recalled from Reading, Roman Quinn had two more hits in this game.

Featured Card:  There's no real clear cut choice for this game, so I'll go with a Ryan Howard card that I recently added to my collection.  Howard had a hand in two of the Phillies runs, reaching on an error in the fourth which allowed Quinn to score and beating out (!) a potential double play ball in the sixth.  Howard's days with the Phillies are quickly coming to a close as the season winds down.

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