Friday, September 9, 2016

2016 Topps #27 Alec Asher

Phillies 4Nationals 1
Game 140 - Thursday Night, September 8th in Washington
Record - 63-77, 4th place, 19 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Alec Asher pitched six scoreless innings in his 2016 debut and Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run as the Phillies downed the first place Nationals, 4-1.

What It Means:  The Phillies nine-game losing streak to the Nationals is over.

What Happened:  Returning from injury and an 80-game PED suspension, Asher assumed Vince Velasquez's spot in the rotation and pitched the best game of his young Major League career.  Asher allowed just two hits in his six innings of work and strangely enough didn't strike out a batter.  All the offense came in the third when Peter Bourjos hit a solo home run (5) and Howard followed that up with his three-run shot (21).

Featured Card:  Despeite going 0-6 with a 9.31 ERA in September of last season, Asher found himself with a card in Topps Series One this past spring.  Also of note is that the three young pitchers acquired from the Rangers last year in the Cole Hamels trade will start the first three games of this Nationals series - Asher, Jake Thompson and Jared Eickhoff.

Transaction:  Asher was recalled from Double-A Reading prior to the game.

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