Sunday, April 16, 2017

2016 Topps #421B Cesar Hernandez (#42 Photo Variation)

Phillies 4, Nationals 2
Game 11 - Saturday Afternoon, April 15th in Washington
Record - 4-7, 5th place, 2 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  An eighth inning two-run home run from Cesar Hernandez and seven strong innings from Jeremy Hellickson propelled the Phillies to victory over the Nationals, 4-2.

What It Means:  Both teams paid tribute to Jackie Robinson, marking the 70th anniversary of the icon's major league debut with all players, coaches and both managers wearing his #42.

What Happened:  It was Hernandez's second home run of the season and it came off old friend Joe Blanton, now a reliever for the Nationals.  Hellickson allowed two runs on four hits in his outing and new closer Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.

Featured Card:  This seemed like a fitting card for this post.  Topps issued several photo variations in its second series last year, displaying players wearing Robinson's #42.  This is Hernandez's short-printed card from those variations.

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