Saturday, April 15, 2017

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen #104 Jeanmar Gomez

Nationals 3, Phillies 2 (10 Innings)
Game 10 - Friday Afternoon, April 14th in Washington
Record - 3-7, 5th Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Jeanmar Gomez couldn't keep the Nationals off the board in the 10th, as the Phillies dropped their fourth game in a row.

What It Means:  It took 10 games for the Phillies to slip quietly into last place in the East.

What Happened:  Aaron Nola made it through only five innings, allowing a run on six hits while striking out six.  With the score tied at two, Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth and was brought out to try to do the same in the 10th.  He didn't.  Bryce Harper led off with a single and Daniel Murphy promptly doubled him home.

Tommy Joseph hit his first home run of the season.

Featured Card:  With the exception of the Brad Lidge collapse between 2008 and 2009, I don't recall ever watching a former dominant closer crash and burn as quickly as Gomez.  His September was a nightmare in which he went 0-3 with two blown saves and a 19.13 ERA (17 earned runs in 8 innings).  That has unfortunately carried over to 2017 as he's already blown a save, lost his closer's role and owns a 11.81 ERA (7 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings).

Gomez has been featured in the Topps Heritage and Topps Gypsy Queen sets so far this year.

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