Thursday, April 27, 2017

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen #220 Maikel Franco

Phillies 7, Marlins 4
Game 19 - Wednesday Night, April 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 10-9, Tied for 2nd place, 4 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Maikel Franco hit his second grand slam of the season and Vince Velasquez had an effective outing as the Phillies defeated the Marlins, 7-4.

What It Means:  The Phillies have a five-game win streak and they're a game over .500.

What Happened:  Franco's slam came in the third.  Freddy Galvis (3) added a solo home run in the sixth and Michael Saunders provided more insurance with his first home run of the season - a two-run shot in the eighth.  Velasquez earned the win, allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings and striking out three.

Featured Card:  Franco has 20 RBIs so far in April, which is the most in the first month of the season for a Phillies player since Ryan Howard had 27 in April 2011.  (Source - Meghan Montemurro via Twitter.)  This is his newest card in my collection from the Topps Gypsy Queen set.

Transaction:  On Tuesday, Aaron Nola was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a lower back strain and infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly was added to the active roster.  Nick Pivetta is slated to take Nola's spot in the starting pitching rotation.  Here's hoping Nola's latest injury setback is only temporary.

The Phillies Room is actively seeking a decent photo of Kelly in a Phillies uniform for his Chachi card.

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