Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 Topps Now #28 Cesar Hernandez

Phillies 5, Braves 2
Game 18 - Sunday Afternoon, April 23rd in Philadelphia
Record - 9-9, 3rd place, 4 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Capped by back-to-back-to-back home runs from Cesar Hernandez, Aaron Altherr and Odubel Herrera in the eighth inning, the Phillies downed the Braves, 5-2.

What It Means:  The win completed the three-game sweep of the Braves and the Marlins come to town beginning Tuesday night.

What Happened:  The trio of home runs marked the first time for the three-in-a-row feat since Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell did it on June 13, 2008.  Another highlight of this game was the fine pitching performance of Zach Eflin.  Making his second start of the season, Eflin pitched seven strong innings, allowing a run on three hits.

Featured Card:  The Phillies have already had their share of Topps Now cards so far this season, marking memorable game events and highlights.  The three home runs hit by Hernandez, Altherr, and Herrera merited a Topps Now card but I don't have that in hand yet.  The card featured here is the first Topps Now card to arrive in the mail so far this season, beating the 12-run first inning Topps Now card from the game prior.

This card celebrates Hernandez's walk-off single from April 9th, and it's the second of four (so far) Topps Now card issued for the Phillies this season.  The card finish for this year's Topps Now cards is glossier and the back almost seems refractor-ish.

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