Wednesday, April 19, 2017

2017 Topps Phillies #PHI-13 Andres Blanco

Phillies 6, Mets 2 (10 Innings)
Game 13 - Tuesday Night, April 18th in Flushing
Record - 5-8, 5th place, 3 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies took advantage of a costly Jose Reyes error to tie the game in the eighth, and then eventually won the game with four 10th inning runs.

What It Means:  It wasn't pretty, and the Phillies had several gaffes of their own, but we'll take it.

What Happened:  The Mets were leading 2-1 with two outs in the eighth when Reyes dropped a pop up from Freddy Galvis.  Andres Blanco followed with a game-tying, ground rule double that should have scored Galvis had he run out the dropped pop up.  In the 10th, Cameron Rupp broke the tie with a sacrifice fly, Aaron Altherr singled home Tommy Joseph and Daniel Nava capped the scoring with a two-run single that shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera couldn't handle.

2016 Grandstand Reading
Fightin Phils #13
In his first start of the season, Zach Eflin settled down after allowing two first inning runs.  He lasted five innings, giving up just the two runs on three hits.

Featured Cards:  Blanco gets the honors due to his big pinch-hit double in the eighth.  The super utility player received a card in this year's Topps Phillies retail team set.

Transactions:  Prior to the game, Clay Buchholz was placed on the disabled list and Eflin was recalled from Lehigh Valley.  Buchholz had forearm surgery yesterday and his season is likely done after two games and 7 1/3 innings.

Howie Kendrick was also placed on the disabled list with an abdominal strain and pitcher Mark Leiter, Jr. was selected from the IronPigs.  Leiter, Jr.'s dad pitched for the Phillies in 1997 and 1998, saving 23 games.

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