Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 Topps Phillies #PHI-8 Clay Buchholz

Mets 14, Phillies 4
Game 8 - Tuesday Night, April 11th in Philadelphia
Record - 3-5, 4th place, 2 games behind the Mets and Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Yoenis Cespedes hit three home runs and Clay Buchholz left the game with a right forearm strain as the Mets clobbered the Phillies, 14-4.

What It Means:  For the first time this season, the Phillies delivered "an embarassing loss" according to manager Pete Mackanin.

What Happened:  Buchholz left in the third inning having allowed six runs on eight hits.  It's unclear when he'll pitch again as a trip to the disabled list seems likely.  The four pitchers sacrificed to the Mets in this game have some pretty awful ERAs - Buchholz (12.27), Adam Morgan (10.50), Joely Rodriguez (11.81) and Jeanmar Gomez (12.46).

Featured Card:  Buchholz has three Phillies cards already to his name - this card from the Phillies Topps retail team set, a card in the Topps Heritage set and his photo card from the team-issued set. Only the team-issued photo card shows him wearing an actual Phillies uniform and not a photoshopped version.

Transactions:  Before the game, Zach Eflin was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Lehigh Valley.  His stay there could be short.  Following the game, Morgan, who gave up two of the three Cespedes home runs, was optioned to Lehigh Valley.

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