Friday, May 19, 2017

2000 Pacific Paramount #178 Ron Gant

Rangers 8, Phillies 4
Game 38 - Thursday Afternoon, May 18th in Arlington
Record - 14-24, 4th place, 10 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  The Rangers effortlessly completed the sweep of the Phillies, winning this ballgame 8-4.

What It Means:  Freddy Galvis had this to say after the game: "It sucks, man. That's the truth. If somebody says it's OK, it's not OK. We're (bleeping) losing a lot of games."  The Phillies have lost 15 of their last 18 and this is their worst start to a season (after 38 games) since the horrendous 2000 campaign.

What Happened:  Nick Pivetta was chased in the fifth inning, having thrown 107 pitches but allowing only a run on three hits.  Joely Rodriguez entered the ballgame and allowed seven runs on six hits while retiring only two batters.  His ERA increased from 4.05 to 6.97 in the course of about 35 minutes.  On the bright side, both Maikel Franco (6) and Tommy Joseph homered (6).

Featured Card:  Terry Francona's 2000 Phillies club finished with a record of 65-97.  That team actually won its 38th game to improve its record to 14-24.  Randy Wolf got the win and Jeff Brantley recorded his first save of the season.  Ron Gant had a big three-run home run in the fifth off Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile.

Transaction:  Following the game, Pivetta was optioned to Lehigh Valley and a corresponding roster move will be made prior to Friday's game.

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