Thursday, May 18, 2017

2015 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs Update #22 Jayson Nix

Rangers 5, Phillies 1
Game 36 - Tuesday Night, May 16th in Arlington
Record - 14-22, 4th place, 10 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Yu Darvish baffled the Phillies hitters as the Rangers won, 5-1.

What It Means:  Maybe this isn't the year the Phillies start to put it all together?

What Happened:  Jerad Eickhoff faced off against his original team, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits over six innings of work. Nomar Mazara and Mike Napoli both homered for the Rangers.  Darvish allowed a run on four hits while striking out nine over seven innings.

Featured Card:  The last time the Phillies played the Rangers in Arlington was on April 2, 2014, as part of their opening series.  Jayson Nix was the Phillies shortstop on that day and this is his sole Phillies-related baseball card in my collection.

Nix began the 2014 season with the Phillies but was designated for assignment on May 12th.  Over the next 12 months, he'd bounce from the Rays to the Pirates to the Royals to the Orioles and then back to the Phillies, signing a minor league deal with the club on May 16, 2015.  Nix appeared in 29 games for the IronPigs, hitting .157 before being released on June 23rd.

Matt Gelb Tweeted out the entire starting line-up which contains a few Phillies Room favorites.

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