Thursday, May 11, 2017

2016 Topps Chrome Prism Refractors #71 Carlos Ruiz

Mariners 10, Phillies 9
Game 31 - Tuesday Night, May 9th in Philadelphia
Record - 13-18, 3rd place, 7 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Phillies pitching faltered again and a strong offensive night was ruined as the Mariners won, 10-9.

What It Means:  This was the shortest outing of Jerad Eickhoff's career as he went just 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits. The bullpen combined to allow five runs (three earned), with Hector Neris unable to keep the game tied in the 9th.

What Happened:  Michael Saunders (3), Tommy Joseph (3), and Aaron Altherr (5) all homered for the Phillies.  Ben Gamel had a huge game for the Mariners, going 4 for 5 with four RBIs.

Featured Card:  Carlos Ruiz returned to Citizens Bank Park for the first time since being traded to the Dodgers last season.  He received a nice standing ovation in the eighth inning when he came to the plate to pinch-hit.  (He flew out to center.)  Along with Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley, Chooch received a warm welcome upon his return to Philadelphia and I'm looking forward to one day attending his Wall of Fame ceremony.

Transaction:  Prior to this game Jeanmar Gomez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow injury and Ty Kelly was recalled from Lehigh Valley.

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