Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 Chachi Preview #4 Maikel Franco

Nationals 6, Phillies 4
Game 33 - Saturday Night, May 13th in Washington
Record - 13-20, Tied for 3rd place, 9 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Edubray Ramos allowed a walk-off home run to Bryce Harper and the Nationals won the game, 6-4.

What It Means:  After a day and a half of steady rain, which resulted in the Friday night game being washed out, the Phillies most likely wish the rain had continued for a few more days.

What Happened:  The Phillies went up 3-0 in the fourth thanks to a clutch, two-out, two run single from Cameron Rupp.  Tommy Joseph added an RBI doulbe in the fifth.  The Nationals put up a four spot against starting pitcher Nick Pivetta in the bottom of the fifth, chasing him from the game.  The game remained tied until Harper's blast ended it.

Featured Card:  This is the last of five "preview" cards created in the offseason to appear on this blog.  The card felt appropriate given that Maikel Franco is mired in an awful slump right now and this photo features him standing in the rain.  Franco went 1 for 4 in this game to increase his average to .208.

Transactions:  On Thursday, the Phillies optioned Jake Thompson to the IronPigs and Luis Garcia was recalled (again) the following day.

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