Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen #207 Jeremy Hellickson

Phillies 7, Pirates 2
Game 39 - Friday Night, May 19th in Pittsburgh
Record - 15-24, 4th place, 9 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jeremy Hellickson was cruising before an apparent back injury forced him from the game, but the Phils still won 7-2.

What It Means:  Hellickson was trying to become the first Phillies starting pitcher to throw seven innings since Vince Velasquez did it back on May 6th.  He doubled in the top of the seventh to score Maikel Franco but had to leave the game with the injury.

What Happened:  Hellickson recorded his fifth win by allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings and allowing just two hits.  Pat Neshek, Joaquin Benoit and Hector Neris kept the Pirates off the board over the final three innings.  Cameron Rupp's three-run home run (4) in the ninth provided a nice cushion for the win.

Featured Card:  This is Hellickson's card from this year's Topps Gypsy Queen set.

Transaction:  Adam Morgan was recalled from the IronPigs to take Nick Pivetta's spot on the roster. Morgan will be available out of the bullpen for two games before Aaron Nola is expected to be activated for Sunday's series finale.

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