Friday, June 9, 2017

2017 Topps 1987 Topps Baseball Chrome Refractors #87-AN Aaron Nola

Phillies 3, Braves 1
Game 56 - Tuesday Night, June 6th in Atlanta
Record - 21-35, 5th place, 15 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola pitched eight great innings as the Phillies won their fourth in a row, 3-1.

What It Means:  In Nola's best pitching performance by far this season, he allowed a run on five hits while striking out six.

What Happened:  All the offense Nola needed was provided by a solo home run from Howie Kendrick (2) in the fourth and an RBI-double from Odubel Herrera in the sixth.  A third insurance run scored in the sixth on a Jaime Garcia balk.  Hector Neris allowed two hits to start the ninth and was replaced by Pat Neshek.  Neshek recorded the final two outs of the game and his first save of the season.

Featured Card:  There haven't been many opportunities this season to showcase a Nola card, so I'm pleased to feature a card of his here.  This card was available in "silver packs" available as an incentive for buying 2017 Topps Series One boxes from hobby shops.

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