Astros 13, Phillies 4
Game 97 - Monday Night, July 24th in Philadelphia
Record - 34-63, 5th place, 25 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The first place Astros banged out 18 hits and 13 runs against the last place Phillies in this lopsided loss.
What It Means: The Astros, with the second best record in baseball at 66-33, had a record of 55-111 in 2013. The Phillies (and their fans) are hoping to mirror the recent success of the Astros, and hopefully it doesn't take more than a few seasons to get back to somewhat competitive baseball.
What Happened: Vince Velasquez faced off against his former team for the first time, allowing four runs over three innings before a two-hour rain delay cut his outing short. Following the storm, Ricardo Pinto allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits in 1 1/3 inning of work.
Cesar Hernandez had three hits and Nick Williams continued to swing a hot bat, lacing a three-run triple in the seventh.
Featured Card: I'm close to wrapping up the Phillies Missing Links of the 1990s series of custom cards, which tackled the task of producing Phillies virtual cards for those players from the 1990s that never appeared on an actual Phillies baseball card. Current manager A.J. Hinch will be on the checklist when I begin the Phillies Missing Links of the 2000s set. I wrote about Hinch in a post from 2009 (featuring his 2005 Chachi card) and the card featured here is one of the two Hinch minor league cards in my Phillies collection.