Game 98 - Tuesday Night, July 25th in Philadelphia
Record - 34-64, 5th place, 25 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies offense mustered four doubles, but went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position as former Phillies Charlie Morton and Ken Giles contributed to the shutout win for the Astros.
What It Means: The Astros are way better than the Phillies.
What Happened: Nick Pivetta was cruising until allowing four runs in the sixth. He struck out seven in his outing. Charlie Morton improved to 8-4, pitching seven innings and striking out nine. Giles, in a non-save situation, struck out a pair in his first outing against his former team.
Odubel Herrera was benched in the seventh when he didn't run out a dropped third strike.
Featured Card: In his fourth start with the Phillies last season, Morton injured his hamstring and was done for the year. He pitched a total of 17 1/3 innings with the Phillies, earning three Phillies baseball cards for his short tenure with the club. Morton has Phillies cards in the team-issued photo card set (the first edition), the Topps retail team set, and in the Topps Heritage High Numbers set, featured here.
Field Report: Doug and I enjoyed (?) this game with a few thousand other Phillies fans, although the highlight for Doug was once again adding a number of Phillies autographs to his collection. As has been his routine for recent games, Doug stations himself at the corner of the Phillies dugout, with a handful of other autograph seekers, and patiently awaits* for a player or coach to make his way over.
He added five autographs to his collection last night: Tommy Joseph, Cameron Perkins, Hector Neris, and coaches Juan Samuel and Mickey Morandini.
*He calls their name relentlessly, but politely, until they come over.