Saturday, July 29, 2017

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Foil #222 Jake Thompson

Phillies 10, Braves 3
Game 100 - Friday Night, July 28th in Philadelphia
Record - 36-64, 5th place, 25 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  A seven-run fifth inning, along with a big night from Aaron Altherr, led to this 10-3 win over the Braves.

What It Means:  The game was somewhat secondary as we awaited news of a trade.  Starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson was pulled from the bullpen prior to the game (while he was warming up) and Jake Thompson made the emergency start.

What Happened:  Thompson pitched extremely well, earning the win and shutting out the Braves over five innings while allowing five hits.  Altherr hit a pair of home runs (15 and 16).  Altherr and Cameron Rupp (10) went back-to-back to start the fifth and Tommy Joseph would later add a three-run home run (16).  Freddy Galvis had a two-run triple in the inning, scoring on a throwing error from second baseman Brandon Phillips.

Featured Card:  Despite spending most of the season in the minors, Thompson is all over the 2017 Topps baseball card releases.  He's had at least one card in every major Topps release this season, including this parallel foil card from Allen & Ginter.

Transactions:  Reliver Jesen Therrien was recalled from the IronPigs prior to the game to take Pat Neshek's spot on the roster.  Following the game, trades were announced sending Howie Kendrick to the Nationals and Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles.  I'll have follow-up posts on both transactions and the players received in return.

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