Wednesday, August 2, 2017

2017 Grandstand Reading Fightin Phils #28 Drew Anderson

Angels 7, Phillies 1
Game 104 - Late Tuesday Night, August 1st in Anaheim
Record - 39-65, 5th place, 23 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola turned in another great start, but Albert Pujols and his 5-RBI night helped defeat the Phillies, 7-1.

What It Means:  The five-game win streak is over, the Phillies went 2 for 16 with runners in scoring position, and I needed extra coffee this morning since I actually stayed up to watch most of this game.

What Happened:  Nola allowed just two runs on eight hits over six innings.  Mark Leiter, Jr. surrendered a three-run home run to Pujols in the seventh.

Featured Card:  Drew Anderson made his Major League debut in this game (see below) and this is his most recent baseball card from the Reading team set.

Transaction:  In a somewhat surprising move, pitcher Anderson was recalled from Double-A Reading (and flown to Los Angeles) to take the departed Joaquin Benoit's roster spot.  The team's 40-man roster currently has 38 players on it, including Anderson, and the thought here is that they wanted to keep those two spots open.  Thus, Anderson got the surprise call-up.

Phillies Debuts:  Anderson is the 21st overall new Philllie player this season, and the 11th making his big league debut.

21.  Drew Anderson (rhp) - Relieved Leiter in the eighth, allowing two singles, two runs (one earned) and striking out Mike Trout for his first career K.

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