Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017 Phillies Team Issue Phillies Phestival #43 Nick Pivetta

Phillies 7, Braves 6
Game 103 - Monday Afternoon, July 31st in Philadelphia
Record - 39-64, 5th place

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies held on to beat the Braves, 7-6, completing the impressive four-game sweep.

What It Means:  As Todd Zolecki Tweeted, this is the Phillies first four-game sweep at home since June 2011 (against the Marlins) and their first four game sweep against the Braves at home since September 1949!

What Happened:  Nick Pivetta earned the win, allowing a run on three hits over six innings of work.  Odubel Herrera hit a three-run home run (11) in the third and Maikel Franco added a solo home run (16) in the seventh.  Tommy Joseph had three hits and a pair of RBIs.

Featured Card:  This is (unfortunately) Pivetta's first official Phillies card, produced especially for the annual Phillies Phestival held in early May.  Back when I was trying to figure out which game to go to with my sweepstakes prize (see here), I decided to reach out to the ticket coordinator helping me (Bryan) to see if he could track down extra cards from this year's Phestival.  Bryan was initially confused by my request, but he was able to track down a copy of the Pivetta card and the Zach Eflin card issued exclusively for both pitchers to sign autographs.  I was thrilled to find both cards in the envelope with our four tickets at the will-call window prior to that game.

Transaction:  Following the game, the Phillies sent Joaquin Benoit to the Pirates in their fourth and final pre-July 31st trade.  I'll have more on the trade in a separate post.

Phillies Debut:  Hyun Soo Kim, wearing #31, became the 20th player to debut with the Phillies this year, giving Nick Williams a much-needed day off.

20.  Hyun Soo Kim (lf) - Kim batted seventh, walking three times and striking out once.

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