Thursday, August 24, 2017

2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day Phillies #14 Juan Samuel

Marlins 12, Phillies 8 (Game 1)
Game 123 - Tuesday Afternoon, August 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 45-78, 5th place, 30 1/2 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  A six-run seventh inning from the Marlins sunk the Phillies in this 12-8 loss.

What It Means:  This was a make-up of the game rained out between the two teams way back on April 25th.

What Happened:  Aaron Nola struggled again, and before it was all over his pitching line didn't look good - 6 1/3 innings, 9 hits, 7 runs and two home runs allowed.  Rhys Hoskins (6), Cameron Rupp (13), Cesar Hernandez (8), Tommy Joseph (17) and Andres Blanco (2) all homered from the Phillies but the Marlins' home runs came in more timely spots.  Both Ichiro Suzuki and JT Realmuto hit three-run home runs for the Marlins.

Featured Card/Field Report:  I was out of town for work, but Jenna, being an absolute trooper, took both our sons to this double header.  They had never before attended a double header, and they wanted to experience one first-hand.  Their Uncle Drew also joined them at the game.  Before the game, Doug added autographs from coaches Juan Samuel and Mickey Morandini (again), Blanco (again), Hoby Milner, Jesen Therrien and Ty Kelly (again).  He asked Samuel to sign the sweet spot of a baseball and the Wall of Famer kindly obliged.

Transactions:  Pivetta was recalled from the IronPigs to be the 26th man on the roster due to the double header.  Zach Eflin was placed on the disabled list and Yacksel Rios was recalled.  To make room for Rios on the 40-man roster, Vince Velasquez was moved to the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his disappointing season.


Steve F. said...

I went to game 1 with my wife and son (but we left before game 2) and then the next night for the Leiter gem with just my son. 1-1 record for us on those two games. Hoskins looked great in both. Did your wife notice for your benefit that if you bought a program for $3 you got a 15-card pack of those WOF/National Baseball Card Day cards for free? (And if you buy 10 programs you get 10 packs....) It's an easy way to get a full set for a lot less than eBay prices.

Jim said...

Thanks for the tip! I hope this promotion continues during the Cubs and Braves series.