Monday, September 18, 2017

1980 Baseball Immortals #9 Connie Mack

Athletics 6Phillies 3
Game 149 - Sunday Afternoon, September 17th in Philadelphia
Record - 58-91, 5th place

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies were sunk by a grand slam from Joey Wendle, a local product, as the A's won the game 6-3 and the overall "City Series."

What It Means:  The Dodgers come to town next for a four-game series.  The Phillies need to go 5-8 the rest of the way to avoid a 100 loss season.

What Happened:  Henderson Alvarez made his Phillies debut and his first start since 2015, giving up a pair of home runs in the fourth inning.  He was also responsible for two of the runs scoring on the grand slam from Wendle allowed by Edubray Ramos.  Maikel Franco had a pair of RBI singles.

Featured Card:  The Phillies and A's celebrated their shared city origins, throwing back to retro logos on their Twitter accounts.  There was also a cool Philadelphia A's memorabilia display outside the Mitchell & Ness Alley store for the series.  Since the A's took this "City Series," I'll feature a card of their long-time manager, Connie Mack.

Phillies Debut:  In what should most likely be the end of this list, Alvarez became the 27th new Phillies player this season when he started the game.  He also became the 31st pitcher used by the Phillies, setting an all-time club record.  Finally, he's the third player to wear #58 for the Phillies this season, following Jeremy Hellickson and Juan Nicasio.

27. Henderson Alvarez (rhp) - Pitched five innings, allowing four runs on four hits while striking out four.  Two of the four hits were back-to-back home runs to Chad Pinder and Matt Olson in the fourth.

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