Saturday, September 9, 2017

2017 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #6 Nick Williams

Nationals 11, Phillies 10
Game 141 - Friday Night, September 8th in Washington
Record - 53-88, 5th place, 34 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Odubel Herrera's mental mistakes negated three, three-run home runs from the Phillies offense as they dropped this game to the Nationals, 11-10.

What It Means:  Herrera appeared to be sleepwalking through this game, looking unprepared at the plate and badly misplaying a Michael A. Taylor fly ball that led to an inside-the-park grand slam. That gave the Nationals the lead and the Phillies couldn't recover.

What Happened:  The three, three-run home runs came from Nick Williams (10) in the first, Rhys Hoskins (13) in the seventh and Maikel Franco (19) in the ninth.  J. P. Crawford started his first game at shortstop, ending Freddy Galvis' 140 game starting streak at that position this season.

Featured Card:  Williams went 4 for 5 in this game with a pair of runs scored.  He's likely to be all over the 2018 baseball card releases, but for now he's only appeared on a few 2017 releases, including this card from the IronPigs team set.  And wouldn't the Phillies look good playing in a baby blue alternate jersey next season?

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