Monday, September 4, 2017

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter #288 Jorge Alfaro

Phillies 2, Marlins 1
Game 134 - Friday Night, September 1st in Miami
Record - 51-83, 5th place, 30 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Jorge Alfaro and Andres Blanco provided RBIs in the ninth to ruin Dillon Peters' Major League debut and give the Phillies a 2-1 win.

What It Means:  Peters had thrown seven shutout innings and fanned eight, but Brad Ziegler couldn't shut down the Phils in the ninth.

What Happened:  Nick Pivetta pitched a great game and the only Marlins run scored in the first on a wild pitch.  Pivetta scattered four hits and struck out six in six innings of work.  Maikel Franco doubled to start the ninth and then Pedro Florimon walked.  Alfaro singled home Franco and Blanco grounded out to second to score Florimon.

Featured Card:  I've got a whole bunch of Alfaro's cards from 2017 Topps products, and here's his card from the Allen & Ginter set.

2014 Topps Heritage #218
Transactions/Phillies Debut:  Reliever Juan Nicasio was claimed off waivers from the Pirates and added to the active roster.  Nicasio has had a great season so far, but the Pirates had placed him on irrevocable waivers in an attempt to trade him to a contending team and save some payroll.  He was claimed, the Pirates didn't like the proposed return from the claiming team, and rather than deal him he was waived.  The Phillies scooped him up, and he'll help out the beleaguered bullpen the rest of the way.

Brock Stassi had been designated for assignment to open up a spot for Nicasio, and he was later outrighted to Triple-A.  Finally, reliever Casey Fien was released.  Fien appeared in four games this season for the Phillies and he's an excellent candidate to receive a future Chachi Missing Links card.

23. Juan Nicasio (rhp) - Nicasio relieved Hoby Milner with two outs in the eighth and coaxed a ground out form Giancarlo Stanton.  His 1/3 of an inning made him the pitcher of record when the Phillies took the lead in the ninth, and he eventually got the win.

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