Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Topps Bunt #74 Aaron Nola

Phillies 8Marlins 1
Game 145 - Wednesday Night, September 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 56-89, 5th place, 32 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  Rhys Hoskins homered for the 17th time in 33 games and Aaron Nola struck out a career-high 11 in this 8-1 win over the Marlins.

What It Means:  The Phillies are a respectable 7-6 so far in September, and most of that has to do with the power of Hoskins and the energy provided by the newer Phillies.

What Happened:  I've considered adding a new category to these game summary posts called "What Hoskins Did."  Hoskins hit a sacrifice fly in the first, walked and scored in the third, hit a two-run home run in the fifth, and singled in the sixth.  Freddy Galvis had a three-hit night and Odubel Herrera drove in a pair of runs.

2015 Topps #577
Nola allowed just a run on four hits while setting his career-high mark in strikeouts on the way to his 11th win.

Featured Cards:  This is Nola's card from the physical release of Topps Bunt.

Transaction:  Henderson Alvarez was officially added to the active roster and Daniel Nava was placed on the 60-day disabled list.  Alvarez is expected to start for the Phillies on Sunday.  The former Blue Jays and Marlins pitcher hasn't appeared in the big leagues since May 2015, and he was an All-Star in 2014.  His most recent baseball card appearances came in a number of 2015 Topps releases.

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