Saturday, March 31, 2018

Game 2 - 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen #136 Carlos Santana

Phillies 5, Braves 4 (11)
Game 2 - Friday Night, March 30th in Atlanta
Record - 1-1, Tied for 2nd place, 1/2 game behind the Mets and Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  It took 11 innings and 9 pitchers, but thanks to Carlos Santana's 3-RBI game, the Phillies won their first game of the season.

What It Means:  Manager Gabe Kapler set a major league record by using 15 pitchers in the Phillies first two games to start the season.  (Tweet from Matt Gelb.)  They'll go for the series win tonight.

What Happened:  Nick Pivetta labored through four innings, allowing three runs on five hits, and the bullpen carousel kicked off in the fifth.  Luis Garcia allowed the Braves to tie it up in the eighth and Drew Hutchison eventually earned the win with a scoreless 10th and 11th innings.  The Braves appeared to score a go-ahead run in the eighth, but a replay review showed that Peter Bourjos was out at the plate on a throw from J.P. Crawford.

Rhys Hoskins (1) and Santana (1) homered while Scott Kingery collected his first big league hit - a single up the middle in the fourth off Mike Foltynewicz.

Featured Card:  This is the first Phillies card of Santana's in my collection, featuring him in a photoshopped Phillies uniform.

Transaction:  Prior to the game, Pat Neshek (shoulder) was placed on the disabled list and Yacksel Rios was recalled.  It's not a good sign that Neshek is already out this early in the season.  The Phillies' two big offseason bullpen signings - Neshek and Tommy Hunter - are now both on the DL.

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