Monday, April 16, 2018

Game 14 - 2018 Topps Opening Day #181 Aaron Altherr

Phillies 10, Rays 4
Game 14 - Sunday Afternoon, April 15th in St. Petersburg
Record - 9-5, 2nd place, 3 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Scott Kingery and Aaron Altherr each had three RBIs in this 10-4 rout of the Rays.

What It Means:  This is getting fun.  The Phillies have won six in a row and eight of their last nine.  They'll open a three-game series in Atlanta tonight and if they win they'll have their first seven-game win streak since 2012.  (Tweet from Matt Breen.)

What Happened:  Kingery gave the Phils their lead for good with a bases clearing double in the third.  With the Phillies ahead 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth, Altherr preserved the lead with a diving catch in right to save two runs from scoring.  Altherr, who was hitting only .065 entering the game, then hit a three-run bomb in the eighth.

Yacksel Rios picked up his second win of the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings relieving Ben Lively.  Lively went only four innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.

In honor of the annual Jackie Robinson Day, both teams wore Robinson's #42 for this game.

Featured Card:  J.P. Crawford recently busted out of his slump and hopefully Altherr has now too.

No comments: