Saturday, April 21, 2018

Game 19 - 2018 Topps Opening Day #79 Odubel Herrera

Phillies 2, Pirates 1
Game 19 - Friday Night, April 20th in Philadelphia
Record - 12-7, 2nd place, 2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Odubel Herrera tripled home Cesar Hernandez with the winning run in this 2-1 victory over the Pirates.

What It Means:  The Phillies are 7-1 at home, the first time they've hit that mark to start the season since 1981 at Veterans Stadium.  They'll go for the series win this afternoon.

What Happened:  Hernandez and Herrera have provided steady offense from the top of the line-up so far this season.  With the score knotted at one in the eighth, Hernandez led off with a double and came home on Herrera's triple.  After Rhys Hoskins walked, the inning ended on a bizarre double pick-off (scored 1-3-4-2-5-8-7) when Hoskins apparently lost track of the number of outs.

Ben Liveley threw six strong innings, allowing a run on five hits.  Luis Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win and Hector Neris recorded his third save.

Featured Card:  As infuriating as he can be to watch sometimes, Herrera is still one the team's best players.

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