Sunday, April 29, 2018

Game 26 - Odubel's Catch and Ben's Hot Dog Launching Skills

2018 Chachi Special Edition #4
2018 Chachi #32
Braves 4, Phillies 1
Game 26 - Saturday Night, April 28th in Philadelphia
Record - 16-10, 2nd place, 1/2 game behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies went quietly against Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves in this 4-1 loss.

What It Means:  Other than a solo home run from Maikel Franco in the fifth, the Phillies bats were quiet.  They had five total hits (four singles, Franco's homer) and went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

What Happened:  Nick Pivetta labored through five innings allowing four runs on six hits.  J.P. Crawford left the game in the fifth after suffering an arm injury.

The true highlight of this game was a leaping catch made by Odubel Herrera in the third inning to bring back what would have been a home run off the bat of Freddie Freeman.  This catch will go down as one of the most impressive catches this season.

Featured Card:  Herrera's catch deserves a season highlight card, and the photo I used was taken by photographer Yong Kim.

Field Report:  While Doug and I were traveling to North Jersey for his latest baseball tournament, Jenna and Ben decided to head to the Phillies game.  Ben became the first in our family to enjoy the new offerings found in the family-friendly area known as The Yard, locating in the former location of Bull's BBQ.  He went a perfect 3 for 3 with the hot dog shooter, and made a valiant attempt to climb the cityscape-themed rock wall, but the wall proved too slippery for climbing.

A kind-hearted Phillies usher let them sit in a few open seats in Section 128 given that the ballpark was mostly empty.  They enjoyed the game (and Herrera's catch) from there until the sideways rain kicked in around mid-game leading to an early departure.

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