Thursday, April 5, 2018

Game 5 - 1995 Donruss #291 Kevin Stocker

Mets 4, Phillies 2
Game 5 - Wednesday Afternoon, April 4th in New York
Record - 1-4, 5th place, 3 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies offense took another day off against the Mets in this 4-2 matinee loss.

What It Means:  The home opener is this afternoon and the Phillies are in last place.  New manager Gabe Kapler seems somewhat confused in his role, the bullpen has already been relied on heavily and the offense struck out 26 times in the two games against the Mets.  I'd expect a few boos later today.

What Happened:  Aaron Nola battled through five innings, allowing two runs on four hits.  The Mets took the lead for good on a two-run triple from Armed Rosario in the sixth off Drew Hutchison.

Featured Card:  This game was only available for viewing over Facebook, which I didn't entirely mind as I was at work (working diligently of course) and I could check in on the game from time to time.  On the way home, I listened to the end of the radio broadcast of the game.

Long-time radio color commentator Larry Andersen will only be working home games this season, and Kevin Stocker is one of the fill-ins who will accompany radio play-by-play guy Scott Franzke on the road.  I thought Stocker did a pretty good job during his first five games with Franzke, and the two seem to have a good chemistry.  It will be tough to replace the successful Andersen/Franzke tandem, but I was pleasantly surprised by Stocker's job in the booth.

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