Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Game 28 - 2018 Topps Heritage #352 Jorge Alfaro

Marlins 8, Phillies 4
Game 28 - Monday Night, April 30th in Miami
Record - 16-12, 3rd place, 2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Jake Arrieta was uncharacteristically ineffective in this 8-4 loss to the Marlins.

What It Means:  The Phillies have lost three in a row, dropping into third place behind the Braves and the Mets.  If they hope to contend this year, these are the games they absolutely need to win.

What Happened:  Arrieta couldn't escape the fourth inning, leaving after 3 2/3 having allowed six runs on eight hits.  Marlins right fielder Brian Anderson enjoyed a four-RBI night.  The Phillies had a pair of two-run home runs from Jorge Alfaro (3) in the second and Maikel Franco (4) in the fourth.

Featured Card:  These are the games where it's hardest to come up with a featured card that makes some sort of sense.  Ultimately, I went with a recent Alfaro card since his home run was an absolute bomb that hit the Marlins' garish home run structure located beyond the center field wall.

Transaction:  The Phillies made a few roster moves prior to this game.  Victor Arano, one of the more reliable relievers so far this season, was placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.  Jake Thompson was optioned back to the IronPigs.  Lefty reliever Zac Curtis was recalled and right-handed starting pitcher Zach Eflin was also recalled to start for the Phillies on Tuesday night.

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