Friday, June 1, 2018

Game 54 - 2017 Topps Finest Breakthroughs #FB-AN Aaron Nola

Phillies 2, Dodgers 1
Game 54 - Thursday Night, May 31st in Los Angeles
Record - 31-23, 3rd place, 1 game behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Aaron Nola and Seranthony Dominguez turned in dominating pitching performances in this 2-1 win over the Dodgers.

What It Means:  The Phils split the series in L.A., and now they'll open up a three-game set in San Francisco.

What Happened:  Nola secured his 7th win, throwing 7 solid innings and allowing just a run on two hits.  He also struck out 7.  Dominguez closed out the final two innings to record his 2nd save.

The Phillies scored their first run when Jorge Alfaro singled home Maikel Franco, but Franco never came close to touching home plate.  The umpire called him safe, the Dodgers didn't appeal, and the run stood.  Alfaro doubled home the tie-breaking run in the 7th to score Scott Kingery.

Featured Card:  Nola is rightfully earning national attention with his recent performance and his ERA is now down to 2.18.  Here's an insert card from last season and it seems appropriate for this post.

Transactions:  The Phillies made a few roster moves prior to this game.  First, and as expected, Rhys Hoskins landed on the disabled list with a broken jaw.  Dylan Cozens was recalled from the IronPigs to take his place on the roster.

The Phillies also recalled reliever Mark Leiter, Jr. and designated Drew Hutchison for assignment.  In 11 games for the Phillies, Hutchison owned a 4.64 ERA over 21 1/3 innings pitched.  He had been used as the team's long-man and he could end up in Triple-A if he clears waivers.

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