Friday, June 15, 2018

Game 65 - 2018 Phillies Team Issue 2 #9 Jesmuel Valentin

Rockies 7, Phillies 2
Game 65 - Wednesday Night, June 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 34-31, 3rd place, 4 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Jesmuel Valentin was the only bright spot in this forgettable 7-2 loss to the Rockies.

What It Means:  Maybe there were two bright spots . . . Hector Neris pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out the side.

What Happened:  Nick Pivetta suffered through his fourth straight subpar start, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in his 5 innings.  The offense was limited to home runs from Jorge Alfaro (5) and Valentin (1), his first career home run.  Valentin had earlier doubled twice in the ballgame.

Featured Card:  I was going to go with the Luis Garcia card that Doug had signed (see below) but after Valentin homered in the 9th, it tipped the scales in his favor.

Field Report:  We picked the worst game of the series to attend!  Still, the four of us had fun and Doug continued to have pre-game autograph success.  He added additional autographs of coaches Rick Kranitz and Dusty Wathan to his collection along with signatures from Valentin and Garcia.  Valentin seems to be this year's Ty Kelly as he's made time to sign a few autographs at each game we've attended this season.

Alfaro rounds the basees after his home run

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