Saturday, June 16, 2018

Game 67 - 2010 Topps National Chicle #280 Jimmie Foxx

Brewers 13, Phillies 2
Game 67 - Friday Night, June 15th in Milwaukee
Record - 35-32, 3rd place, 4 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Four Phillies errors, including two from Scott Kingery, led to an early exit for Jake Arrieta and a blow-out 13-2 win for the Brewers.

What It Means:  The Phillies haven't been playing well and their defense has been lousy.  Kingery's struggles at shortstop (not his natural position) continued, Rhys Hoskins dropped a fly ball in left field (not his natural position) and J.P. Crawford committed an error at third (not his natural position).

What Happened:  Arrieta lasted just 3 1/3 innings, allowing 8 runs (4 earned) on 7 hits.  Jesmuel Valentin had to come in to pitch the 8th inning.  Cesar Hernandez had a 3-hit night and Odubel Herrera showed signs of life, with a double and a solo home run (8).

Featured Card:  With Valentin making his pitching debut, he joins Pedro Florimon as position players pitching for the Phillies this season.  That last happened in 2013 when Casper Wells and John McDonald both pitched.  The last time three position players pitched was 1945 when Ben Chapman (3 games), Jimmie Foxx (9 games, 2 starts) and Rene Monteagudo (14 games) all pitched.  (Per Todd Zolecki's Tweet.)

The 37-year-old Foxx had a very respectable record of 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA over 22 2/3 innings for the 1945 Phillies.  The future Hall of Famer spent the last of his 20 seasons with an awful Phillies club that would finish the year with a record of 46-108.

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