Game 98 - Sunday Night, July 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 55-43, 1st place, 1 game ahead of the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as the Phillies blanked the Padres, 5-0.
What It Means: The teams played a split-admission double header necessitated by Saturday's rain-out.
What Happened: Velasquez went seven strong inning, allowing 2 hits and striking out 7. Odubel Herrera hit his team-leading 17th home run in the 4th and Rhys Hoskins padded the lead with a 3-run home run (16) in the 7th.
Featured Card: I thought this was pretty cool from Meghan Montemurro's Tweet - Velasquez became the first Phillies pitcher to have three or more instances of a no-hitter through 5 innings in one season since Steve Carlton did it in 1979. I happen to like the Topps Big League design way better than the Topps flagship design this year. This is the inaugural edition of the new, young collector-geared Topps Big League set.
Transaction: Between games, the Phillies activated Luis Garcia from the disabled list and placed Edubray Ramos on the DL with a right patella tendon strain. Yacksel Rios was also added to the roster as the 26th man.
Perhaps this frees up the checklist for a limited Postseason edition of Chachi cards instead . . .