Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Game 115 - Phils Shutout Again; Acquire Bour from Fish

Padres 2, Phillies 0
Game 115 - Late Friday Night, August 10th in San Diego
Record - 64-51, Tied for 1st place, 5 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals

Another Post-Vacation Catch-Up, Part 6 of 7

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies couldn't figure out Padres starting pitcher Jacob Nix, making his Major League debut, as the offense was shut out for the second game in a row.

What It Means:  The loss dropped the team back into a tie for first with the Braves.

What Happened:  Nix pitched six scoreless innings, bettering Zach Eflin who allowed two runs in his six innings of work.  The Phillies offense produced 8 singles and went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Featured Cards/Transactions:  In a somewhat unexpected move, the Phillies acquired first baseman Justin Bour (and cash) from the Miami Marlins for minor-league pitcher McKenzie Mills.  Bour, who had been hitting .227 with 19 home runs, is expected to serve as a left-handed bat off the bench during the stretch run.  His baseball cards can be found throughout just about every major 2018 Topps and Panini release.  To make room for Bour on the 40-man roster, pitcher Jake Thompson was designated for assignment.  Hopefully, Thompson clears waivers and ends up back with the IronPigs.

2018 Choice Phillies Top 30
Prosepcts #22
Mills came to the Phillies last July in the deal that sent Howie Kendrick to the Nationals.  He's in the Top 30 Prospects set released by the Reading Fightin Phils this year as card #22.

Finally, the Phillies sent Enyel De Los Santos back down to Lehigh Valley and activated J.P. Crawford from the disabled list.

Arrived During the 2018 Season
Trevor Plouffe (4/23/18) - Signed as a minor league free agent, formerly with the Texas Rangers organization.
Asdrubal Cabrera (7/27/18) - Acquired from the New York Mets for Franklyn Kilome.
Wilson Ramos (7/31/18) - Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named later or cash.
Aaron Loup (7/31/18) - Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays for Jacob Waguespack.
Justin Bour (8/10/18) - Acquired with cash from the Miami Marlins for McKenzie Mills.

Departed During the 2018 Season
Drew Hutchison (6/5/18) - Designated for assignment and elected free agency.
Hoby Milner (7/15/18) - Sold to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Zac Curtis (7/31/18) - Designated for assingnment and claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, 8/7/18.


Steve F. said...

McKenzie Mills sounds like the name of a young woman who could have opened for Taylor Swift on her last tour--the female version of Hunter Hayes. That or a company that makes yarn.

Anyway, he seems like a nice fellow and I wish him well. He posted on Instragram after the trade: "I just want to thank the Philadelphia Phillies for giving me the opportunity to continue my baseball career. I’m proud to say, that I’ve been traded to the Miami Marlins! Can’t wait to get started. Go Marlins!"

Now let's hope Justin Bour becomes this year's version of 2008 Matt Stairs!

Jim said...

I'm hoping Bour will get a start in one of these upcoming Mets games and provide some much-needed punch in the line-up.