Saturday, August 18, 2018

Game 122 - 2018 Topps Now All-Stars #AS-38 Aaron Nola

Phillies 4, Mets 2
Game 122 - Friday Night, August 17th in Philadelphia
Record - 68-54, 2nd place, 1/2 game behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  In this 4-2 win, Aaron Nola continued his career year, allowing just a run in his 7-inning outing while striking out 11.

What It Means:  The Rockies beat the Braves drawing the Phillies back to within a half game of the division lead.

What Happened:  Nola notched his 14th win, out-dueling the Mets' Noah Syndergaard in the process.  The Phillies plated three runs in the first with the key hits being an RBI-double from Asdrubal Cabrera and an RBI-single from Nick Williams.  Pat Neshek was the closer of the day, pitching a scoreless 9th, lowering his ERA to 0.60 and recording his 3rd save.

Featured Card:  This is Nola's card from the Topps Now N.L. All-Star Reserves set, sold exclusively on the Topps website for $59.99 per set.  Fortunately there were a number of buyers breaking down this set and selling single cards which is how I came to add this card to my collection.  I was surprised how quickly Topps released cards from this set, as I was hoping they'd use actual photos from the game or the overall All-Star weekend.

Transaction:  The Phillies seem to be making daily bullpen moves at this point with Edubray Ramos recalled from Lehigh Valley prior to this game and Mark Leiter, Jr. sent back down.

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