Thursday, August 30, 2018

Game 132 - 2018 Topps Now Road to Opening Day #OD-275 Carlos Santana

Phillies 8, Nationals 6
Game 133 - Wednesday Night, August 29th in Philadelphia
Record - 71-62, 2nd place, 3 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Carlos Santana gave the Phillies a temporary lead with a 5th inning grand slam and Jose Bautista drove in the winning run with a 7th inning single in this much-needed 8-6 win over the Nationals.

What It Means:  The Phillies have the day off today before opening up a weekend series with the Cubs.  They are 8-14 since sweeping the Marlins to begin August.

What Happened:  Jake Arrieta's only contribution was a 2-run single in the 2nd.  He lasted just three innings, allowing four runs on four hits.  Tommy Hunter pitched the final two innings, shutting down the Nationals and earning his 3rd save.

Santana's slam was the first exciting moment for the Phillies in quite some time.  Bautista then came through in the 7th with a big two-out single to score Cesar Hernandez with the eventual winning run. Rhys Hoskins added some insurance with an RBI double in the 8th.

Roman Quinn was 3 for 5 with two runs scored, raising his average to .369.

Featured Card:  Santana became the first switch-hitter in franchise history with at least 20 home runs and 90 walks in a season, and the first to do it since Jayson Werth in 2009.  (Source - Meghan Montemurro Tweet.)

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