Sunday, September 2, 2018

Game 135 - 2018 Choice Lehigh Valley IronPigs #8 Austin Davis

Cubs 7, Phillies 1
Game 135 - Saturday Night, September 1st in Philadelphia
Record - 72-63, 2nd place, 3 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The offensive struggles continued and Zach Eflin was hit around in his five innings of work as the Cubs defeated the Phillies, 7-1.

What It Means:  The Braves came from behind to beat the Pirates, increasing their lead in the division to three games.  As Scott Lauber pointed out in his Tweet, Eflin has a 6.20 ERA since the roster shuffling that sent him to AAA temporarily.

What Happened:  Other than a Nick Williams RBI single in the 4th, the Phillies offense was dormant.  The Cubs tacked on three late inning runs against relievers Edubray Ramos and Austin Davis.  Davis' two runs allowed were unearned due to his own throwing error.

Featured Card:  Davis was at the center of a bizarre scene in the 8th inning.  While consulting the small piece of paper he's kept in his back pocket all season for upcoming pitch selections, umpire Joe West approached Davis and confiscated the paper.  It was a frustrating moment in a frustrating game in what has been a frustrating second half.  (Davis has yet to appear on a Phillies baseball card.)

Transactions:  The first wave of September roster additions arrived with Aaron Altherr, Dylan Cozens and Yacksel Rios being recalled from Lehigh Valley.  Pedro Florimon, Ramos and Davis were all activated from the disabled list and Jesmuel Valentin was designated for assignment to make room for Florimon on the 40-man roster.

Finally, Mark Leiter, Jr., recently designated for assignment in order to add Jose Bautista to the 40-man roster, was claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays.  In two seasons with the Phillies, Leiter appeared in 39 games and made 11 starts.  He departs with a 3-7 record and a 5.03 ERA over 107 1/3 innings.

2018 Topps #573
Leiter, Jr. Complete Chachi Checklist
2017 Chachi #37
2017 Chachi Phillies Phestival #18
2017 Chachi In Action #4
2018 Chachi #37

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.
Luis Avilan (8/22/18) - Acquired from the Chicago White Sox for Felix Paulino.
Jose Bautista (8/28/18) - Acquired from the New York Mets for a player to be named later or cash.

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.
Jake Thompson (8/14/18) - Traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash considerations.
Mark Leiter, Jr. (9/1/18) - Claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays.

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