Friday, May 17, 2019
Game 43 - Phils Lose; Bold Prediction Made for J.T. Realmuto
Brewers 11, Phillies 3
Game 43 - Thursday Afternoon, May 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 24-19, 1st place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Braves
One Sentence Summary: No Phillies pitcher was safe in this 11-3 decisive win by the Brewers.
What It Means: The Phillies lost a series, their first series loss since late April against the Mets, and they'll try to regain their winning ways with a three-game weekend set against the Rockies at home.
What Happened: Zach Eflin (5-4) gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. Four relievers then combined to allow seven more runs over the remaining four innings. Other than a Jean Segura home run (4) in the first inning, Brewers starter Zach Davies had an easy outing. The offense had just three more hits after Segura's homer.
Featured Card: After this dismantling by the Brewers, J.T. Realmuto spent his off night signing autographs in Havertown at Carl's Cards & Collectibles. (Scott Kingery was originally slated to appear as well, but his rehab assignment in Reading preempted his appearance.) Doug and I made the trip west and stood in an impressively long line to get our Realmuto autographs.
I had his first Phillies team-issued photo card signed while Doug opted to get his signature on a ball previously autographed by Carlos Ruiz. I told Realmuto that was my son's ball for recent Phillies World Series catchers and the current Phillies catcher gave a slight smile. "No pressure," I added. He was kind enough to pose for a quick picture with Doug, and Doug's new Ruiz/Realmuto signed baseball now shares the top spot in his autographed ball collection with his Mike Trout signed baseball.