Monday, May 20, 2019

Game 46 - 2019 Topps Big League Blast Off! #BO-15 Bryce Harper

Phillies 7Rockies 5
Game 46 - Sunday Afternoon, May 19th in Philadelphia
Record - 27-19, 1st place, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Home runs from J.T. Realmuto and Bryce Harper in the decisive sixth inning sealed this victory for the Phillies and swept the Rockies out of town.

What It Means:  The series sweep was a nice rebound from the disappointing Brewers series.  The Phillies now fly to Chicago for a four-game set against the first place Cubs.

What Happened:  Trailing 5-3 heading to the bottom of the sixth, Realmuto tied the game with a two-run, pinch-hit home run (5) and then Harper broke the tie with a two-run shot (9) of his own.  Edgar Garcia, who had thrown three pitches to end to the top of the sixth, earned the win.  Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Featured Card:  Harper's three RBI day and his blast into the bullpen earns him the featured card.  This is an appropriately named insert card from the just released Topps Big League set.

Field Report:  We attended this game as part of our church's annual Phillies outing, and we couldn't have asked for a better day.  From the pre-game tailgating in Lot K and the great company to the occasional breezes up in Section 243 above Harry the K's, it was a fantastic time.

Transactions:  Scott Kingery was activated from the Injured List and immediately inserted into the starting line-up for his first career start in center field.  Somewhat surprisingly, Nick Williams was sent down to Lehigh Valley.  Williams needs at bats.  In 38 games this season, he's hitting .180 (11 for 61) with a home run and four RBIs.

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