Sunday, June 16, 2019

Game 70 - 2019 Topps #331 Cesar Hernandez

Phillies 6Braves 5
Game 70 - Friday Night, June 15th in Atlanta
Record - 39-31, 2nd place, 1 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  In a much needed win, Cesar Hernandez came through with a clutch two-run single in the ninth to send the Phillies to a 6-5 victory.

What It Means:  The Phillies would try to go for the series win on Sunday afternoon.  (Spoiler alert:  It didn't go well.)

What Happened:  The Braves took a 5-4 lead in the fifth on a three-run home from Josh Donaldson that chased Aaron Nola from the game.  Nola's struggles continue, and he lasted only 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits.  In the ninth, Scott Kingery started the rally with a single and Sean Rodriguez laid down a nice sacrifice bunt that was thrown into right field by pitcher Luke Jackson.  With Kingery at third and Rodriguez at second, Hernandez delivered his big hit.

Hector Neris redeemed himself with a scoreless ninth inning, recording his 15th save.

Featured Card:  Hernandez also hit his 7th home run in the fourth to give the Phillies, at the time, a 4-2 lead.

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