Saturday, June 22, 2019

Game 73 - 2019 Topps Big League #372 N.L. WHIP Leaders

Nationals 2Phillies 0 (Game 2)
Game 73 - Wednesday Night, June 19th in Washington
Record - 39-34, 2nd place, 4 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  A pair of Nationals solo home runs was all Max Scherzer needed as the Phillies were easily handled by the ace in this 2-0 loss.

What It Means:  It's not going well.

What Happened:  Jake Arrieta pitched well, but Scherzer pitched better.  Arrieta went six innings allowing a home run to Brian Dozier.  Pat Neshek made his first appearance since coming off the injured list, allowed an eighth inning home run to Victor Robles.  Neshek then departed with a hamstring injury.

Featured Card:  The Phillies managed four hits off Scherzer, who was pitching with a black eye and a broken nose after he had bunted a ball off his face in a Tuesday pre-game exercise.  Scherzer and Aaron Nola share a trio of league leaders cards in the Topps Big League set, and it doesn't look as if they'll repeat the pairing in 2020 Topps releases.

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