Game 14 - Thursday Night, August 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 5-9, 5th Place, 4 games behind the Marlins
One Sentence Summary: Alec Bohm made his highly anticipated debut, but the Phillies bullpen let another game get away in this 11-4 loss.
What It Means: The Orioles easily swept the three-game series and the Mets come into town next for a three-game weekend series.
What Happened: Former Phillies top pitching prospect Thomas Eshelman held the Phillies offense to two runs on four hits over five innings. J.T. Realmuto hit two more home runs and Bryce Harper had two more hits as those two continue to carry the entire Phillies line-up. Bohm doubled off Eshelman in his first big league at-bat.
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Featured Card: Bohm's arrival was big news, but the even bigger Phillies news was the announcement that Dick Allen's #15 would be retired by the club on September 3rd, the 53rd anniversary of his debut. Allen will hopefully be inducted into the Hall of Fame this December, but the announcement reverses course on the Phillies prior policy of only retiring the numbers of Hall of Famers. This is seen as opening up the possibility we could see retirements for #6 (Ryan Howard), #11 (Jimmy Rollins) and #26 (Chase Utley) all of which have been iced by the team and not assigned to anyone since those three legends left the club.
Transaction: If nothing else, the Phillies have attempted to stay active with their transactions. Bohm (3b) was recalled and Adam Haseley (of) was placed on the injured list with a wrist injury. Edgar Garcia (rhp) became the latest to be designated for assignment as his 40-man roster spot was needed for Bohm. Also, JD Hammer (rhp) was added to the 60-man Player Pool and reported to Lehigh Valley. By my very unofficial tally, the Phillies have used 54 spots of their available 60 spots, and I'm not counting David Robertson (rhp) and Seranthony Dominguez (rhp) who are both on the 60-day injured list.
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