Monday, August 17, 2020

Game 17 - 2020 Topps Big League #195 Andrew McCutchen

Phillies 6Mets 2
Game 17 - Sunday Afternoon, August 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 8-9, 3rd Place, 2 games behind the Braves and Marlins

One Sentence Summary:  Zack Wheeler turned in another solid performance and Andrew McCutchen's first home run of the year gave the Phillies the lead for good in this 6-2 win.

What It Means:  The win completed the series sweep against the Mets, and it was nice to bounce back after getting swept by the Orioles.  The Phillies now head out on the road for the first time since August 3rd, with games against the Red Sox, Blue Jays (in Buffalo) and Braves beginning on Tuesday night.

What Happened:  Wheeler improved his record to 3-0, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits over 7 innings.  The bullpen duo of Adam Morgan and Hector Neris recorded the final six outs of the game, lowering the team's bullpen ERA in the process.  A first inning RBI single from Rhys Hoskins and an RBI double from Alec Bohm in the sixth tied the score at 2-2.  With Bohm on board, McCutchen hit an absolute bomb to left to un-tie the score.  J.T. Realmuto and Didi Gregorius added a few insurance runs with RBI hits in the seventh.

Featured Card:  McCutchen had emerged as one of my favorite Phillies players early last season, and he's picked up where he's left off following his recovery from his brutal knee injury.  This was the first home run for McCutchen since May 31, 2019.

Transaction:  Roman Quinn (of) was placed on the injured list prior to the game as Quinn wasn't feeling well Sunday morning.  In an abundance of caution, he'll be staying away from the rest of the team and he'll go through all the required COVID-19 protocols before he's cleared to return.  Kyle Garlick (of) was recalled from Lehigh Valley.

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1 comment:

Shlabotnik Report said...

...And Wheeler doing me dirty in the third game. (*sigh*)