Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Game 18 - 2020 Topps Throwback Thursday #98 Bryce Harper

Phillies 13Red Sox 6
Game 18 - Tuesday Night, August 18th in Boston
Record - 9-9, 3rd Place, 1 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The offense pounded out 16 hits in this 13-6 rout of the Red Sox.

What It Means:  The Phillies now have the best offense in the National League through 18 games and it looks as if their line-up is finally getting going.  Bryce Harper leads the majors with a .486 on-base percentage and he's second with an 1.186 OPS.

What Happened:  The entire starting line-up, save Scott Kingery, had hits in this game.  The Red Sox held a 3-0 lead after three innings, and the Phillies started chipping away with a Jay Bruce RBI single in the fourth and a Rhys Hoskins solo home run, his first of the season, in the fifth.  They piled on seven runs in the sixth with an RBI double from pinch-hitter Phil Gosselin starting the scoring and a three-run home run from Harper putting an exclamation point on the inning.  Gosselin would homer in the seventh and Bruce made it a laugher with a three-run home run in the eighth.

Zach Eflin lasted only four innings, but the bullpen was actually effective for the Phillies.  Blake Parker got the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

Featured Card:  I almost went with Bruce here, but I have a glut of cool Harper cards in my slim 2020 Phillies binder, so he gets the nod.  This card uses the design of the 1978-79 Topps Hockey cards and was available online from Topps as part of their ongoing Throwback Thursday series.

Transaction:  Edgar Garcia (rhp) was traded to the Rays for a player to be named later, ending the young pitcher's six-plus years within the Phillies organization.  His 40-man roster spot was needed last week with the addition of Alec Bohm to the active roster.  Feeling better and cleared to play, Roman Quinn (of) was activated from the injured list and JoJo Romero (lhp) was optioned back to Lehigh Valley.  Romero was active for three games, but didn't see any game action.

Finally, and for the record, Andrew Knapp has assumed uniform #5 after wearing #7 for four games.  He originally swapped from #15 on August 13th when the club announced it would be retiring Dick Allen's number, and then he swapped again when #5 became available with the recent departure of Nick Williams.

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