Friday, August 21, 2020

Game 20 - Trouble in Buffalo

2010 Hero Decks Phillies #2C
Blue Jays 3Phillies 2 (Game 1 - 7 Innings)
Game 20 - Thursday Afternoon, August 20th in Buffalo
Record - 9-11

One Sentence Summary:  The bullpen let another game slip away as the Blue Jays walked off with a 3-2 win.

What It Means:  The last time the Phillies played a game in Buffalo was 1885, and hopefully it's another 135 years before they return.

What Happened:  The Phillies took a quick 2-0 lead after three innings when Bryce Harper homered in the first and Andrew McCutchen drove home Roman Quinn in the third with a single to center.  Spencer Howard was pulled after only 3 2/3 innings, having allowed a run on five hits.  In the fifth, Jose Alvarez had to be carted off the field when a 105-mph line drive from Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. smoked him in his groin.  It was all downhill from there.

Tommy Hunter allowed the Blue Jays to tie the score when Cavan Biggio doubled home Billy McKinney in the sixth.  Deolis Guerra was on the mound in the seventh, and with an assist from a ccostly Quinn error, the winning run scored when Gurriel singled home Teoscar Hernandez.

Featured Card:  Harper's home run was the first home run hit by a Phillies player in Buffalo since Jack Clements homered in the second game of a double header on July 4, 1885 against the Buffalo Bisons.  (Source - Kenny Ayres Tweet.)

Transaction:  Prior to the game, JoJo Romero (lhp) was added as the 29th man for the double header.  Kyle Garlick (of) and Ramon Rosso (rhp) were optioned to Lehigh Valley, Cole Irvin (lhp) was recalled from Lehigh Valley and Reggie McClain (rhp) was activated from the injured list.

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