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Opening Day #OD-487
Game 32 - Wednesday Night, September 2nd in Philadelphia
Record - 17-15, 2nd Place, 3 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Zack Wheeler and two relievers combined to shutout the Nationals for the second night in a row as the Phillies won, 3-0.
What It Means: The Phillies have sole possession of second place in the East and they'll go for a rare four-game sweep against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon.
What Happened: Wheeler improved to 4-0 with 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing three hits while striking out six. David Phelps was perfect in his Phillies debut, recording four outs, and Brandon Workman made it interesting again but retired the Nationals in the ninth to earn his fourth Phillies save.
Featured Card: Wheeler would normally get the card here, but I'm not sure how many other chances I'll have to feature a Neil Walker card, so I'm taking the chance now. Walker was starting at first base for Rhys Hoskins who was red out but in need of a night off, especially given his history against Nationals' starting pitcher Max Scherzer. Walker singled home the Phillies first two runs in the fourth and finished the night 3 for 3.
Topps continued its Topps Now Road to Opening Day offering this summer with a Summer Camp extension available in a few waves. Walker was a surprise addition to the set, and I'm grateful for his inclusion as this could be his one and only Phillies baseball card.
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