Saturday, September 5, 2020

Game 34 - 2020 Topps Total #18 Jake Arrieta

Phillies 5Mets 3
Game 34 - Friday Night, September 4th in Flushing
Record - 19-15, 2nd Place, 2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Jake Arrieta rebounded to throw seven strong innings and the Phillies played some small ball to defeat the Mets, 5-3.

What It Means:  The Phillies stayed hot, winning their 5th in a row and their 10th game out of their last 11.

What Happened:  Arrieta was atrocious in his last start, but in this game he battled through 7 innings, scattering 7 hits and allowing a pair of runs while striking out 7.  Hector Neris struggled before the bullpen duo of Tommy Hunter and Brandon Workman recorded the final five outs needed for the win.  Workman earned his fifth Phillies save.

The struggling Bryce Harper was given the day off and Phil Gosselin made his first ever start in right field.  He rewarded manager Joe Girardi's decision by doubling with two-out in the 7th off Jared Hughes and scoring on Roman Quinn's RBI single to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead.

Featured Card:  Arrieta has been maddeningly inconsistent throughout his tenure with the club, but when he's good, as he was in this game, it serves as a reminder that he's still a pretty good option as a middle of the rotation starting pitcher.  Hopefully he's got a few more outings like this left in the tank for the rest of 2020.

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