Saturday, April 17, 2021

Game 13 - 2020 Topps Now #171 Jackie Robinson Salute

Phillies 9
, Cardinals 2
Game 13 - Friday Night, April 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 7-6, 2nd Place, 1/2 game behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The offense came to life and Zach Eflin was fantastic in this 9-2 series opening win against the Cardinals.

What It Means:  The game's easy, Harry.  When you get pitching, good fielding and score a few.

What Happened:  Nine straight Phillies reached in the second, giving the team a much-needed crooked numbers inning.  The big hits in the inning were Jean Segura's wind-aided RBI double, Andrew McCutchen's two-run single and Bryce Harper's two-run double.  Also contributing was questionable Cardinals defense, an intentional walk to Mickey Moniak and two hit batters, including Eflin getting grazed on his pants zipper with the bases loaded.  The line-up enjoyed a nine-hit night with Segura (three hits) and McCutchen (two hits) leading the way.

Featured Card:  McCutchen gets the card here for his three-RBI night, and for busting out of his 0 for 14 slump.  He featured prominently in a pre-game video in which the Phillies dedicated a new space at the ballpark to celebrate the history of the Negro League's Philadelphia Stars.  All fans also received McCutchen Philadelphia Stars t-shirts upon entering the ballpark.  The other players featured on the card, released last year to celebrate a delayed Jackie Robinson celebration, are Mookie Betts, Dexter Fowler and Dominic Smith.

Field Report:
 We braved the cold and the drizzle to witness the Phillies' second inning offensive outburst.  After getting our four McCutchen Philadelphia Stars t-shirts we grabbed dinner and settled into our four-seat pod in Section 116 for the night.  Hot chocolates were a popular choice following the seventh inning stretch.

Transaction:  It's not necessarily an official transaction, but the team announced hitting coach Joe Dillon, third base coach Dusty Wathan and bullpen coach Dave Lundquist were not with the team due to COVID-19 safety protocols.  Paco Figueroa moved over to coach third with Bobby Meacham coaching first in this game.

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