Saturday, April 10, 2021

Game 7 - 1975 Topps #319 Johnny Oates

Braves 8
, Phillies 1
Game 7 - Friday Night, April 9th in Atlanta
Record - 5-2, 1st Place, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Not much went right for the Phillies in this 8-1 loss against the Braves in the Atlanta home opener.

What It Means:  In front of about 14,000 mostly maskless fans, which I just don't understand, Zack Wheeler and the Phillies had a bad night.

What Happened:  Wheeler was struggling, but he was prematurely pulled in the fifth inning when manager Joe Girardi forgot he was about to visit the mound for the second time.  Wheeler's final line wasn't great - 4 2/3 innings, seven hits, three runs, four walks, four strikeouts and a very big two-run home run to Ronald Acuna, Jr.  Brandon Kintzler allowed a three-run home run to pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza in the sixth, with Freddie Freeman homering for good measure in the eighth off David Hale.

Andrew McCutchen drove in the only Phillies run with a single to right in the third, and the team had only six hits overall against Braves starter Charlie Morton and three relievers.

Featured Card:  The only positive for me as a baseball fan was seeing the Braves wear their 1974-era throwbacks in honor of the late Hank Aaron.  Former Brave and Phillie Johnny Oates is wearing the uniform the Braves wore last night on his 1975 Topps card.

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