Sunday, May 16, 2021

Game 40 - 1989 Donruss #430 Bob Dernier

Blue Jays 4
, Phillies 0
Game 40 - Saturday Night, May 15th in Dunedin
Record - 21-19, 2nd Place, 1/2 game behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies couldn't hit or field in this 4-0 loss to the Blue Jays, and both Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto exited the game early with injuries.

What It Means:  The Phillies are 13-12 in games started by Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler or Zach Eflin and they're 8-7 in games started by Chase Anderson, Matt Moore or Vince Velasquez.  That second record is somewhat acceptable, but the first record is not, especially for a team that hopes to contend.

What Happened:  Harper departed with a sore shoulder and Realmuto left with soreness in his catching hand.  Not great.  Nola battled through 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out eight.  The Phillies offense had six hits and went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.  All three infielders (Nick Maton, Alec Bohm and Jean Segura) committed errors, and the scorekeeper should have given Bohm a second error on a ball that rolled under his glove but was scored a hit.

Featured Card:  On a happier May 15th, 32 years ago, Bob Dernier delivered a dramatic, game-winning, inside the park home run against the Giants, giving the Phillies a 3-2 win.  Here's video of Harry Kalas making the call for Dernier's mad dash around the bases:

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