Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Game 99 - 2021 Topps Opening Day Walk This Way #WW-12 Andrew McCutchen

Phillies 6
, Nationals 5
Game 99 - Monday Night, July 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 50-49, 2nd Place, 3 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Andrew McCutchen hit a dramatic, three-run walk-off home run to give the Phillies a much-needed 6-5 win over the Nationals.

What It Means:  Win of the season?

What Happened:  Spencer Howard started this game, was cruising through three innings and then abruptly imploded in the fourth with two outs.  Howard surrendered back-to-back triples followed by a single and manager Joe Girardi had seen enough.  Howard left with a blister and his final line shows 3 2/3 innings pitched, with four runs allowed on six hits.  The Phillies offense was once again suffering from a lack of clutch hitting when Rhys Hoskins delivered a three-run home run in the sixth to bring the Phillies to within a run.  Archie Bradley allowed a ninth inning run to make it 5-3 Nationals and it appeared as if the Phillies would go quietly into the night.

Jean Segura led off the bottom of the ninth with a double, went to third on a wild pitch and Bryce Harper walked.  McCutchen then launched his 18th home run of the year, an opposite field shot, to give the Phillies a jubilant win.

Featured Card:  This is one of the rarer inserts from this year's Opening Day set, and I thought it would be an appropriate card to feature for McCutchen's big game.

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