Thursday, September 23, 2021

Game 151 - Phils Still Have a Heartbeat

2021 Topps 1986 Topps Chrome
Baseball Silver Pack Promo #86TC-19
Phillies 3
, Orioles 2 (10 Innings)
Game 151 - Tuesday Night, September 21st in Philadelphia
Record - 77-74, 2nd Place, 3 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies barely squeaked by the Orioles, winning in the 10th inning on two-run triple from J.T. Realmuto.

What It Means:  So you're saying there's a chance?

What Happened:  Adonis Medina started for the Phillies, becoming the 16th different pitcher to make a start for the club, tying the franchise record for second most starting pitchers used in a season.  The 1946 Phillies, per this Matt Gelb Tweet, used 19 starting pitchers.  Medina pitched well, allowing a run on four his over 3 2/3 innings pitched.  The Phillies tied the game in the sixth when Andrew McCutchen doubled home Realmuto.  Despite the ultimate outcome, it was another frustrating night for the Phillies offense as they went 2 for 15 with runners in scoring position, stranding nine runners.

The Orioles took a 2-1 lead in the 10th, when Austin Hays doubled home ghost runner Kelvin Gutierrez.  But the Phillies came back in the bottom half of the inning.  With two outs and Ronald Torreyes at second, the Orioles intentionally walked Bryce Harper to get to Realmuto.  Realmuto tripled to right, scoring Torreyes to tie the game and Harper, with a fantastic slide, scored the winning run.

Featured Card:  Realmuto gets the card here for his game-winning heroics.  There's a lot going on here on this super shiny and ridiculously named Topps Chrome card.

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