Saturday, September 24, 2022

Game 150 - Nola, Hoskins Lead the Way to Easy Win

2022 Topps
1987 Topps Baseball #87TB-24
Phillies 9
, Braves 1
Game 150 - Friday Night, September 23rd in Philadelphia
Record - 83-67, 3rd Place, 12 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The two longest tenured Phillies, Aaron Nola and Rhys Hoskins, led the Phillies over the Braves in this 9-1 victory.

What It Means:  The magic number to clinch a Wild Card spot is down to 9.  With the Phillies now a half game up over the Padres, they'd head to St. Louis for a three game series if the season were to end today.

What Happened:  Nola threw six shutout innings, striking out eight and allowing only four hits.  The offense provided him plenty of cushion, scoring four runs in the second and another four runs in the fourth.  Hoskins was in the middle of both big innings, hitting a two-run double in the second to make it 4-0, and then clubbing a two-run home run in the fourth to make it 6-0.

Featured Card:  Having made his debut with the Phillies in August 2017, and endured a few really lean years with the club, I'm going to be thrilled for Hoskins when the postseason draught ends.  This is his 1987 Topps inspired insert card from Series Two of the Topps flagship release.

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