Monday, June 5, 2023

Game 59 - Schwarbs, Ellis, Ranger Star in Drubbing of D.C.

2023 Topps Heritage #174
Phillies 11
, Nationals 3
Game 59 - Sunday Afternoon, June 4th in Washington
Record - 27-32, 4th Place, 8 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  A gutsy performance from Ranger Suarez and a power display from Drew Ellis and Kyle Schwarber led to this 11-3 win over the Nationals.

What It Means:  The win meant a series win over the Nationals, and the Phillies will now head home for six games against the Tigers and Dodgers, beginning Monday night.

What Happened:  With the bullpen largely out of commission due to Saturday's bullpen game, the Phillies needed Suarez to go deep into this game.  He ended up going seven strong innings, allowing a run on eight hits while striking out three on 101 pitches.  

The Phillies offense was relatively quiet during the first part of this game, scoring their first run in the second on J.T. Realmuto's solo home run and adding a run in the fifth on Ellis' first home run of the game.  It was Ellis' first home run with the Phillies, and his second career home run.  They'd then pile on three runs in each of the sixth, seventh and ninth innings.  Six runs came courtesy of Schwarber's two, three-run home runs in the sixth and ninth.  Ellis would later hit his second home run, a two-run blast in the seventh.

Featured Card:  I'll start working my way through the Topps Heritage Phillies team set, and here's Schwarber's card.  I do think Topps attempts to use new and unique photos for this set in an effort to mimic the original odd angles used for photos in its 1974 set.

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