Sunday, June 23, 2024

Game 76 - Phils Unload on D-Backs, Wheeler Pitches a Gem

2024 Topps 1989 Topps
Baseball 35th Anniversary
All-Stars #89ASB-40
Phillies 12
Diamondbacks 1
Game 76 - Saturday Afternoon, June 22nd in Philadelphia
Record - 50-26, 1st Place, 7 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies unloaded for four home runs to support Zack Wheeler's latest stellar outing in this 12-1 win.

What It Means:  The Phillies are the first team in the National League with 50 wins and only the Yankees, with 52 wins, have more in the majors.

What Happened:  Wheeler didn't need the run support, as he pitched seven innings, allowing a run on two hits while striking out eight.  He notched his ninth win of the season.  Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, Nick Castellanos and David Dahl all homered.  Castellanos had five RBIs in this game, including his two-run home run in the fifth and a two-run single in the sixth.  Dahl hit his home run in the eighth off catcher Tucker Barnhart.

Featured Card:  My Topps Series Two Phillies master team set arrived in the mail on Saturday, and this is one of the many Harper inserts featured.  Topps continues its season-long tribute to the 1989 Topps set and they've given this card an unnecessarily long name and number.  I would have gone with just 2024 Topps '89 All-Star Tribute #40, but that's me.

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