Monday, June 24, 2024

Game 77 - Sanchez Tames Snakes

2024 Topps Philadelphia Phillies #PHI-9
Phillies 4
Diamondbacks 1
Game 77 - Sunday Morning, June 23rd in Philadelphia
Record - 51-26, 1st Place, 7 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Cristopher Sanchez shut down the Diamondbacks for seven innings and the offense came up with a few timely hits in this 4-1 win.

What It Means:  We're experiencing an intense heat wave in the area, and I can't imagine how hot it was at the Phillies games this weekend.  The Phillies pulled off the series win and head out on the road for a quick trip to Detroit next.

What Happened:  Sanchez improved to 5-3 and dropped his ERA to 2.67 in this outing, allowing three singles while striking out four.  The Phillies scored first in the second inning when Alec Bohm doubled and Nick Castellanos singled him home.  David Dahl delivered a two-run single in the sixth, and Bryson Stott singled home Bryce Harper in the seventh for an insurance run.  Harper had doubled to start the inning.

Featured Card:  Sanchez's baseball card appearances have been rare to date, and hopefully that changes soon.  The Phillies announced on Saturday a four-year contract extension with Sanchez with club options for 2029 and 2030.  The 27-year-old has gone from potential bullpen depth to a key cog of the Phillies' starting pitching rotation over the past year.  Here's his card from the Topps Phillies retail team set, somewhat of an oddity now as Sanchez wasn't included in the Topps flagship set this year.

Transaction:  The Phillies placed Taijuan Walker (rhp) on the 15-day Injured List with right index finger inflammation and recalled Michael Mercado (rhp) from the IronPigs.  Mercado was acquired from the Rays in early November for fellow minor-league pitcher Adam Leverett.

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