Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Game 91 - Turner, Phils Slam Dodgers as Harper, Schwarber Return

2023 Topps Chrome Platinum
Anniversary #315
Phillies 10
Dodgers 1
Game 91 - Tuesday Night, July 9th in Philadelphia
Record - 59-32, 1st Place, 7 1/2 games ahead of the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Trea Turner stayed red hot, smashing a fourth inning grand slam, as the Phillies made it look easy against the first place Dodgers.

What It Means:  They'll try to keep it going tonight with All-Star snub Cristopher Sanchez on the mound for the Phillies.

What Happened:  Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber returned from the injured list sooner than expected, with Schwarber providing a two-run single in the second inning.  Rafael Marchan connected for three hits and raised his season average to an impressive .313.  Bryson Stott and Brandon Marsh added solo home runs in the hit barrage against Dodgers' pitching.

Zack Wheeler earned the win, but left the game after five innings as a precaution with back tightness.  Wheeler, Aaron Nola and Ranger Suarez become the first pitching trio in franchise history to each have 10 wins before the All-Star break.  Wheeler struck out seven in his abbreviated outing.

Featured Card:  I'm happy to continue to feature Turner cards, and in 19 games since his return from the injured list he's batting .342 with four doubles, six home runs and 18 RBIs.  In the 33 games before he was injured, Turner batted .343 with ten doubles, a pair of home runs and nine RBIs.

Transaction:  Harper (1b) and Schwarber (dh) were activated from the injured list.  Kody Clemens (1b) was sent back down to Lehigh Valley and David Dahl (of) was designated for assignment.  The hope is that Dahl passes through waivers and goes back to the IronPigs.

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