Today’s new additions to the 2017 Topps Now Baseball checklist honor some some great debuts (Miguel Andujar and Jae-Gyun Hwang), stunning defense (Scott Schebler), an unconventional game winner (Ben Revere), and a visit to the White House.
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Card #305 – Jae-gyun Hwang has 1st hit with a go-ahead home run
The San Francisco Giants were able to secure their first series sweep of the 2017 season on Wednesday with a 5-3 deafest over the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies struck first with two runs in the top of the first but the Giants were finally able to strike against Kyle Freeland in the bottom of the 4th to take a 3-2 lead.
The Rockies would tie the game at 3 in the 6th but it wouldn’t last long as the recently called-up third baseman, Jae-gyun Hwang would blast a 2-0 pitch to left, giving the Giants a lead they would not relinquish. This was the first big league hit for the 29 year old from South Korea and he would end his day with a .250/.250.1.000 batting line.
Card #306 – Scott Schebler with a remarkable catch to steal a home run
While the Giants make today’s checklist with home runs, the Reds make the list for stealing them. With two men on base in the top of the 2nd inning, newly acquired catcher, Stephen Vogt, hit a flyball to right but Scott Schebler was not going to let it leave the yard and, making a catch that is in contention for play of the year, turned a three run homer into a one run sac-fly. The Reds would go on to beat the Brewers by one run.
Card #307 – Miguel Andujar becomes first Yankee with 3 hits and 4 RBI in debut
The Yankees are in dire need of a rookie who can excite the fanbase and they may have found it in the 22 year old DH, Miguel Andujar. In his first game with the Yankees, he went 3 for 4 with three hits (including a double), a walk, and a stolen base. Along the way he brought in four and became the first Yankee to have 3 hits and 4 RBI in his debut.
His line by the end of the day was .750/.800/1.000 and his contribution helped the Yankees defeat the White Sox 12-3 and tie the team for first place in their division.
Card #308 – Chicago Cubs visit the White House
The Chicago Cubs, currently in second place in their division and at an even .500 W/L, made a trip to the oval office for their second executive tour with a World Series Trophy. Having missed the chance to meet several presidents in the past, the team seems to be making up for it this year.
The Cubs’ previous trip to the White House, to visit former President Obama, was documented in the 2016 Topps Now MLB series as cards #OS-43, #OS-44, and #OS-45. Those cards sold 1,200, 1,238, and 1,301 cards respectively.
Card #309 – Ben Revere Scores Game Winning Run on Dropped 3rd Strike
You dont’ see it every day but it’s part of what makes baseball the greatest sport of all. Facing off against the seemingly unstoppable Dodgers (52-28), the Angels entered their final frame tied at 2. With one out on the board, Ben Revere reached first base on an error (E6). He then took second on a wild pitch and, with a 2-2 count on Cameron Maybin, was able to score on a swinging strikeout/passed ball.
It isn’t pretty but it’s still beautiful. The run wasn’t earned and didn’t count as an RBI for Maybin. In fact, Revere didn’t take a single base on a ball in play.
- 305 – Jae-Gyun Hwang (Giants)
- 306 – Scott Schebler (Reds)
- 307 – Miguel Andujar (Yankees)
- 308 – Chicago Cubs (Cubs)
- 309 – Ben Revere (Angels)
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