New Day, New Heroes

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss
Utley, 2b
Werth, rf
Howard, 1b
Burrell, lf
Victorino, cf
Feliz, 3b
Ruiz, c
Hamels, p

New Day, New Heroes
Series got off to a good start last night with a win over the Braves, moving us closer to “There is only one October.”  As has been the case recently, there were new heroes:

**J. A. did a great job in his second start.  He showed the poise of a veteran.

**Golson was a September roster addition because of his speed and defensive skills.  The speed paid off last night when he went first-to-third on a wild pick-off throw as a pinch runner.  When Werth grounded to third, Golson broke on contact and beat the throw home to put us up 3-2.

**Pat capped the inning and sealed the victory with his 251st career homer.

**The bullpen did the job again, this time Rudy, Scott and Mad Dog.  Scott is 3-0 since joining the Phillies.  He’s picked up 3 wins throwing 12 pitches. That’s incredible!

Emotional Night
Scoreboard watching was in order last night for the 36,000-plus fans. The place erupted when the Cubs went ahead of the Mets, 6-2. 

Happ got a standing-O from the towel-waiving throng and Pat got a curtain call following his crushing homer.  Pat acknowledged the fan enthusiasm in his post-game remarks.

The atmosphere duplicated the final week of last season.

BIG Error
Phillie Phanatic blew it last night.  Chase hit a foul ball into the third base stands in the third inning and the Phanatic dropped it.  Official scoring on the play: E-Phanatic.

In Town
The New York Post and New York Times had reporters at the game.  The Timers writer is doing a story on Howard as an MVP candidate.

National TV
FOX has chosen Saturday’s game with the Marlins for a national telecast, meaning the game will be changed from 7:05 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.  Phillies fans around the country will be able to see their favorite team.

This Date
In Phillies history….
Historic notes may not be of interest to the mass audience but here’s one that bears mentioning:
9/23/16: RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 7-3 and 4-0 complete game wins in doubleheader vs. Cincinnati at Baker Bowl.  He walked one in setting a club record with his 16th shutout.  Wonder how many pitches Alexander threw.

It is amazing that a pitcher can throw complete games in a doubleheader.  What is even more amazing, the first game took 1 hour, 29 minutes, the second, 1:07.


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