Series Finale

So, winning another series comes down to the final game Thursday night against the Giants.

In the NLCS last fall, won by the Giants, there were three one-run games, all won by SF.  Tuesday night was another one.  Main difference from last night and last fall is that the game time temperature of 82 was about 40 degrees warmer than October 23.

Phillies have won their last nine series.  Three times it was W, L, W. 

More Worley Notes
He’s won five straight starts, the first Phillies rookie since Charles Hudson in 1983.  The last longest streak by a Phillie rookie was six by Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1911, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Phillies closers have combined to record 29 saves in 30 chances.  That’s pretty amazing since you consider the incumbent closer Lidge doesn’t have one.  The three that have carried the load are Madson, Bastardo and Contreras . . . Phillies went into last night’s game leading the NL in hitting this month (.273) but were held to just four hits.  Thy struck out only once . . . Phillies starting pitchers are 29-10 at Citizens Bank Park . . . SF relievers have given up just 2 runs since the All-Star break.

Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley won its fifth in a row, 4-1, over Pawtucket . . . Reading was held to four hits in losing, 3-2, to Altoona . . . Clearwater’s six-game winning streak came to an end in a 6-1 loss to Bradenton . . . Lakewood was idle . . . Williamsport dropped a 4-1 decision to Vermont . . . Gulf Coast League Phillies were 7-6 winners over the Braves.

Today In Phillies History
Russ Meyer pitched the Phillies fourth consecutive shutout, 1-0, at Chicago. The other four: Robin Roberts, 2-0, at St. Louis, July 25; Ken Johnson, 7-0, at St. Louis, July 26 and Bubba Church, 2-0, at Chicago, July 27.

Cooperstown Gallery
Pat Gillick’s oil portrait by Phillies artist Dick Perez,was added to the Phillies Hall of Famers in the Cooperstown Gallery section of the Hall of Game Club at Citizens Bank Park this morning.  Gillick is the 33rd Phillie to be recognized.

Other portraits include the Philadelphia Athletics and Native Sons from the Delaware Valley who are enshrined in Cooperstown.

One other note from the Hall of Fame weekend: Baseball Hall of Fame Museum sells post-card sized images of the Hall of Fame plaques.  In less than 24 hours, all 3,000 of Gillick’s were sold. More are being printed.

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