Rookies & J-Roll

A painful walk-off loss, the Phillies 11th, on Sunday night in Atlanta was followed by a day game in Cincinnati on Monday against the leading Cy Young Award candidate who was 11-0 in day games. Rookie Tyler Cloyd would be making his second big league start.

Odds were in Cincinnati’s favor but that’s why the games are played.  Cloyd, along with fellow rookies DeFratus and Aumont bested the Reds, 4-2.  Cueto had allowed just five home runs at home this season and the Phillies got to him for two, a three-run job by J-Roll and solo from Mayberry.

Lerud, catching his second major league game, got his second major league hit with two out in the 5th inning. Cloyd followed with his first hit and J-Roll drove one into the right field seats, his 1,999th career hit. Just think, Lerud and Cloyd are only 1,996 hits behind Jimmy.

Just think, winning five of those 11 walk-off losses would have painted a rosier picture in the wildcard race.  But, would have doesn’t count in the standings.  Two more games in Cincinnati and then 13 against four teams with losing records.  Mathematically, there’s still hope.  The percentages are against the Phillies but that’s why they play the games.  Just like Sunday.

2000-Hit Club

J-Roll’s next hit puts him in an exclusive 2,000-hit club with the Phillies.  Only three of the 1,909 who have worn a Phillies uniform have reached that level: Mike Schmidt (2,234), Richie Ashburn (2,217) and Ed Delahanty (2,207).  All are Hall of Famers.

Schmidt’s 2,000th hit came on a home run, June 14, 1987, off Curt Brown in Montreal.  Ashburn’s was a single, August 15, 1958, off Carlton Willey in Milwaukee.  Delahanty played from 1888-89; 1891-1901. Day-by-day records are not available from his era.

Down On The Farm

Lehigh Valley, eliminated from postseason play on Saturday night, was rained out in the season finale on Sunday.  IronPigs

Reading advanced to the Eastern League playoffs with a 7-3 win at Portland on Sunday.  The R-Phillies finished second, 1 game ahead of New Britain who won its sixth straight game but fell short.  (First and second place winners in each division qualify for the postseason). Best-of-5 series vs. 1st-place Trenton starts on Wednesday at Reading.  R-Phillies won season series, 7-6. Winner advances to the best-of-5 championship round.

Clearwater’s season ended Sunday.  The Threshers finished in 2nd place, 1 game out of first place in the second half.  First and second half winners reach the playoffs.  Final home game on Saturday drew 7,054 and pushed Clearwater’s final total to a record 177,297.

Lakewood ended its season on Monday with a 3-2, 10-inning loss to Greensboro. RF Kelly Dugan was 3-3 and finished at .300.

Darin Ruf Update

Finished the season with a .317 average and led the league in 38 homers and 104 RBI.  Fell short of the Triple Crown as Altoona’s Brock Holt won the batting title, .322.

Ruf hit .371 in August with 20 homers and 36 RBI in 31 games. His 20 homers tied pro baseball’s record for one month, set by Sammy Sosa in June of 1998.

Trivia Time

Who holds the Phillies big league record for homers in a month?

Klein, Schmidt, Thome, Howard?

Try Cy Williams, 15, in May 1923 and matched by Jim Thome in June 2004.


September 4, 1962: Phillies lose at Houston, 4-1, after winning the first 17 games of the season against the Colt 45s.

September 4, 1970: Game in Pittsburgh is suspended with Pirates leading, 4-1, after six innings when the automatic tarpaulin gets stuck while trying to cover the field during rain.  Game resumed next day with a Phillies rally falling short, 4-3.

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