Broadway Show: J-Roll, Lee

J-Roll and Cliff are stepping up as the Phillies cling to postseason hopes.

Cliff is 4-0 in his last 5 starts after winning on Monday night.  He is really on his game, pounding the strike zone.  Of 111 pitches, 32 were balls.  In last 70.2 innings, he’s walked four.

From Elias: Cliff has pitched at least six innings and not issued more than one walk in each of his last 14 starts, including Monday, when he walked one batter in eight innings against the Mets. That ties Lee for the longest single-season streak of that kind in modern (since 1900) major-league history. Christy Mathewson (1908) and Greg Maddux (1997) also made 14 straight starts in which they went six or more innings and didn’t walk more than one batter.

J-Roll has hit safely in 20 of his last 22 games and reached base in 21.  The streak includes six homers, 11 RBI and 13 runs.  He’s going to be the first shortstop to lead the Phillies in homers and RBI in a season.  On top of his offense, he has the highest fielding percentage among NL shortstops.  Folks, we’re witnessing one of the greatest players in Phillies history.

Comment Corner

A point was made by George that the Phillies need to do something about Howard’s fielding skills.

Yes, he’s struggling in the field, especially scooping balls in the dirt.  Not sure his fielding has been responsible for three losses, though.

Not being a doctor, athletic trainer, physical therapist or a spokesman for the team, he doesn’t appear to be moving well.  That’s just me.  His left leg has gone through a bad ankle sprain (2010) and the Achilles tear (2011).  He had no spring training, missed the first 62 games and is trying to catch up to the speed of the big leagues.

At bat, he’s currently struggling, too. Yet he leads the club with six RBI on this trip of five games so far.  Past Septembers have been his month.  But, this is a different September and season as we all know.

Down On The Farm

Baseball America has released its postseason All-Star teams:

**Minor League Team: second team, 1B Darin Ruf and LHP Adam Morgan.

**AA Team: DH Ruf.

**High A Team: Morgan.

**Short Season Team: SS Roman Quinn.


September 18, 1903, 2nd game: RHP Chick Fraser throws the Phillies first no-hitter of the century, 10-0, at Chicago. For loser RHP George (Peaches) Graham, it is his only big league appearance.

September 18, 1952: RHP Robin Roberts defeats the New York Giants, 7-4, at the Polo Grounds improving his record to 28-7, most victories in the majors since 1935.  “Robbie” led the NL in complete games (30) and innings pitched (330), but finished second in the MVP voting to OF Hank Sauer, 37 homers, 121 RBI for the fifth-place Chicago Cubs, who finished 10 games behind the Phillies.

September 18, 1963: LHP Chris Short (8-11) wins the final game played at Polo Grounds, a 5-1 complete game.  New York Giants RF Jim Hickman hits the last home run.  Attendance is 1,752.

September 18, 1971: RHP Rick Wise sets a club record by retiring 32 consecutive batters in a 4-3, 12-inning complete game win over Chicago at the Vet.  Wise wins own game with a single.  His line: 12 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.

September 18, 1993: 2B Mariano Duncan belts his second grand slam homer of the season as the Phillies clinch the NL East crown with a 10-7 victory at Pittsburgh.  Slam is the Phillies eighth, a new club record for a single season. for Alumni news, notes, features and photos.


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