Three games to go in DC. Can the Phillies be total spoilers? We’ll find out.
Cole capped the final weekend series with another stellar performance. He finished the season with six straight wins and wound up with 216 strikeouts in 215.1 innings. In 20 of his 31 starts, Cole worked seven or more innings.
J-Roll went over 100 runs scored for the sixth time. Only Phillies with more: Ed Delahanty and Sam Thompson (8), Mike Schmidt (6). All three are Hall of Famers.
Chooch is now tied with J-Roll for the RBI lead on the club (68). As has been mentioned, no shortstop has ever led the Phillies in RBI. Catchers, however, have led. The most recent? Lieberthal, Daulton? Nope, Benito Santiago, 85, in 1996.
For the second straight year, Ryan got hurt in his final home game. Fortunately, this year’s broken toe is not as critical as the torn Achilles tendon.
Only Cole dent Sunday were two errors, pushing the Phillies season total to 100. Last time they reached the century mark was 2006, 104. Last time they missed the postseason, 2006.
The bottom of the eighth on Saturday night may go down as the craziest half-inning of the season. In case you missed it:
Strikeout, wild pitch, runner reaches first Walk Wild pitch Walk RBI single Double play, 2-1.
Yep, the old 2-1 DP…..batter struck out; ball got away from Chooch who recovered and tossed to Bastardo who tagged the runner trying to score from third.
New Alumni Feature
With October now here and the postseason to follow very shortly, Alumni were polled for their fondest person postseason memory.
Check it out at www.phillies.com/alumni.