September 2013

Last Night for $1 Dogs

Dollar dogs on tap tonight, the start of the final homestand of the season. After tonight, the hot dogs go back in the freezer until next April.

Cliff gets the start tonight. Since the All-Star Game, he and Cole are the lone consistent starting pitchers. The bullpen has straightened out (except for Sunday) giving hope for next year. Now, the rotation, after Cliff/Cole, faces questions this offseason.

Winning behind Cole on Saturday night gave the Phillies a chance for a rare road series win. Instead, the Nationals coasted leaving the Phillies 0-7-1 in series on the road since the ASG. Prior to the game, 13 of the Phillies last 26 games were one-run decisions with the Phillies posting an 11-2 mark.

Chooch got a day off yesterday. He’s hitting .583 with RISP, tops in the majors. He’s doing it without bloopers or broken bat hits. He’s crushing the ball.

Minor League News
Players assigned to the Florida Instructional League program reported to Carpenter Complex this morning and will work out for the first time tomorrow. Roly DeArmas will serve as manager.

The camp includes 25 pitchers, 5 catchers, 10 infielders and 9 outfielders. Youngest is 15-year-old 3B Luis Encarnacion, recently signed out of San Juan, DR.

As was reported earlier, Ryan Howard and Ben Revere will play in some of the games.

15-game schedule starts September 23 and ends October 11.

Seagulls normally out-number fans.

In other minor league news, Carlos Arroyo has replaced Gorman Heimueller as the minor league pitching coordinator.

This Date
September 16, 1967—Pinch hitter Rick Joseph hits a walk-off grand slam as the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 8-4, in 11 innings at Veterans Stadium. It’s the first pinch-hit, extra inning grand slam in Phillies history.

September 16, 1997–RHP Curt Schilling fans nine in beating the Mets to become the first Phillies pitcher with 300 strikeouts in season and the 13th pitcher since 1900.

Red-Hot Nats Next

Doc struggled but the offense, led by Chooch, came up big, giving the Phillies a series win against San Diego last night. The Phillies finished the season 17-16 against the NL West.

Throughout his career, Doc has had trouble in the first inning. He gave up a lead-off homer to start last night’s game, the 16th earned run he’s allowed in the opening inning this season. He then settled down and was coasting until he lost the strike zone in the fifth, walking four consecutive batters for the first time in his career (2,743 innings). He finished with five walks for the second straight game. Doc last did that in 1999 when he did it twice. This month, he has 10 walks, 11 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

Five relievers closed the door on the Padres after Doc left. Three, Ethan, B.J. and Jake, continued their impressive work. Ethan, in his second relief appearance, threw 16 pitches, nine for strikes in a 1-2-3 inning. B.J. extended his scoreless streak to 11.1 innings during with the enemy is hitting .108. Of the last 38 outs Jake has recorded, he has 20 strikeouts (12.2 innings) while walking two. All three are attacking the strike zone and show promise for the future. Upgrading the bullpen is on Ruben’s bucket list. That upgrade may be here.

Chooch, heading into free agency, is on fire. In last 20 games, .389 with 16 RBI.
Remember when he finally started playing in late April, he went 2-20.

After the game, the Phillies took an AMTRAK charter train to Washington for a weekend series against the red-hot Nationals, winners of six in a row. They’re fresh from a sweep of the Mets during which they out-homered them, 13-0. Washington has crept to within 5.5 games of the second wildcard berth.

Ten days ago, the Nats took two of three from the Phillies in Philly. They started their three aces in that series and that’s what the Phillies are facing again. Phillies are winless in their last four games at Nationals Park.

Final six CBP games start on Monday against the Marlins with the Mets to follow for the final three games.

Nearing an Elite Class
J-Roll’s next home run will be #200. He will then become the 11th player ever to have 200 homers and steal 400 bases.

This Date
September 13, 1974—St. Louis downs Phillies, 7-3, in 17 innings at the Vet. Phillies used 27 players, St. Louis 24. 51 players is a major league record for an extra inning game. Eight Phillies pitchers walk

September 14, 1984
LHP Steve Carlton wins his 235th game, 9-5 over Montreal at the Vet, to break the club record held by Robin Roberts.

September 15, 1984
2B Juan Samuel breaks the club record with his 18th triple in a 4-3 loss to Montreal at the Vet. RF Elmer Flick set the record in 1901. Samuel finishes the season with 19 triples, a club rookie record.

Did You Know?
Babe Ruth’s first World Series at-bat came with the Boston Red Sox against the Phillies in 1915. He grounded out to first against Grover Cleveland Alexander.

Safety Squeeze!

After a dud on Tuesday night, the Phillies bounced back behind yet another brilliant performance by Cliff. Over last six starts, he hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a game (3-0, 2.25). Over his last 16 innings, only three runs, all solo homers.

Offensively, the Phillies played long ball for their first two runs and then small ball for their last two. Kids Hernandez and Galvis drove in the final two runs, Freddy plating an insurance run with a safety squeeze bunt in the eighth. When’s the last time the Phillies did that?

Here are the numbers that really capture this season:

**Scoring more than three runs, 49-19.

**Scoring three or fewer runs, 18-59.

Ford C. Frick Award
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is currently hosting the annual Ford C. Frick Award online ballot vote through 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30, giving fans the chance to select their favorite broadcaster as one of three fan choices on the final 10-person ballot for the 2014 Frick Award.

The Ford C. Frick Award has been presented annually since 1978 by the Museum for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

The 2014 Frick Award online voting reflects changes in the selection process where eligible candidates are grouped together by years of most significant contributions of their broadcasting careers. The new cycle begins with the High Tide Era, which features broadcasters whose main body of work came from the mid-1980s – the start of the regional cable network era – through the present.

Larry Andersen, Tom McCarthy, Andy Musser and Chris Wheeler are among the 165 broadcasters in the High Tide Era. Fans can vote once a day at

This Date
September 12, 1972–Mike Schmidt makes his big league debut, taking over for Don Money in the third inning during a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets at the Vet. Schmidt singles in the ninth inning for his first hit. Four days later, he hits his first home run against Montreal LHP Balor Moore.

September 12, 1984–Len Matuszek hits a pinch-hit home run as the Phillies edged St. Louis, 6-5. It was his third PH HR of the season.

Tyler’s Home Woes

Tyler Cloyd continued his career home woes as the Padres coasted to a series-opening win last night at Citizens Bank Park, their fourth straight win.

The young righthander fell to 0-5, 7.59 ERA at home (six starts). On the road a different story, 4-1, 3.18 (eight starts).

Phillies bats couldn’t do much with Cashner, who won for the first time since August 2. However, in his last nine starts, he’s held hitters to a .217 average while posting a 2.72 ERA. In other words, he’s on a roll.

First Phils run came on Cody Asche’s homer. After starting his big league career 1-17, he’s hitting .305.

During the winter, Cody was one of several young prospects brought to Citizens Bank Park for a prospects seminar. Having played at the University of Nebraska, he noticed two Phillies Hall of Famers, Alexander and Ashburn, were natives of Nebraska. The young prospects were on a tour of Cooperstown Gallery in the Hall of Fame Club.

Ethan Martin made his first appearance as a reliever and tossed a scoreless inning. He threw 10 pitches, all strikes. He does that consistently and he’ll have a place in next year’s pen.

Cameron Rupp made his major league debut and got his first hit, an infield hit in which he tumbled after crossing the bag. Fans gave him an ovation…for the hit, not the tumble.

This Date
September 11, 1942–CF Edwin Freed ties the NL record for most hits in first MLB game: four (single, two doubles, triple). Cincinnati wins, 8-5, at Shibe Park.

Alumni Page
Can you name the only player on both the Phillies 1983 and 1993 NL champions? Well, the answer can be found at, a feature written by Paul Hagen.

Philadelphia’s dean of broadcasting, Bill Campbell, celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday. Check out the same Alumni page for the Phillies special gift given to Bill.

Similar Numbers

Two teams at opposite ends of the country are pretty even on the baseball diamond.

The Padres and Phillies start a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park tonight, the first of a 10-game trip east for San Diego. Fresh from a 5-1 homestand, SD was 1-5 on its last road trip.

How even?
Phillies are 66-77; SD, 65-77
Padres have a team average of .247; Phillies, .246.
Average against, Phillies .261; SD, .262.
Runs, 543-539 SD edge.
Doubles, Phillies have edge, 224-223.
Home record, 41-33, SD; 39-33, Phillies.
Current winning streak, 3 games each.

Two teams met in Petco Park in late June with the Phillies winning the last two in a three-game series. Same numbers for the last time they met at CBP, May 11-13 a year ago.

Book Shelf
A few years ago, 1978 to be exact, Allen Lewis and I co-authored a book entitled This Date In Philadelphia Phillies History. Lewis was an outstanding baseball writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer who in 1981 won the prestigious J.G. Taylor Spink Award for “meritorious contributions to baseball writing.”

Thanks to Skip “Memory Lane” Clayton and Don Bostrom, a radio voice who is a walking baseball encyclopedia and former baseball writer, respectively, This Date In Philadelphia Phillies History has been updated this month, giving fans the opportunity to learn more about the interesting history of Phillies baseball which began in 1883.

Baseball is a game played daily for six months of every year. It becomes the fabric of our day-to-day lives, providing moments of groans and glee. Yet, the business of the game continues year round. There are trades, free agent signings and player releases that can happen any day, regardless of the month.

This Date In Philadelphia Phillies History catches everything, from birthdates of the players to great moments to player transactions.

Whether it is Reggie Grabowski who gave up 11 hits in one inning or perfect games by Jim Bunning and Roy “Doc” Halladay, you’ll find those memorable dates in this book.

Hall of Famers such as Ed Delahanty, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Chuck Klein, Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn, Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton will dominate great moments. But, you don’t have to be a Hall of Famer to make your mark in a team’s history.

Names such as Harry Wolverton, Jeff Grotewold, Fred Luderus, Cy Williams and Villanova’s Red Donahue made their marks wearing a Phillies uniform. Wolverton, for example, had three triples in a game and no one in baseball history has matched that feat, which took place in 1900.

Trades have been part of the game for a long, long time and will continue for a long, long time. Chuck Klein was traded to the Cubs and back again, released three times by the Phillies and signed as a free agent by them twice. Catchers Andy Seminick and Smoky Burgess were involved in multi-player deals with the Phillies and Reds, not once but twice.

When Allen and I first published the book, it was in paperback. The newest edition, produced by Camino Books, is an e-book. To purchase a copy for your kindle, check the various websites.

Mention of an e-book brings to mind another gem from Larry Andersen: “I was going to ask Dallas Green to autograph his book but I was afraid he was going to ruin my kindle.”

This Date
September 10, 2009–Matt Stairs ties club record for most pinch-hit home runs in a season with five, connecting with bases loaded, but Phillies lose in Washington, 8-7. Gene Freese set the record in 1959.

Kid Bats Come Through

Normally, a September weekend series between the Phillies and the Braves has a lot of pennant-race flavor attached to it. Not this year as the Braves and Phillies are on opposite ends. Atlanta came into the series with the stingiest ERA in the NL, 3.19. Phillies’ 4.27 was the highest.

But, games are played on the field and not paper or a computer. With great pitching and clutch hitting, the Phillies swept the Braves and held the division leaders to 10 total hits. All three wins were one-run decisions, upping the total under Ryne to 11.

The productive weekend featured a mixture of veterans, Cliff, Pap, KK and Cole on the pitching side. Game-winning hits came from the kids, Asche, Glavis and Ruf and a big league first save from Rosenberg.

Elias Sports Bureau in New York is the official statistician for MLB and other sports. They come up with some daily gems:

**Cliff allowed two hits, did walk a batter and struck out 10 on Friday night, the second time he’s done that with the Phillies. No other pitcher had two similar games )two or fewer hits with no walks and at least 10 strikeouts) in a Phillies uniform. Those that did it once: Grover Alexander, Curt Simmons, Jim Bunning (no-hitter), Ray Culp, Steve Carlton, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling and Roy Halladay (no-hitter).

**It was Cliff’s eighth start (10 strikeouts, no walks, eight innings) in the past four seasons, most in the majors.

**Pap blew a save and picked up a win on Saturday, the third time he’s done that this season, most in the majors.

**He got the win thanks to a walk-off homer by Freddy Galvis, the first player in Phillies history to hit a walk-off homer from each side of the plate in a season.

While Elias didn’t come up with a gem for Cole’s gem on Sunday, the Phillies lefty continued his brilliant pitching. In his last 13 starts, he’s allowed two or less runs in 11 of those starts. He’s won four in a row and is just two shy of 100.

Cole gave up only two hits, both homers to Gattis. The first landed in Ashburn Alley, an estimated 486 foot blast, longest in the majors this season. Who says so? Elias.

This Date
September 9, 1945, 2nd game–Jimmie Foxx hits his seventh homer of the season for the Phillies and 534th and last of his career in a 14-3 win at Pittsburgh.

September 9, 1997–Just hours after broadcasting a Phillies game, Richie Ashburn dies in a New York hotel. Ashburn’s passing produces a huge outpouring of affection from friends and fans. Phillies win, 1-0, over the Mets. Ironically, as a player with the Phillies, he wore #1 and his final game was with the Mets.

Familiar Story

Doc did his thing but the bullpen and offense, both of which have struggled all season, didn’t do the job and the Nationals picked up a one-run win.

Prior to the All-Star Game, the Phillies won 13 series, lost 12 and split 6. Since the ASG, 3-10-1. It marked the second straight series in which the Phillies won the first game and lost the next two.

In his third start, Doc gave up a run in the first inning and then shut the door through the sixth inning on three hits and five walks and hit two batters. He left with a 2-1 lead. Relievers Miner and Diekman gave up a run each, chalking up a blown save and getting tagged with the loss.

Offensively, the Phillies out-hit the Nationals, 9-6, but could only score twice, the 74th game of three or fewer runs. Washington allowed one walk and drew six. Two of those six walks turned into runs. The Nats stole four bases with one turning into the decisive run.

No game today and then the Braves come to town for a three-game weekend series.

Minor League Report
Williamsport (37-38) closed out the season with a 6-3 win at Batavia. CF Gustavo Martinez, 4-4, RBI.

Minor League News
1B Wilmer Oberto has been named the MVP of the Gulf Coast League. He was also selected to the league’s postseason All-Star Team.

Also on the team is SS J.P. Crawford, who led the league in hitting (.345) and on-base percentage (.433).

This Date
September 5, 1913–Phillies tie a major league record by scoring the only run in a doubleheader. They won the opener, 1-0, and played a 10-inning, 0-0 tie in the second game at Boston.

J-Roll, Chooch Clutch Hits

J-Roll has often delivered key hits this month over the past nine seasons. Unfortunately, the stakes were higher in most of those seasons as the Phillies battled for the postseason.

He came through with a two-out game-tying double and then scored the winning run on Chooch’s single as the Phillies derailed the Nationals, dropping them to 7.5 games out of the wildcard race. Since starting the season 2-20, Chooch is hitting .300 over his last 69 games.

Cole pitched brilliantly allowing a first-inning homer in seven innings, 87 pitches, 69 for strikes.. B.J. continued his hot pitching (10 consecutive scoreless outings) and picked up the win and Pap got two big strikeouts with the tying run on third in the ninth. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the fourth time Pap has ended a game in that manner, tying run on third followed by two, game-ending punch outs.

When trailing after seven innings, the Phillies were 6-61 before last night. The win was their seventh in the last nine home games and eighth one-run decision out of 10 wins under Ryne.

Game two tonight, rookie Martin against veteran Gio. The stakes are higher for the Nationals than the Phillies, who can play the role of the spoiler.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley closed its season with a 4-0 loss to Pawtucket, getting just two hits.

**Reading ended with a 3-2 win at New Britain. 1B Maikel Franco, 3-4, to finish at .339 in AA ball. RH Severino Gonzalez promoted from Clearwater, was the winner, 2 R, 6.2 IP, 0 BB, 6 SO. Kyle Simon, 11th save.

**Lakewood’s season ended with a rain out at home.

**Williamsport lost, 6-2, at Batavia, getting just 2 hits. One was the 9th homer for RF Dylan Cozens. 3 Williamsport errors paved the way for 5 unearned runs. 2 more games left.

This Date
September 3, 1972–LHP Steve Carlton throws his eighth shutout, 8-0, at Atlanta, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Grover Cleveland Alexander had eight in 55 years ago.

September 3, 2006, 1st game–1B Ryan Howard hits three home runs, including his 50th, as the Phillies beat Atlanta, 8-7.

Tale of 2 Seasons

It’s been a tale of two different seasons for KK.

A year ago, he was 2-8 before the All-Star Game and 9-4 after. Following yesterday’s loss, his post-ASG record fell to 2-7 after starting 8-6. The loss kept the Phillies from winning a road series for the first time since July 2-3-4 in Pittsburgh.

While the pitching staff gave up seven runs, the offense once again scored only once, dropping to 15-57 when scoring three or fewer runs.

The road record fell to 27-44. As bad as that is, the club record won’t be broken this year. The 1939 club finished 16-62. Fewest road losses? 33, 1976 and 2009.

String of 15 of the next 18 games at Citizens Bank Park begins tonight with the Nationals in town. Washington is 6.5 games out of the wild card race and will throw its three best pitchers at the Phillies who are in the role of spoilers.

Tonight is the first of 13 games for Washington against teams with losing records, Phillies (6), Marlins (3) and Mets (4). First nine are on the road.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 over the weekend, including a 5-0, game yesterday called in the 6th inning by rain. Michael Martinez’ walk-off single won Friday’s 5-4 game. Final game this afternoon vs. Pawtucket.

**Reading lost 2 of 3 in New Britain, including a 5-4 decision yesterday when NB scored 3 in the bottom of the 9th. Season finale this afternoon in New Britain.

**Clearwater (67-68) lost 2 of 3 against Dunedin. Friday’s 3-0 loss was the fourth shutout in a row for the Threshers who reversed the verdict on Saturday, 6-0, in the final home game. Yesterday, Dunedin pounded 19 hits off 5 Clearwater pitchers in coasting, 16-2, in the season’s final game.

**Lakewood won 2 of 3 against Greensboro. Friday’s winner was Mark Leiter (2-0), 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 SO. Season finale this afternoon against Greensboro.

**Williamsport won 2 of 3, including a 3-2 decision in 10 innings against Jamestown yesterday in the final home game. 18-year-old SS Malquin Canelo hit his 1st pro homer to win the game. Season ends Thursday at Batavia.

This Date
September 2, 1908–RHP Frank Corridon goes the route as the Phillies beat Brooklyn, 2-1, in 17 innings at Baker Bowl. Corridon did not walk a batter.

September 2, 1983–Pinch-hitting for Joe Morgan, Ozzie Virgil hits a grand slam walk-off home run at Veterans Stadium as Phillies beat San Francisco Giants, 5-3. It is Phillies second walk-off grand slam home run that season.

September 3, 1972–LHP Steve Carlton throws his eighth shutout, 8-0, at Atlanta, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Grover Cleveland Alexander had eight in 55 years ago.

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