Role of the Spoiler

Three games each with the Cardinals (this weekend) and Nationals (starting on Monday night) close out baseball at Citizens Bank Park for August. The curtain comes down on the month with three games in New York next weekend.

Next month finds the Phillies at home for 10 games and on the road for 16, including their third trip to California. For the Phillies, it is a chance to be the spoiler as only four games are against a team not in the postseason hunt. Those four are in San Diego, where, as of this morning, the Padres were 8 games out of a wildcard berth with six teams ahead of them.

The Phillies were 11.5 games out with eight teams ahead of them.

Number of the Day
77: RBI by Howard, tied for fourth in the NL. 27 have come off LHP, most in the league.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost third in a row, 3-2, at Pawtucket. C Cameron Rupp had 3 of LV’s 5 hits. HR: CF Tyler Henson (7) . . . Season ends Labor Day.

Reading lost, 6-2, at Bowie. RF Peter Lavin, 2 of Reading’s 6 hits . . . Reading opens final home series tonight vs. Erie . . . Season ends Labor Day.

Clearwater lost, 5-4, at Daytona. C Gabriel Lino, HR (4), 4 RBI . . . Season ends August 31.

Lakewood rained out at West Virginia . . . Season ends Labor Day.

Williamsport won, 2-1, on 2B Robinson Torres’ walk-off single . . . Season ends Labor Day.

Gulf Coast League Phillies lost to the Braves for the second straight day, 7-3. Fell 2 games behind the Yankees with 6 games remaining . . . Season ends August 28.

This Date
August 22, 2003
1B Jim Thome hits 35th and 36th homers in 9-4 win in St. Louis to break Phillies club record for homers by a first baseman (34, Deron Johnson, 1971).

August 23, 1883
Phillies are charged with 27 errors in a game against Providence (walks, wild pitches and passed balls were charged as errors prior to 1888).

August 23, 2009
Phillies beat Mets, 9-7, in New York as second baseman Eric Bruntlett starts an
unassisted triple play in bottom of ninth inning to end the game. It is the 15th unassisted triple play in MLB history but only the second to end a game.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**Thursday, August 28, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

**Saturday, September 13, Barnes & Noble, 2300 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.

**Sunday, September 28, Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

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