Home Sweep Home

Going up against three teams in the playoff hunt, the Phillies polished off a 7-2 homestand last night in sweeping the Nationals, the first against them at Citizens Bank Park in two years.

KK once again was tagged for two quick runs in the first inning, re-grouped, the offense came alive with three home runs as the Phillies improved to 14-6 in their last 20 home games. One of the homers was the first ever pinch-hit HR for Grady. It was the fifth of the season for the Phillies. The club’s single-season record of 11 in 1958 is safe for another year.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Ryan had three hits while Chase and J-Roll had two hits each. It was the 40th time that Howard, Utley and Rollins all had at least two hits in the same game since the trio started playing together in 2004. The Phillies are 34-6 in those 40 games.

Number of the Day
10-5: Phillies record on Thursday, their best day of the week. But, today is a day off. They’ll board some buses for a journey north to begin a weekend series against the Mets tomorrow night.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week
Player –  3B/1B Maikel Franco, Lehigh Valley … 7 G … Batted .500 (14-28), .500 OBP, .893 SLG, 6 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI … Franco hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats in Game 2 of the IronPigs doubleheader against the Syracuse Chiefs … He doubled in the 1st inning, tripled in the 3rd, singled in the 4th, and hit a solo home run in the 6th, becoming just the second IronPig in franchise history to hit for the cycle … The 22-year-old finished the day 6-for-7 with a double, triple, 2 HR, 4 RBI, and 4 runs scored in the doubleheader … Signed as an amateur free agent on January 13, 2010, by Koby Perez.

Pitcher – RHP, Ricardo Pinto, Williamsport … 1 G, 0-1, 1.50 ERA (6.0 IP), 0 BB, 6 H, 1 ER,  9 SO … In 8 games this season the 20-year-old has posted a 2.25 ERA (10 ER, 40.0 IP) … The 6-foot righty began his pro career in 2012 with VSL Phillies … A native of Venezuela, Pinto was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2011 by Jesus Mendez. 

Lehigh Valley won, 5-1, over Pawtucket. 3B Maikel Franco, 2 H, 2 RBI. CF Tony Gwynn Jr., 3 hits, including first HR. WP: Greg Smith (9-10).

Reading won, 5-2, at Portland. HRs: DH Jake Fox (22), C Logan Moore (4). WP: Adam Loewen (3-5); SV. Nefi Ogando (7).

Clearwater won, 9-7, in 11 innings at Tampa. RF Brandon Short, 2 H, 3 RBI. WP: Ulises Joaquin (2-1), 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 SO.

Lakewood lost, 3-2, to Hickory, getting only 4 hits. 3B Mitch Walding, 7th HR.

Williamsport lost, 6-0, at State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 3-0, at the Pirates but were eliminated from the postseason when the Yankees1 won a doubleheader. Final game of the season at 12 noon today, Pirates at Carpenter Field.

This Date
August 28, 1971, 2nd game
RHP Rick Wise (14-10) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the seventh in defeating San Francisco, 7-3, in the second game of a Vet Stadium doubleheader. It is Wise’s second two-home run game of the season, tying a major league record for pitchers.

Where Is He?
Paul Hagen found Steve Jeltz, former Phillies shortstop. Click on http://www.phillies.com/alumni to learn about Steve’s life away from the game and his greatest game.

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

**This evening, back in my hometown, 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.

Talking Baseball and the Book
This Monday, 6-7 p.m. with Greg Luzinski and Dan Baker on WBCB Radio and http://www.WBCB.com. Live “Bull Session” show takes place at Chickie’s & Pete’s on Roosevelt Boulevard in northeast Philly. Will bring some books for those who want to buy one and have it personally autographed. Hope you can join us.

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