2nd-last Road Trip

This season began on March 31 on the road. Now, the Phillies are on their second-last road trip of the season as September begins on Monday, the unofficial end of summer.

Fresh from a 7-2 homestand against three top-ranked teams, the Phillies are spending this weekend in New York’s Citi Field. The Mets hold a commanding 10-5 edge over the Phillies in the season series, although the two clubs are 3-3 in NY. In the standings, the Mets have a .5 lead over the Phillies.

Earlier in the season, the Phillies were better on the road and struggled at home. That trend has reversed itself.

Number of the Day
4: Phillies winning streak, longest in the majors currently.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 8-5, to Pawtucket. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 4 AB, 1B, 1B, 2B, 3B. LF Cam Perkins, 3 hits . . . Season ends Monday in Scranton.

Reading won last home game, 3-1, at Portland; third straight win. 2B Carlos Alonzo, 2 H, 2 RBI. WP: Hoby Milner (10-6), despite walking 5 in 6 IP . . . Season ends Monday in Trenton.

Clearwater lost the final home game, 8-2, vs. Tampa . . . Weekend series in Lakeland ends the season.

Lakewood won, 3-0, over Hickory in final home game. WP: Yoel Mecias (3-3). 1B Willians Astudillo, 3 H . . . Season ends Monday in Hagerstown.

Williamsport lost, 1-0, at State College. LP: Ricardo Pinto (1-5), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO . . . Season ends Monday at home against State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 5-3, over the Yankees1 in the season’s final game. Phillies finished 1.5 games behind Yankees1. 2 H, 2 RBI: RF Gustavo Martinez; LF Olvy Marte. WP: Franklyn Kilome (3-1).

Florida Instructional League: Program begins September 15, at Carpenter Field.

Arizona Fall League: CF Ramon Quinn, C Logan Moore, RHP Colton Murray, RHP Nefi Ogando and LHP Ethan Stewart will be on the Scottsdale Scorpions along with LV pitching coach, Ray Burris. One more Phillies minor leaguer will be assigned to the roster.

This Date
August 29, 1885
RHP Charlie Ferguson tosses the first no-hitter in Phillies history, 1-0, vs. Providence. In his four-year career, all with the Phillies, he finished 99-64, 2.67 ERA winning 21-26-30-22 games. He died of typhoid fever two weeks after his 25th birthday.

August 30, 1913
With the Phillies leading, 8-6, in the top of the ninth inning, Baker Bowl fans in one bleacher section began to distract New York Giant batters by waving handkerchiefs, newspapers and straw hats. Umpire William Brennan forfeits the game to the Giants. NL President Thomas Lynch overrules Brennan and declares the Phillies the winners. New York appeals and the NL Board of Directors rule the game to be completed in New York on October 2. Phillies win, 8-6.

August 30, 1988
RH Kent Tekulve relieves in 1,000th game (vs. San Francisco) to become only the
second pitcher in baseball history to pitch in that many games. (Hoyt Wilhelm is alltime
leader, 1,070). Phillies beat Giants, 7-5, at the Vet.

August 31, 1979
Farm director Dallas Green replaces Danny Ozark as the Phillies manager. Ozark finishes with a 594-510 record for six-plus seasons.

August 31, 1983
LHP Al Holland picks up his eighth win out of the bullpen, 4-3, over visiting San Diego. Pirates, Phillies, Expos and Cardinals are in the race as September 1 rolls around. Difference between first and fourth place is two and a half games.

August 31, 2006
1B Ryan Howard hits 49th home run to break Mike Schmidt’s single-season record (48 in
1980) during a 6-5 loss at Washington.

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

**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. Hope you can join us. Yes, will have books if anyone wants to buy one.

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