Another SD Loss

A five-hit offense, a walk that led to a decisive three-run sixth inning. That’s the story of A. J.’s 17th loss last night in San Diego, where the Phillies normally do very well. Instead, they have lost two in a row with two left in this series.

Burnett will have two more starts which means he can avoid losing 20 games. That was last accomplished for the Phillies by Steve Carlton in 1973.

Homers by Brown and Galvis had staked the Phillies to a 3-2 lead until that fateful sixth. Ruf’s two-out, pinch-hit single produced a ninth inning run. For the Padres, they are not 30-19 in one-run games and 42-31 at home. For the season, they’ve won 70 games, one more than the Phillies.

Number of the Day
3 Homers Galvis has among his 11 hits this season.

Opposites on 1-0 Games
The Padres beat the Phillies, 1-0, on Monday night in 2 hours, 9 minutes, before 17,558 fans in San Diego.

On the west coast of Florida, the Rays beat the Yankees by the same score in 3 hours, 28 minutes, the longest 1-0 game in MLB history. Attendance was 16,058.

This Date
September 17, 1900
Cincinnati SS Tommy Corcoran, coaching at third in a game at Philadelphia, uncovers a wire in the coaching box that leads across the outfield to the Phillies clubhouse, where reserve catcher Morgan Murphy reads the opposing catcher’s signs and relays them to the Phillies coach by using a buzzer hidden in the dirt.

September 17, 2001
Baseball returns after the September 11 terrorist attacks. 3B Scott Rolen rips two home runs to lead the Phillies past Atlanta, 5-2. Rolen becomes just the fifth player to hit two home runs in a game off RHP Greg Maddux.

September 17, 2011
Phillies beat St. Louis Cardinals, 9-2, at Citizens Bank Park and wrap up Eastern
Division championship for fifth straight year, their 11th Eastern Division championship overall.

Best Wishes
For a speedy recovery for former Phillies reliever and broadcaster, Kent Tekulve, who underwent a heart transplant on September 5. “Teke” is one of the all-time good guys.

A few years ago in quizzing the Alumni about their hobbies, he responded: “playing golf, bowling and harassing Chris Wheeler.”

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

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

2007: Ryan Howard fanned twice against the New York Mets, giving him 184 strikeouts for the season, a new team record. The previous mark was held by Jim Thome, who struck out 182 times in 2003.

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