Consistent Cole

After scoring four total runs on seven total hits in two losses in San Diego, the offense was in low gear as the Padres’ Stultz retired 12 in a row through four innings last night. It all pointed to another offensive struggle with Hamels pitching.

Then, came the fifth inning when the Phillies scored four runs on five hits. In the end, Hamels improved his record against the Padres to 9-2. Since the All-Star Game break, he’s 6-2. And, he’s gone 21 straight starts allowing three or fewer runs. That spells consistency.
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Number of the Day
12: Intentional walks for Utley, tops on the club.

What If Replay
Paul Hagen’s written an interesting story on phillies.com relating to the Phillies Black Friday NLCS loss to the Dodgers in 1977. If replay was in effect, would Phillies history have been changed? Check it out.

Odd Fact
The Philadelphia A’s played their last game in Philly on September 19, 1954. Two months later, the franchise was sold and moved to Kansas City.

Sixty years later, tomorrow, September 19, the Phillies are playing the A’s in Oakland.

Paul Hagen will have a feature about the A’s last game tomorrow on phillies.com. Check it out.

This Date
September 18, 1903, 2nd game
RHP Chick Fraser throws the Phillies first no-hitter of the century, 10-0, at Chicago. For loser RHP George (Peaches) Graham, it is his only big league appearance.

September 18, 1952
RHP Robin Roberts defeats the New York Giants, 7-4, at the Polo Grounds improving his record to 28-7, most victories in the majors since 1935. “Robbie” led the NL in complete games (30) and innings pitched (330), but finished second in the MVP voting to OF Hank Sauer, 37 homers, 121 RBI for the fifth-place Chicago Cubs, who finished 10 games behind the Phillies.

September 18, 1963
LHP Chris Short (8-11) wins the final game played at Polo Grounds, a 5-1 complete game. New York Giants RF Jim Hickman hits the last home run. Attendance is 1,752.

September 18, 1971
RHP Rick Wise sets a club record by retiring 32 consecutive batters in a 4-3, 12-inning complete game win over Chicago at the Vet. Wise wins own game with a single. His line: 12 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.
(Visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a story about this game and two other gems by Rick in 1971).

September 18, 1993
2B Mariano Duncan belts his second grand slam homer of the season as the Phillies clinch the NL East crown with a 10-7 victory at Pittsburgh. Slam is the Phillies eighth, a new club record for a single season.

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.

Thanks
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