One More Week

 

With a week left on the schedule, there are a lot of “lasts” happening.

In the midst of their last road trip, the Phillies are 2-6 after losing two of three weekend games in Oakland, their last interleague series and last series against a postseason contender. Today, the Phillies have their last day off.  A week from today, they’ll all be off until next February.

Howard’s homer on Friday night was the first ever against the A’s, leaving two teams against whom he hasn’t hit one, the Angels and Mariners. There are seven ball parks now in which he has not gone deep.  One is Marlins Park were the last road series begins Tuesday night.

Saturday, Jerome Williams beat the A’s for the third time this season, an historic occasion.  You see he has three wins while pitching for three different teams, something that never happened in baseball since the turn of the 20th century.  Pitching in relief for the Astros, he was he the winner on April 21.  Pitching for the Rangers, he beat them as a starter, July 25.  Granted, the odds of pitching for three different teams against one team in a season are low.  But, it still is something special.

Giles received a 24th birthday present that same game, his first save in the majors and the first this season by a Phillie reliever not named Papelbon.

Burnett walked six Sunday but didn’t get the decision as the Phillies lost in 10.  He leads the majors with 93 walks.  Who is the last Phillies pitcher to lead the league in walks?  Glad you asked.  Would you believe Steve Carlton, 136 in 1974.  Phillies record (since 1900): 164 by RH Earl Moore in 1911.

7-UP
Galvis has seven hits and seven RBI in the seven-game, seven-day road trip.  He leads the club with five extra-base hits, two doubles, a triple and two homers.

Numbers of the Day
7-13 Phillies interleague record this year and last year.

Checking Out Talent
Ruben Amaro Jr., Charlie Manuel and Sal Agostenlli recently went to Japan.  This weekend they were in the Dominican Republic.

Historic Home Run
Thome is greeted by teammates following an historic home run. Find out the details at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.  I just love this photo.

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This Date
September 22, 2007
Chase Utley’s first-inning home run paces the Phillies to a 4-1 victory over Washington. It is the last home run to be hit in RFK stadium.

September 22, 2008
Greg Dobbs sets Phillies record for most pinch hits in a season when he gets his 22nd at
Citizens Bank Park in eighth inning against Atlanta as Phillies beat Braves, 6-2.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: C Doug Lindsey (47), 2B Wally Backman (55) . . . Tuesday: INF Jim Morrison
(62) . . . Wednesday: RHP Carlton Loewer (41), LHP Paul Spoljaric (44) . . . Thursday:
RHP Rich Hunter (40), OF Dick Davis (61) . . . Friday: LHP Bobby Shantz (89) . . .
Saturday: LHP John Lannan (30), RHP Vicente Padilla (37), 1B Len Matuszek (60), 3B Mike Schmidt (65), INF Gary Sutherland (70), RHP Dick Hall (84) . . . Sunday: RHP Todd Frohwirth (52), C Ronn Reynolds (56), LHP Grant Jackson (72).

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

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

 

 

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