3:56 Ending

3:56. That was the time on the big clock at Citizens Bank Park when the Phillies 2015 ended on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

Cole allowed three hits and two runs to the first four batters he faced and wound up losing, 2-1.  He exited after eight innings without allowing another hit.  At one point, he retired 20 consecutive Braves. He finished the season 9-9 with an ERA of 2.46, lowest of his career.  He is the first pitcher without a winning record and an ERA under 2.50 since Orel Hershiser went 15-15, 2.31 in 1989.

Where’s the O?
For the second straight season, the Phillies finished 73-89.

Last year, they scored 619 runs, nine more than this year.  They gave up 687 this season, down from 749 a year ago.

Perhaps the most telling offensive note goes back to the March 31 season opener in Texas, a 14-10 win. In their last six games of the season, they scored a total of 14 runs.

On opening day they had three doubles and three homers.  Final six games, one dinger.  Same six games, 10 doubles, three coming from pitchers.

Oh, on Sunday, they had six singles, two by Cole.

Numbers of the Day
Ben finished with 184 hits (601 AB), matching Denard Span (610 AB) for the most in the NL.  Last Phillies to lead the league in hits was Lenny Dykstra (194) in 1983. Club record: Lefty O’Doul (254) in 1929.  Folks, that Phillies record will never be broken.

Jake struck out two in his one inning, giving him with 100 for the season (71 innings), the most by a Phillies reliever since 1983 when Al Holland had 100 (91.2 innings). Club record: Dick Selma (153) in 1970 (134 innings).

This Date
September 29, 1907, 1st game
RHP George McQuillan’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ends at 25 innings, a Phillies record for the start of a career.

September 29, 1915
The Phillies clinch first NL pennant with a 5-0 win at Boston, a 1-hitter for RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, his 30th win. It is his fourth 1-hitter and 12th shutout of the season.


Jeter Numbers
He ended his career Sunday with a hit, same as he ended his Yankee Stadium career earlier in the week.

His final numbers
3,465 hits
.310 average
1,923 runs
2,747 games
0 ejections

Tweet of the Day
Jon Morosi, FOXsports.com
“For Derek Jeter’s final at-bat, the catcher wore #3. After, he shook hands with a first baseman wearing #5. Numbers of Ruth and DiMaggio.”

Looking Ahead
Phillies Insider will move to an off-season mode of postings on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the exception of vacation and holidays. 

It will all start tomorrow, September 30.


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