Runs & Strikeouts

Tweet of the Day
Jayson Stark, ESPN.com
“There were 3,561 fewer runs scored in the big leagues this year than in 2007 and 5,252 more strikeouts.”

OK.  Let’s look at the Phillies.  In 2007, they scored 892 runs; this year, 619.  Strikeouts: 1,205 to this year’s club record 1,306. But, hold on. Seven more teams in the majors had more strikeouts than the Phillies this season.

Unbreakable Records
Which brings us to some unbreakable Phillies single-season records in the wonderful world of runs and strikeouts.

Runs: most, 944, in 1930; fewest, 394 in 1942.  Last place finishes each year. Believe those numbers will survive a few more decades.

Strikeouts: record for most was 1,054 set by the 1950 Phillies.  It was broken in 2007 (1,205), matched in 2013 and re-written this year.  So, that record certainly isn’t unbreakable.

But, the fewest strikeouts will stand forever, 452, in 1924, seventh-place finish.  That club did it in 152 games and 5,366 at-bats. SS Heinie Sand was the leader with 57, which ranked as the third highest in the NL!  Seven Phillies easily topped that number this year.

Which raises the question: who the heck is Heine Sand?

Well, he was a 5-foot-8 shortstop/third baseman who spent six seasons with the Phillies (1923-28). A career .258 hitter with 258 errors at shortstop (772 games). But, he was the first Phillies shortstop to be involved in three triple plays, including one in which the ball was hit by Heinie Groh, according to Wikipedia.

Alumni birthdays
Today: 1B Jeremy Giambi (40), LHP Yorkis Perez (47) . . . Wednesday:  LHP Chuck McElroy (47) . . . Thursday: RHP Doug Nickle (40), C Matt Walbeck (45) . . . Friday: C Darren Fletcher (48), RHP Rich Surhoff (52) . . . Saturday: RHP Kyle Lohse (36),  RHP Tim Mauser (48), LHP Bruce Ruffin (51), LHP Dennis Cook (52), OF-3B Chris James (52), RHP Joe Boever (54), CH Jimy Williams (71) . . . Monday: RHP Robert Person (45), RHP Jay Baller (54).

This Date
September 30, 1951
CF Richie Ashburn goes 4-for-8 in final game to finish with 221 hits, the first Phillie to lead the NL in 18 years.  Phillies defeat Brooklyn, 9-8, in 14 innings at Shibe Park.

September 30, 1971
CF Willie Montanez sets a club rookie record with his 30th home run as the Phillies end the season with a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh at the Vet.

1B, CF Willie Montanez

September 30, 1978
LHP Randy Lerch (11-8) hits two home runs and picks up the win as the Phillies capture their third straight NL East title, 10-8, at Pittsburgh.

September 30, 2007
Phillies beat Washington, 6-1, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch National League
Eastern Division title in last game of season as New York Mets who were tied
with Phillies for first place lost to Florida, 8-1. Brett Myers struck out two in a scoreless ninth-inning setting off a celebration.

myers2007clinch

September 30, 2009
With four games left, Phillies beat Houston, 10-3, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch National League Eastern Division title for third straight year and eighth overall.

Daily Phillies Flashback moments can be found at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Phun Fact
Larry Bowa got the first hit at Veterans Stadium and was the last person ejected in that stadium. Plus, he played in the last game at Connie Mack Stadium, first game at the Vet, managed the last game there and first game at Citizens Bank Park.

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