August at Citizens Bank Park comes to a close with a three-game weekend series against the Padres, whom the Phillies swept in three games in San Diego earlier this month. Phillies were 3-0 vs. San Diego at home last year, wins for Burnett, Papelbon and Kendrick.
Last night the red-hot Mets completed their first four-game sweep in Philadelphia since 2002 at Veterans Stadium. They did everything right in the series, hitting for power, getting bloop hits, two-out hits, solid relief pitching and great defensive plays. Last night relief pitcher Carlos Torres scored the go-ahead run after two and one-third scoreless innings. His first hit since 2013 started the four-run 13th inning. The Phillies five runs came in the third inning and that was it for the offense. It was the second time the Phillies had a five-run lead in the series only to lose each time. Phillies relievers gave up 21 runs and 11 walks; Mets bullpen, six runs and two walks in the four games.
Saw an interesting stat on ESPN.com: Mets are 30-2 against the Phillies and Rockies but 0-13 versus the Cubs and Pirates.
Lakewood outfielder Cord Sandberg, a 20-year-old left-handed hitter, is batting .255 with 24 doubles, 3 HR, 51 RBI. After hitting .217 the first half, he’s batting .298 in the second half with 34 RBI. Defensively, he has two errors and 11 assists playing mostly in left field
As a senior quarterback at Manatee High School in Bradenton, FL, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete passed for 2,674 yards and 35 touchdowns good enough to be offered a scholarship to play the same position at Mississippi State University. When selected by the Phillies in the third round of the 2013 draft, he opted for pro ball. Sandberg isn’t related to former Phillies player and manager Ryne Sandberg.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (60-73), 4th place, North Division)
Split a DH at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 5-0 loss in opener and 6-1 win in the nightcap. LF Jordan Danks, 2-3, 5th HR, 3 RBI in that game, won by Chris Leroux (3-3).
Next: Alec Asher (2-0) 7:05 tonight in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (75-55), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Scoring 3 in each of the seventh and eighth innings, Reading defeated visiting Bowie, 8-3. SS J. P. Crawford, 2 doubles, 2 R, 3 BB, RBI. C Andrew Knapp, 2-4, 2 RBI. 1B Brock Stassi, 13th-14th HRs, 4 RBI. He leads the league with 31 doubles and 88 RBI while hitting .309, which is fourth. ND Ben Lively, 5-3-3-3-1-5. WP: Ethan Martin (3-0), 3-1-0-0-1-3.
Next: Joely Rodriguez (5-3) 7:05 tonight vs. Bowie.
Clearwater Threshers (36-23), 2nd place, North Division)
Rained out at Brevard County. David Whitehead (7-11) and TBA in 5:05 DH at Brevard County.
Lakewood BlueClaws (32-27, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Fell, 3-1, to Hagerstown. 2 hits each RF Herlis Rodriguez, 1B Damek Tomscha, CF Jiandido Tromp.
Next: Will Morris (5-0) 7:05 tonight vs. Hagerstown.
Williamsport Crosscutters (42-23) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Seven-game winning streak ended, 3-2, in 12 innings in Batavia. 2B Luis Espiritu, 3-5. DH Matt Laird, 2-5, RBI. ND: Franklyn Kilome, 6-6-2-2-2-5.
Next: Alejandro Arteaga (4-1) 7:05 tonight at Batavia.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (35-23), 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Won, 5-0, at Pirates. LF Cornelius Randolph, 2-4, RBI. Jorge Alfaro, acquired in the Hamels trade, made his first appearance after being out since June because of an ankle injury, caught 3 innings, 0-1, and hit by a pitch twice. ND: Miguel Gonzalez, 4-1-0-0-1-4. WP: Lino Martinez. Phillies missed the playoffs. Four division winners qualify and Phillies will finish in second place.
Next: 12 noon today vs. first-place Blue Jays. Season ends with 10 a.m. game on Saturday at the Blue Jays.
CF Nick Williams, another one of the players the Phillies acquired in the Hamels trade, has been named to the Texas League postseason All-Star team.
Lakewood: OF Chase Harris placed on DL (left elbow strain); OF/INF Andrew Amaro added from Williamsport.
This Date In Phillies History
August 28, 1971, 2nd game
RHP Rick Wise (14-10) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the seventh in defeating San Francisco, 7-3, in the second game of a Vet Stadium doubleheader. It is Wise’s second two-home run game of the season, tying a major league record for pitchers.
Who Am I?
Yes, who is this Phillies Alumnus? Check out Paul Hagen’s latest “Where Are They Now?” feature at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.