The Padres avoided a weekend and season sweep by scoring six times off the Phillies bullpen in a 9-4 win on Sunday. They had lost seven in a row at Citizens Bank Park.
Nola and Morgan were winners in the first two games. Each has five wins. The Phillies are the only major-league team to have two rookies with at least five wins as starting pitchers this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Since the All-Star Game, the Phillies are 23-17. 14 of those wins have come from rookies, including the last seven.
Rupp has seven home runs this month, most for a Phillies catcher since Mike Lieberthal went deep eight times in August 2002. Five of Rupp’s homers have come in games pitched by Nola.
Alec Asher became the fifth Phillies rookie to make his debut this season. That’s a club record. While he was tagged with yesterday’s loss (4 runs, 5.2 innings), he received an introduction on his first at-bat that hasn’t been done before. His dad, Bob, is the PA announcer at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL. Dad pinch-hit for Dan Baker and introduced his son.
Herrera had his first four-hit game in the majors. He hitting .346 this month after .362 in July.
The Phillies bused to New York on Sunday evening for three games in the Mets’ yard starting on Monday night. Phillies have lost seven in a row at Citi Field, including six this season. Their last win there came last August 30. For the season, the Phillies are 1-12 vs. the Mets.
Rosters can be expanded starting Tuesday. Look for some arms for the bullpen which has been overworked, 24 earned runs on 36 hits in 27.1 innings during this seven-game homestand.
Reading and Williamsport are headed for postseason play in their respective leagues. Clearwater is already there having won the Florida State League first-half title.
Eastern League Honors
1B Brock Stassi was named the league’s MVP seventh Reading player in the team’s history to take league MVP honors, joining Darin Ruf (2012), Ryan Howard (2004), Marlon Byrd (2001), Jeff Stone (1983), Mark Davis (1980), and Greg Luzinski (1970).
Dusty Wathan was named Manager of the Year. He joins Gary Varsho (2000), Al LeBeouf (1997), Bill Dancy (1995 & 1983), and Bob Wellman (1975) as Reading skippers who won the award.
Stassi and closer Stephen Shackleford were selected on the league’s postseason All-Star team.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (61-75), tie 4th place, North Division)
Lost 2 of 3. Win (3-1) came Sunday at Syracuse, Sean O’Sullivan (4-2), 6-1-1-1-5-8. SV: Dustin McGowan (14). LP Saturday (2-1) David Buchanan (4-2), 7-4-2-2-2-3.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (7-7) 7:05 tonight in Syracuse.
Season ends: September 7.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-56), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 9-4 on Friday and 9-8 on Sunday and lost, 6-2, on Saturday to Bowie. WPs: Reinier Roibal (6-1) on Friday and Zach Elfin (8-6) on Sunday. RF Dylan Cozens, brought up from Clearwater on Friday, was 5-11 with a HR, 6 RBI in the series. 3B Angelo Mora, 4-11, HR, 2 RBI; hitting .400 in last 10 games.
Next: Jake Thompson (3-1) 6:35 tonight vs. Binghamton
Regular season ends: September 7.
Clearwater Threshers (38-23), 1st place, North Division)
After a rain out Thursday in Brevard County, won a DH on Friday. WPs: Ricardo Pinto (8-2) and David Whitehead (8-11). Miguel Nunez (7), 8-pitch save in 2-1 first game win; LF Andrew Pullin made a diving catch to end the game. Saturday was halted 4-4 after five innings. Game goes down as a tie as the two teams don’t play again. Sunday, rain out in Daytona.
Next: Matt Imhoff (7-4) and Victor Arano (4-12) 5:05 DH this evening in Daytona.
Regular season ends: September 6.
Lakewood BlueClaws (35-27, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won all three, 4-1, 2-1, 15-8. WPs: Will Morris (6-0), Tyler Viza (5-9) and Ranfi Casimiro (8-7). 3B-1B Damek Tomscha, 3-11, 2 HR (7), 5 RBI, 4 R; hitting .382 in last 10. SS Drew Stankewicz, 5-6, 3 R on Sunday. C Deivi Grullon, HR (7), 6 RBI in same game. CF Jiandido Tromp saved the 2-1 game with a leaping catch that took away a game-tying HR.
Next: Austin Davis (4-5) 7:05 tonight in Greensboro.
Season ends: September 7.
Williamsport Crosscutters (42-25) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Magic number to clinch the division is two despite dropping 2 of 3. Mitch Gueller (9-1) won on Saturday, 7-3, 5-4-3-3-3-5. 1B Brendon Hayden, single, double HR (3), 3 RBI, 2 R in that game.
Next: Luis Morales (0-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn..
Season ends: September 7.
Gulf Coast League Phillies (36-24), 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Ended season with a 5-0 win on Saturday. Finished behind the Blue Jays (39-19).
Lehigh Valley: LHP Jesse Biddle, placed on DL (left shoulder strain).
Reading: CF Nick Williams, placed on DL (concussion); OF Dylan Cozens, added from Clearwater.
Clearwater: INF Jose Antequera, added from GCL.
Lakewood: RHP Victor Delgado and LHP Zack Morris, added from GCL
Williamsport: LHP Luis Morales, added from GCL.
This Date In Phillies History
August 31, 1979: Farm director Dallas Green replaces Danny Ozark as the Phillies
manager. Ozark finishes with a 594-510 record for six-plus seasons.
August 31, 1983: LHP Al Holland picks up his eighth win out of the bullpen, 4-3, over visiting San Diego. Pirates, Phillies, Expos and Cardinals are in the race as September 1 rolls around. Difference between first and fourth place is two and a half games.
August 31, 2006: 1B Ryan Howard hits 49th home run to break Mike Schmidt’s
single season record (48 in 1980) during a 6-5 loss at Washington’s RFK stadium.
Scott Franzke, on yesterday’s broadcast, “Larry, they are trying to confuse us. We have Ruf and Rupp, Asche and Asher.”