Reading Clinches Division

The Phillies were held to one run by two pitchers with a combined weight of 528 pounds. Colon, the 42-year-old listed at 283 pounds, ran is 2015 record against the Phillies to 4-0 working eight scoreless innings.  Only one Phillies batter reached second base while he was on the mound.

Phillies rallied in the ninth against Familia, a 245-pound right-hander, but could only get one run after they had the bases loaded with no out. Final, 3-1.

The Mets continued their dominance of the Phillies this year, winning their 10th in a row. It matches their longest winning streak over the Phillies, set from September 19, 1971 to June 28, 1972.

Eickhoff lost to Colon for the second time in a week.  The youngster gave up three runs on four hits in seven innings. Two of the hits were home runs in the fifth inning giving the Mets 45 for August, tops in the NL.

Playoff Fever
Tickets are on sale now for three Phillies minor league teams that have reached the playoffs, Reading, Clearwater and Williamsport.

**Eastern League semi-finals (best of 5)
September 9 and 10, Reading at second place winner (to be determined)
September 11-12-13* (*if necessary), Reading home games.

**Florida State League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 8, Clearwater on road (to be determined)
September 9-10, Clearwater home games

**New York Penn League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 9-10-11. Three division winners and one wild card team.  Final records to determine the seeds.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (62-75), tie 4th place, North Division)
LHP Anthony Vasquez (8-7) had a pair of hits and an RBI in winning, 8-3, at Syracuse, 6-6-3-3-3-4. PH Jordan Danks capped a 5-run sixth inning that broke a 3-3 tie with a grand slam, his 6th HR. C Erik Kratz, 3 H, RBI.
Next: TBD 7:05 tonight in Pawtucket, the start of the final road series.
Season ends: September 7.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-56), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Clinched first playoff appearance since 2012, 6-2, over Binghamton.  SS J.P. Crawford 2 doubles (20), 2 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, single, HR (2), 2 RBI. WP: Jake Thompson (4-1), 7-8-2-2-0-4. SV: Ryan Sullivan (2), 2-0-0-0-0-0.
Next: Ben Lively (8-7) 6:35 tonight vs. Binghamton
Regular season ends: September 7.

Clearwater Threshers (38-23), 1st place, North Division)
By winning the first half, the Threshers reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007 when they won the FSL championship. They were rained out of a DH in Daytona on Monday, fourth game lost to rain in the last week.
Next: John Richy (0-0) and TBD 5:05 DH this evening in Daytona.
Regular season ends: September 6.

Lakewood BlueClaws (36-27, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won fourth in a row, 5-3, at Greensboro.  C Deivi Grullon homered for the second straight game, #8, 2 RBI. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 2 H, RBI. 3B Drew Stankiewicz, 2 H, following a 5-hit game.  WP: Austin Davis (5-5), 6-7-3-3-0-1. SV: Matt Hockenberry (18).
Next: Elniery Garcia (8-9) 7:05 tonight in Greensboro.
Season ends: September 7.

Williamsport Crosscutters (43-25) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Magic number reduced to one following a 12-2 blowout against Batavia. LF Venn Biter, 3 H, RBI. CF Carlos Duran, 3 H, 3 R. 3B Jan Hernandez, double, triple, 4 RBI, 3 R. C Austin Bossart, single, double, 2 RBI.  WP: Luis Morales (1-2), 5-4-2-0-2-2.
Next: Jose Taveras (7-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.
Season ends: September 7.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (36-24), finished in 2nd place, Northwest Division)

Lehigh Valley: RHP Miguel Gonzalez, activated from DL; LH reliever Joey DeNato, from Lakewood.

Lakewood: LHP Scott Harris, placed on DL

Williamsport: RHP Ismael Cabrera, from Williamsport.

This Date In Phillies History
September 1, 1945
CF Vince DiMaggio sets a club record and ties the NL mark with his fourth grand slam of the season in an 8-3 win at Boston.

September 1, 1980
Having watched the Phillies bounce back and forth most of the season between second and third place, angry GM Paul Owens ripped into the team in a stormy clubhouse meeting in San Francisco.  Phillies beat the Giants, 6-4, launching a streak in which they won 23 of their next 32 games and their fourth NL East title in five seasons.

September 1, 2014
LHP Cole Hamels (9 innings), LHP Jake Diekman (1), RHP Ken Giles (1), RHP Jonathan Papelbon (1) throw the first combined no-hitter in franchise history, 7-0, over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Carlos Ruiz catches his third no-hitter, a Phillies history.



1 Comment

My turn to provide you with information. No matter what happens this week, Clearwater’s opponent in the first round of the playoffs will be the Daytona Tortugas. While the second half division winner remains in doubt, the Threshers hold a two game advantage over the Tortugas (one game in the loss column), Daytona is the only other team which has not been eliminated in the division race. Should Clearwater win the second half division title, the team with the next best overall record in the division will qualify as a wild card. Daytona has clinched that spot with an insurmountable 8.5 game lead over the Tampa Yankees.

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