Last Road Weekend

Nothing would be more rewarding than winning some games in Washington, DC, this weekend and eliminating the Nationals.  If that happens, the Mets couldn’t clinch at Citizens Bank Park next Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday nights.  Seeing the Mets celebrate in Philly is a stomach turner for Phillies fans. Ugh!

To win in Nationals Park, the Phillies will need to score some runs, a revelation I realize. Zimmermann, Strasburg and Gonzalez will face the Phils, the same starters during Washington’s three-game sweep at Citizens Bank Park three series ago. In six games on this trip, the Phillies scored 12 total runs, six coming in one game, their lone win. Ugh!

Asher turned in his most impressive outing last night, allowing one hit through six shutout innings.  The streak ended with an infield hit and a triple.  He left after seven innings with two of his team’s five hits, including the only extra base hit.  For his efforts, his record fell to 0-5.  13th time the Phillies have been blanked, fourth by 1-0 score and second time the winning team used six pitchers.

One For The Books
A walk and two singles in one inning but no runner reaches second base.  Can that happen?  Well, it did last night to the Phillies. Altherr walked to start the third inning and was caught stealing. Asher got his first big league hit.  Galvis’ grounder hit Asher who was out. Freddy was credited with a single.

And, The Winners

00 Owens winners
RHP Ricardo Pinto and C Andrew Knapp are the 2015 winners of the Paul Owens Award presented annually since 1986 to the best pitcher and player in the Phillies system. They’ll receive the awards pre-game Thursday, October 1.

Pinto, 21, split his season between single-A Lakewood and Clearwater, combining to go 15-4 in 24 starts with a 2.97 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 145.1 innings pitched.  He allowed two earned runs or fewer in 17 of those starts, including five scoreless outings of 6.0 innings or more.  He was signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela in December 2011.

Knapp, a 23-year-old switch-hitter, just completed his third minor league season: .308 with 35 doubles, 13 home runs, 84 RBI, 77 runs scored and 51 walks between single-A Clearwater and double-A Reading, setting professional highs in all of those categories. The Roseville, Calif., native was selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2013 draft out of the University of California at Berkeley.

International Scouting Director Sal Agostinelli has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Dallas Green Award, given annually to an amateur or professional scout who best exemplifies the Phillies standard for scouting while demonstrating the same loyalty, work ethic, dedication and passion as the award’s namesake.  It is also recognition of the scout’s ability to judge not only a player’s talent, but also his character and heart.
Sal will receive the award pre-game next Wednesday.

Agostinelli, who was named to his current position in 2012 after spending 15 years as the international scouting supervisor, has been a member of the Phillies scouting staff since 1993.  Since joining the department, he has had a hand in signing several prominent international players, including Carlos Ruiz, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco.

This Date In Phillies History
September 25, 1955
CF Richie Ashburn is hitless in seven at-bats in a season-ending doubleheader in the Polo Grounds but easily wins his first batting title (.338).

Book Time
The Fightin’ Phillies: 100 Years of Philadelphia Baseball from the Whiz Kids to the Misfits
is the title of my new book which will be available starting next May in book stores and on-line. Larry Andersen penned the foreword. Publisher again is Triumph Books (

Around MLB
Hunter Pence’s season is over because of a concussion.

Joe Blanton is 5-0 in 18 appearances for the Royals/Pirates this season after being the winning pitcher the last two games, prompting Larry Andersen, “I’m coming out of retirement.”

Cole Hamels went six innings last night and got his fifth straight win; record now 5-1 with Texas.

Royals clinch division for first time since 1985.

The Mets’ Daniel Murphy has 69 RBI, 30 coming after the seventh inning, including the tie-breaking triple in a 3-run seventh inning.  Win reduced Mets magic number to 3.

A baby was born last night during Giants-Padres game at Petco Park.

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