Fun Weekend

Needless to say there haven’t been many fun moments this season for the Phillies.  Winning the last road series this weekend in Nationals Park may rank as the most fun weekend.  Not only did the Phillies help knock the Nationals out of the playoff race but they beat Papelbon with an eight-run ninth inning on Sunday.  Before he took the mound in that inning, Pap and Harper got into a fight in the dugout.  Yes, there’s still a Natitude in DC thanks to Pap.

It was the first game in which the Phillies scored as many as eight runs in an inning in the ninth inning or later since September 17, 2005, when they scored ten runs in the ninth inning of a 10-2 come-from-behind victory in Miami. Source: Elias Sports Bureau.

On the 3-6 trip, Phillies starters were awesome, posting a 1.74 ERA over the nine games.  A little more offense could have turned the trip around as the Phillies lost four 2-1 games and a 1-0 decision.  Yet, it’s hard to point the finger at the offense that is missing Franco, Hernandez, Howard and Brown.

Phillies finished the season only 26-55 on the road, their worst record since the 1942 team went 19-58 during the era when they played 77 games on the road.

Sunday morning, the Phillies announced that Nolan will not throw another pitch this season.  After last year’s June draft, he worked 55.1 innings in 12 pro games. Nola was Reading’s starting pitcher in the season opener this year, April 11, in Portland.  He lost, 4-2, allowing four runs in 4.2 innings. He ended the season with five scoreless innings on Saturday night, giving him 187 total innings.  Guess you could say he came a long way this season.

One player who sparkled over the weekend was Altherr, playing center field.  His
two home-run game on Friday night which included an inside-the-park grand slam became a very notable performance: first inside-the-park GS in the majors since 1999, Randy Winn, Tampa Bay Rays against the Yankees . . . first for a Phillies player since 1956, Ted Kazanski at the Polo Grounds against the New York Giants . . . became the third Phillies rookie with two homers, including a grand slam in a game, joining Mike Schmidt (1973) and Pat Burrell (twice in 2000). Sunday Aaron made the greatest catch of the season for the Phillies.

GPS and the Pope
Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia caused the Phillies to change their Amtrak travel plans following Sunday’s game. Because of street closings, potential traffic volume, tourist buses parking in the sports complex and uncertainty that buses could meet the traveling party of 60 at the 30th Street Station, the Phillies returned home from Washington, DC, today.  The charter train took them to Wilmington from where buses took them to Citizens Bank Park.

Many of the rookies on the team are staying in a center city hotel. Getting there Sunday night could have been problem. “Some of our guys haven’t been here that long and they only know one way home,” Frank Coppenbarger, Director, Team Travel, said. “The GPS doesn’t factor in the Pope.”

This Date In Phillies History
September 28, 1919
In the fastest game ever played in the major leagues, it takes the New York Giants 51 minutes to beat the Phillies, 6-1, at the Polo Grounds.  Most batters swung at the first pitch and ran the bases at will in the final game of the season.

September 28, 1958

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CF Richie Ashburn goes 3-for-4 in the final game of the season, a 6-4 win at Pittsburgh, to edge Willie Mays, .350 to .347, for the NL batting title.  The Phillies haven’t had a batting champion since.

September 28, 1983
C Bo Diaz has five hits, including two homers, and 2B Joe Morgan, four hits and three RBI, as the Phillies clinch the NL East, 13-6, at Chicago, their 14th win in the last 16 games.

September 28, 2003
Before a sellout crowd of 58,554, the final game in Vet history is won by the Atlanta Braves, 5-2.  Following the last out, emotional and memorable closing ceremonies are held featuring the 2003 Phillies and nearly 100 alumni, including Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Tug McGraw.

September 28, 2011
Phillies set club record for most wins in a season with 102 as they beat Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 13 innings. Charlie Manuel sets club record for most wins by a manager with 646, passing Gene Mauch.

Special Birthday
To Bobby Shantz, the left-handed pitcher who won the 1952 American League MVP with the Philadelphia A’s, who turned 90 on Saturday.   Bobby’s career ended in 1964 with the Phillies, who sent him a Phillies jersey with “Shantz 35” on the back, the number he wore with the Phils.  Bobby, his wife, Shirley and daughter will celebrated with their weekly round of golf on Tuesday, weather-permitting.

Around MLB
Marlins’ Jose Fernandez on Friday became the first pitcher ever to start off his career 17-0 at home. On Sunday, Dallas Keuchel finished unbeaten in Houston, 15-0, this season,

Pirates’ Gerrit Cole has 18 wins. Closer Mark Melancon saved 15 of them.

Each of the Rockies outfielders, Charlie Blackman, Carlos Gonzalez and Corey Dickerson homered in the fourth inning vs. the Dodgers on Friday night in Denver.  Only one other team in the last 12 years to match that, Blue Jays’ Alex Rios, Vernon Wells and Matt Stairs, May 20, 2007, at Citizens Bank Park off Geoff Geary. Phillies won, 5-3. Rollins and Utley played in that game as they did on Friday night.

The Orioles reached a franchise first by being shut out three straight games by the same team.  For Boston, three consecutive shutouts was the first for the Red Sox since 1958.


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