Phils Phinally Beat Mets

When the Phillies score four or more runs, they are 51-29. Less than four, 8-68. That pretty well defines their season.

Phinally a Philly win over the Mets, 4-3, last night, a defeat that snapped New York’s 11-game winning streak on the road. It was only third Phillies win in 17 games between the two clubs. While the Mets have clinched the division title, they are battling for the home field advantage in the playoffs which is huge.  By clinching the NL west last night, the Dodgers now trail the Mets by one game.

Ruf hit a three-run homer in the first and Altherr drove in the fourth run in the eighth inning. Duda went deep twice, including a two-run homer off Giles in the ninth. It was only the third homer Giles has yielded in his big league career. But, Giles struck out Travis d’Arnaud for his 14th save. Earlier, Travis’ older brother, Chase, struck out as a Phillies pinch hitter.  It was the first time they had been on a baseball field together since an all-star game in the minor leagues in 2009.

Loewen, one of six Phillies pitchers, picked his first win since 2007 and first hit since 2011 . . . Blanco was not at the game, instead he became a daddy, Adrian, his second son . . . Herrera returned from three days off and collected four hits . . . Franco could be back for the last three games this weekend.

Florida Instructional League
Phillies first game was Monday in Dunedin against the Blue Jays. CF Ramon Quinn was back on the field for the first time since he sustained a tear in his left hip flexor on June 13.  3B Maikel Franco had five at-bats.  Six pitchers worked for the Phillies. The FIL is all about instruction. Base-runners will work on stealing bases without the concern of being caught.  One reliever who was drafted in June threw a slider for the first time.  Another worked from a different side of the rubber and a third focused on being quicker to the plate with runners on base.

1915 Pennant
Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for excerpts from the September 30, 1915, Philadelphia Inquirer story about the Phillies pennant-clinching game from the day before.  The headline: PHILLIES, BEATING BRAVES, CAPTURE NATIONAL’S FLAG.

This Date In Phillies History
September 30, 1951
CF Richie Ashburn goes 4-for-8 in final game to finish with 221 hits, the first Phillie to lead the NL in 18 years.  Phillies defeat Brooklyn, 9-8, in 14 innings at Shibe Park.

September 30, 1971
CF Willie Montanez sets a club rookie record with his 30th home run as the Phillies end the season with a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh at the Vet.

September 30, 1978
LHP Randy Lerch (11-8) hits two home runs and picks up the win as the Phillies capture their third straight NL East title, 10-8, at Pittsburgh.

September 30, 2007
Phillies beat Washington, 6-1, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch National League
Eastern Division title in last game of season as New York Mets who were tied
with Phillies for first place lost to Florida, 8-1.

September 30, 2009
Phillies beat Houston, 10-3, at Citizens Bank Park and clinch National League
Eastern Division title with four games left for third straight year and eighth overall.

Around MLB
Phillies have used a club-record 30 pitchers this season, breaking the old mark (28) set in 2007.  Overall, they are tied for fourth behind Atlanta (37), Yankees (33) and Rangers (31).

Astros fell to third place in the AL west for the first time since April 18.

Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are headed for the playoffs.

Coming Next Spring
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 (triumphbooks.com).

 

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Has your publisher considered that an early release in March in Clearwater during spring training might be a good idea?

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