October 2015

Hey, Game Today at Noon

With rainy weather coming Thursday night, Major League Baseball moved the starting time from 7:05 p.m. to 12:05 p.m. for the series finale between the Mets and Phillies. Last time it happened to the Phillies was September 18, 2003 when a 7:05 night game was moved to 1:05 in the afternoon also because of a bad weather forecast.  The Marlins were the opponent at Veterans Stadium.  Phillies won, 5-4, on a Jim Thome home run in the eighth inning.

Wednesday night’s 7:05 game ended at 11:05. Next game in 13 hours.  Both teams needed to sleep fast.

Seven batters into the game, the Mets had five runs. Asher exited after getting just two outs.  Seven Phillies relievers held the Mets scoreless the rest of the game, allowing just three hits.  It was the most innings pitched without being charged with a run by Philadelphia’s bullpen since April 25, 1991 when they threw nine scoreless innings, also against the Mets, in a 5-3 win. The Phillies relievers that night were Tommy Greene, Joe Boever, Roger McDowell and Mitch Williams. (Elias Sports Bureau)

For the second straight night, the Phillies winning pitcher retired one batter. Loewen on Tuesday and Roberts on Wednesday. Roberts is the eighth Phillies rookie to taste victory.

In the sixth inning, the nine hole in the Mets batting order had a pinch-hitter, pinch-runner and four pitchers. The Phillies scored three times in the bottom of the sixth on two walks, a two-run single, a hit batter and two wild pitches. The Phillies lead run in that inning and an insurance run in the eighth came on wild pitches.  Their last five runs came on three hits.

The game featured 17 pitchers, 10 walks, four hit batters and seven wild pitches. Number of pitches? 342. No wonder pitching coaches have gray hair.

Most Dramatic Phillies Home Run?

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It happened 65 years ago today in Brooklyn by a player wearing #8.  For complete details visit http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

This Date In Phillies History
October 1, 1982
RHP Terry Leach pitches 10, 10inning 1hitter against Phillies. Luis Aguayo’s triple in 5th is lone hit.  RHP John Denny pitches 1hitter through 9 innings (Dave Kingman single in 2nd).

October 1, 2008
NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: Phillies earn first postseason win in 15 years with a 3-1 decision over the Brewers. Cole Hamels tosses eight shutout innings to get the win, retiring the first 14 batters.

October 1, 2011
NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: Ryan Howard’s three-run homer keys a five-run sixth inning as the Phillies defeat the Cardinals, 11-6.  Roy Halladay retires the last 21 batters to earn the win.

Around MLB
Despite the loss, the Mets maintain a one-game lead over the Dodgers in the home field advantage as LA lost last night in SF.

Cardinals have won 100 games for the ninth time, a National League record.

For the first time all games on Sunday, the final day of the regular season, will begin at 3:05 p.m. EDT.  MLB looked to create more excitement on the last day by having a universal starting time.  As it turns out, only the home field advantage may go down to the wire in the National League.  American League still has the Western division winner and one wild card team at stake. Rangers, Astros, Angels and Twins are in that mix. Angels are at the Rangers in a four-game series that begins Thursday night.