September 2016

Big Farewell Weekend


Can’t remember an icon ending his Phillies career as will happen with Ryan Howard this weekend at Citizens Bank Park.

Four Phillies Hall of Famers had different exits. Richie Ashburn was traded in the winter (1960) while Robin Roberts was sold to the Yankees in spring training (1961). Steve Carlton was released during the season (1986) and Mike Schmidt retired on the road during the season (1989). Howard’s teammates, Chase Utley (2015), Cole Hamels (2015) and Carlos Ruiz (2016), were traded during the season. Jimmy Rollins’ final season (2014) ended with a strained left hamstring on September 8. He was traded three months later.

None were able to receive a final farewell in front of Phillies fans. That’s about to change.

The Phillies will have a special pre-game presentation to Ryan at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Game time is 3:05 p.m. Remember, Saturday’s game time has been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. for a FOX national telecast as the Mets continue their push for a wildcard postseason berth.

While the Phillies are limping to the finish line there’s going to be the excitement of Ryan’s final games and trying to spoil the Mets season. Phillies fans will need to drown out the Mets fans.

Citizens Bank Park will be energized as the season closes. Cell phone cameras will be in action.

Howard HR Facts
Career, 381
Vs. Mets, 47, second most against any team
Citizens Bank Park, 197, most for any Phillies player
Batting fourth, 303
Batting fifth: 43
Number of pitchers, 255
RH pitchers, 290
LH pitchers, 91
Different ballparks, 26
Tonight’s pitcher: Gsellman, 0 in 3 AB
Saturday’s pitcher: Colon, 3 in 30 AB
Sunday’s pitcher: Syndergaard, 1 in 10 AB

On this date
2005, #23, Livan Hernandez at Washington
2007, #129, Mike Bacsik vs. Washington

Milestone HRs
#1 9/11/04 vs. Mets, Bartolome Fortunato, Shea Stadium
#100 6/27/07 vs. Reds, Aaron Harang, Citizens Bank Park
#200 7/16/09, vs. Marlins, Chris Volstad, Land Shark Stadium
#300 9/22/12, vs. Braves, Mike Minor, Citizens Bank Park

End Of Road
Jeanmar Gomez’s nightmarish month continued as the Phillies lost their last road game and their final game in Turner Field last night. Entering a 1-1 game in the eighth, he walked the leadoff hitter. It led to a four-run inning and a 5-2 defeat.

Jeremy Hellickson left the game after 3.1 innings because of a sprained right knee and the Phillies leading, 1-0. Hellickson scored that run after a single in the third inning. The other run came on a pair of two-out hits in the ninth.

So, the Phillies finished 34-47 on the road, losing six of their last seven. Yet, it was an improvement on last year’s road record (26-55).

5 Things
Five things to know about the Mets
**10-6 vs. Phillies this season
**4-2 at Citizens Bank Park
**Won the season series from the Phillies for the sixth straight year.
**Enter tonight’s game having scored 25 unanswered runs vs. the Phillies
**Bluntly, they own the Phillies

This Date
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 the National League
Eastern Division title with four games left for third straight year and eighth overall.

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Farewell Turner Field

Adam Morgan had a nine-pitch scoreless first inning. It went downhill from there as the Braves scored nine runs off him over the next three innings. He finished the game and his season having allowed nine runs on 10 hits in five innings. In four previous starts this month, he allowed a total of eight runs.

The leaky Phillies bullpen gave up three runs over the final four innings. Frank Herrmann’s .2 scoreless outing ended a streak in which 12 straight relievers allowed runs. On this 1-5 road trip, the bullpen has allowed 63 runs. Mercy.

Atlanta has won the season series five straight years . . . Phillies final flight home after tonight’s game . . . Mets will be in town for the final three games of the season. First game is 7:05 Friday night . . . A reminder: Saturday’s game has been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. for a FOX TV . . . All Sunday games in MLB will begin at 3:05 p.m. . . . Mets have scheduled right-handed starters meaning Ryan Howard will be in the lineup.

Howard HR Facts
Vs. Braves, 52, most against any team
At Turner Field, 23, most for any enemy ballpark
Batting fifth: 43
Tonight’s starter: Collmenter, 0

On this date:
2007, #128, John Rauch at Washington

Farewell Turner Field

Tonight the Phillies bid farewell to Turner Field in the final National League game in the Braves home. Three interleague games against the Tigers this weekend officially close the book.

The first game the Phillies played there was on June 16, 1997, a 5-4 loss. WP: Denny Neagle. LP: Matt Beech. SV: Mark Wohlers. CF Ricky Otero was the Phillies’ first batter. Darren Daulton hit the team’s first home run.

The Phillies greatest game there came on Labor Day two years ago when Cole Hamels-Jake Diekman-Ken Giles-Jonathan Papelbon threw the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.

Another big moment came on the final day of the 2011 season. Atlanta and St. Louis were tied for the wildcard berth while the Phillies had clinched their fifth straight division title. Rather than rest his regulars Charlie Manuel decided to stay with them in a very important game for the Braves and Cardinals. The Phillies franchise record 102nd win and a victory by St. Louis ended the Braves season. The Cardinals later eliminated the Phillies from the postseason.

The Phillies have played the Braves in South End Grounds, Braves Field and Fenway Park (Boston), County Stadium (Milwaukee), Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field (Atlanta). Next year, SunTrust Park. Phillies first game there is June 5.

Closing Enemy Parks
September 3, 1957–Phillies beat the Dodgers 3-2 in 12 innings to win the last major league game played in Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J. The Dodgers played eight home games in Jersey City in their final season in Brooklyn. Attendance: 10,190.

September 18, 1963–LHP Chris Short (8-11) wins the final game played at Polo Grounds, a 5-1 complete game. Attendance: 1,752.

September 26, 1976–Phillies win a doubleheader, 4-1 and 2-1, in the last games played in Montreal’s Jarry Park. First game win gives the Phillies the National League Eastern Division title. Second game shortened to seven innings because of rain. Attendance: 14,166.

Working on a player’s weakness and a change in positions are part of the instructional league camp. One focus for pitchers is throwing first pitch strikes. Josh Tobias, a switch-hitting second baseman who tried the outfield in Clearwater, played third base on Tuesday. reported that two players joined the Instructs and pushed the roster total to 64 players.  The new additions are LHP Oscar Marcelino and the PTBNL in the Carlos Ruiz trade, OF Joey Curletta.

This Date
September 29, 1907, 1st game
RHP George McQuillan’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ends at 25 innings, a Phillies record for the start of a career.

September 29, 1915
The Phillies clinch first NL pennant with a 5-0 win at Boston, a 1-hitter for RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, his 30th win. It is his fourth 1-hitter and 12th shutout of the season.

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Yet Another Bullpen Loss

If this is the final week in the Phillies career of Ryan Howard, he started it in grand style. He hit the first pitch he saw for his 15th career grand slam in the first inning. By the end of four innings, Jerad Eickhoff was working on a 6-1 lead, having allowed just one hit.

Then the rains came, a delay of nearly two hours. As it turned out, It didn’t rain long enough to postpone the game. The delay cooled the Phillies bats and robbed Eickhoff of a win. He’ll have one more start, the final game of the season Sunday.

The rains also meant the beleaguered Phillies’ bullpen would take over. Within four innings, the Braves led, 7-6, which was the final score. They’ve won five in a row over the Phillies.

One of the strangest patterns continued. On Saturday the Phillies scored 10 unanswered runs. The rest of that game and Sunday, the Mets scored 25 unanswered runs. Last night, six for the Phillies followed by seven by the Braves. Once again the game was decided by the bullpen which has eight blown saves, nine losses and allowed 69 runs this month.

Roman Quinn snapped a streak of six consecutive strikeouts by starting the game with three straight hits. He left the game with an oblique injury . . . Howard’s slam was his 15th, putting him in a tie for 13th place on the all-time list with Ken Griffey Jr. and Richie Sexson. Only three first basemen have hit more, Willie McCovey (18), Eddie Murray (19) and Lou Gehrig (23).

Howard HR Facts
Vs. Braves, 52, most against any team
At Turner Field, 23, most for any enemy ballpark
Batting fifth: 43
Tonight’s starter: Foltynewicz, 1
Thursday night’s starter: Collmenter, 0

On this date:
2007, #127, Arnie Munoz at Washington
2014, #334, Aaron Harang vs. Atlanta

MLB Note
From Elias Sports Bureau: A total of 107 players have hit 20 home runs this season, a major league high. Previous was 103 in 1999.

Player Development
Baseball America has released its list of the top 20 players in the Gulf Coast League.
Three are Phillies, #1, CF Mickey Moniak; #7, 2B Dan Brito and #15, OF Jhailyn Ortiz. Sixto Sanchez was named the Pitcher of the Year.

The Florida Instructional League season began on Monday with the Phillies hosting the Blue Jays at Bright House Field. Emphasis is on instruction and not statistics. It resembled a typical FIL game in that the Phillies used six different pitchers and 13 position players. Actually that’s September baseball in the major leagues these days.

Before the 1 o’clock afternoon game, the entire camp worked out at Carpenter Complex. That is a daily routine except for Sunday.

This Date
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.

September 28, 1958

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. Larry Bowa jumped on home plate during the ceremonies.

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.

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6 for #6

Not only is a season winding down, a career for a Phillies icon is nearing the finish line. Ryan Howard, the greatest first baseman in Phillies history, has six more potential starts, barring injury. Three right-handers are starting on the mound for the Braves in this series that begins tonight and Ryan is expected to be in the middle of the Phillies lineup as he’s done since he reached the majors 12 years ago.

After this series, the scene switches to Citizens Bank Park for three games against the Mets starting Friday night. Saturday’s game has been changed from 7:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. for a FOX telecast. It is only fitting that Mike Schmidt, the club’s all-time home run leader with 548, will be in the Phillies TV booth for the final game. He and Ryan are 1-2 in home runs for the Phillies and will be for a long time. They also have a special bond.

Howard’s currently sitting at 380 career homers which puts him in sole place for 70th on baseball’s all-time list. He’s hit one home run on this date, 2007, #126, John Smoltz vs. Atlanta.

Howard HR Phun Facts
Vs. Braves, 51, most against any team
At Turner Field, 22, most for any enemy ballpark
Tonight’s starter: Teheran, 2
Wednesday night’s starter: Foltynewicz, 1
Thursday night’s starter: Wisler, 0

Braves have won the last four games vs. the Phillies . . . Season series all tied at 8-8 . . . Last time the Phillies won the season series was 2011 (12-6) . . . Turner Field this season, 4-3 Phillies . . . Turner Field history, 88-82 Braves.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Braves.
**They are only 26-49 in their final season at Turner Field.
**13-9 this month, including 7 wins in last 8 games.
**Hit .237 before ASG; .278 since (32-34 record).
**They have used a club-record 16 different starting pitchers.
**22 extra-inning games (11-11).

The Phillies are the first team ever to have two first basemen with 20-plus home runs . . . Jimmy Rollins began as a TBS studio analyst on Sunday afternoon. He’ll also be there for the last Sunday and any TBS postseason games. Joining him are Gary Sheffield and Pedro Martinez. Jimmy has done similar TV in the past for FOX . . . Chase Utley has won the 2016 Roy Campanella Award as the Dodgers’ most inspirational player. Anyone surprised? Who makes the annual selection? The Dodger players . . . Vince Scully’s comment from his pre-game salute last week, “I’m going to retire, buy a small house with a large medicine cabinet.” . . . Baseball America has named Jorge Alfaro as the best defensive catcher in the minors.

Minor League Review
Each of the Phillies six domestic minor league affiliates finished above .500 for the first time since 1953 . . . Winning percentage for those six is .595, highest of all organizations . . . Four teams reached the playoffs . . . Phillies minor league players received one league MVP, one league Pitcher of the Year, one league Rookie of the Year, two Futures Game selections, four league Player of the Month Awards, 14 league Player of the Week honors.

Here are the organizational leaders from the four full season affiliates: LV (Lehigh Valley), RE (Reading), CL (Clearwater) and LA (Lakewood).

Hitting Leaders
G 1b Rhys Hoskins (RE), 135
AB 2B Scott Kingery (CL-RE), 531
R RF Dylan Cozens (RE), 106
H Kingery 149
2B Cozens, 38
3B CF Roman Quinn (RE)/Nick Williams (LV), 6
TB Cozens, 308
BB SS J. P. Crawford (RE-LV), 72
SO Cozens, 186
SB Quinn, 31
OBP Hoskins, .377
SLG Cozens, .591
AVG OF Andrew Pullin (CL-RE), .322
OPS Hoskins, .943

Pitching Leaders
G LH Rodriguez (CL-RE-LV), 53
GS RH Ben Lively (RE-LV), 28
CG LH Anthony Vasquez (RE-LV), 3
W Lively, 18-5
L 3 with 9
ERA RH Jake Thompson (LV), 2.50
SV RH Edward Mujica (LV), 26
IP Vasquez, 172.1
H Vasquez, 168
R RH Ricardo Pinto (RE), 84
BB Pinto/RH Nick Pivetta (RE-LV), 51
SO RH Jose Taveras (LA), 154
WHIP Lively, 0.94

Instructional League
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This Date

1949, Happy Birthday, Mike Schmidt.

September 27, 1977
RHP Larry Christenson wins his 18th game and drives in five runs as the Phillies capture their second NL East title, 15-9, over Chicago at Wrigley Field, their 101st win for the second straight year.

September 27, 2003

Phillies beat Atlanta, 7-6, in 10 innings for their final win at Veterans Stadium. Jim Thome hits the last home run and Rheal Cormier is last Phillies pitcher to win a game at Veterans Stadium.

September 27, 2008
The Phillies beat Washington, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up Eastern Division title with one game left.

September 27, 2010
For first time, Phillies win Eastern Division Crown four consecutive years as they beat Nationals, 8-0, in Washington with five games to go.

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(Will blog daily through the rest of the season and Ryan Howard’s farewell).

Blowout Ends Wild Series

Expanded September rosters were on full display during a Phillies four-game series against the Mets at Citi Field. Continuing their mastery of the Phillies, the Mets won three, including 17-0 on Sunday.

That’s the most runs the Mets ever scored against the Phillies in 946 meetings. It is the second biggest shutout loss in Phillies history to 28-0 at the hands of the Providence Grays, August 21, 1883. One would hope that record will never be broken.

Sunday’s blow-out was the only game the Phillies couldn’t have won. Their lone win came Saturday night when they led 10-0 before the Mets had a base runner. That game ended 10-8 with the winning run at the plate in the ninth.

Statistical Randomness
In the four-game series the two teams combined for……..
Runs: 67
Hits: 88
Walks: 42
Hit By Pitch: 9
Strikeouts: 75
Players: 159, including 43 relief pitchers
Pitches thrown: 1,464
Time: 15 hours, 22 minutes
Balks: 0

This show leaves Broadway for Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (3:05), the final three games of the regular season.

Road Show
The Phillies play their final three road games in Atlanta starting on Tuesday night. The games are the last National League games to be played in Turner Field, home of the Braves since 1997. The final games are this weekend, an interleague series with the Detroit Tigers.

The Braves will have a new ballpark next year. That means Citizens Bank Park will be the oldest park in the National League East. Shocking.

Minor League Review
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division

Finished second in the division, 85-58, the second-best AAA record . . . Earned wildcard berth but lost Division Series playoffs to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 3-0 . . . It was the second time LV made the postseason; 2011 being the other . . . 85 wins were the most by a Phillies AAA affiliate since 2002 . . . Attendance: 611,015; average (8,729) ranked fourth in IL. It marked the ninth straight season attendance exceeded 600,000, longest streak in the minors.

Team Notes
The IronPigs never lost more than three games in a row . . . 3.12 ERA was a franchise low . . . 42-30 at home; 43-28 on the road . . . Set club record by hitting 122 home runs . . . Pitching staff led league with a 1.15 WHIP, was second in ERA (3.12) and third in shutouts (18).

Player Notes
RH Jake Thompson was named the IL’s Most Valuable Pitcher . . . Thompson (2.50) and RH Ben Lively (3.06) finished 1-2 in ERA in the league . . . Lively and Thompson shared league high in W (11); combined with Reading, Lively all minor leaguers in wins (18-5) . . . Lively and Thompson, 1-2, in WHIP, 0.93-1.10.

All-Stars: C Andrew Knapp, OF Cameron Perkins, RHR Edward Mujica were selected for the AAA All-Star Game. Knapp homered and Perkins drove in the winning run . . . Thompson was named to the IL postseason All-Star team.

Hitting Leaders

G OF Nick Williams, 125 (photo)
AB Williams, 497
R Williams, 78
H Williams, 128
2B Williams, 33
3B Williams, 6
HR LF-1B Darin Ruf, 20
RBI Ruf, 65
TB Williams, 212
BB 1B Brock Stassi, 60
SO Williams, 136
SB INF-OF Darnell Sweeney, 12
OBP Stassi, .369
SLG Ruf, .529 (led league)
AVG OF Cedric Hunter/Ruf, .294
OPS Ruf, .885

Pitching Leaders

G RH Luis Garcia, 48
GS RH David Buchanan, 26
CG LH Anthony Vasquez, 2
ShO RH Ben Lively, 1 (photo)
W Lively/RH Jake Thompson, 11-5
L Buchanan, 10-9
ERA Thompson, 2.50 (led league)
SV RH Edward Mujica, 26
IP Buchanan, 167.1
H Buchanan, 163
R Buchanan, 81
BB Buchanan, 45
SO Buchanan, 95
WHIP Lively, 0.93 (led league)

Instructional League
Phillies play their first game (Blue Jays) a 1 this afternoon in Bright House Field. Rest of the week: Tuesday (Yankees, home, 1 p.m.), Thursday (at Yankees complex in Tampa, 1), Friday (at Pirate City in Bradenton, 10 a.m.) and Saturday (Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex, 10). No games are played on Sundays.

Seven Phillies minor leaguers assigned to the Arizona Fall League will report to Carpenter Complex this week before flying to Phoenix next week: RHR Victor Arano, LHS Brandon Leibrandt, RHR Miguel Nunez, LHR Jeff Singer, 2B Scott Kingery, 3B Mitch Walding, OF Aaron Brown. Season starts October 11.

This Date

Happy Birthday: Former pitcher with the Philadelphia A’s and Phillies, Bobby Shantz, 91 today.

September 26, 1954
CF Richie Ashburn finishes the season by playing in his 730th straight game, a Phillies all-time record that still stands. The streak began June 7, 1950, and ended when Ashburn failed to make the 1955 opener after getting injured in a collision with LF Del Ennis during a spring training exhibition game at Wilmington, DE.

September 26, 1976, 1st game
After watching a lead of 15 ½ games on August 24, 1976, slip to three games in three weeks, the Phillies clinch their first post-season title in 26 years, 4-1 over the Expos in Jarry Park, the final day for the Montreal ballpark.

September 26, 1998, 2nd game
RHP Curt Schilling strikes out seven Florida batters in his final start to finish with 300 strikeouts, only the fifth big league pitcher with 300 or strikeouts in back-to-back seasons.

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Bitter Improbable Loss


Back on April 9, a Saturday at Citi Field, the 0-4 Phillies were clinging to a 1-0 lead after eight innings. The bullpen had allowed 15 runs in 10 innings during the 0-4 start so Pete Mackanin turned to Jeanmar Gomez. Six pitches later, Gomez recorded his first Phillies save.

Last night on the very same mound, Gomez came on in the bottom of the ninth trying to save a 6-4 lead. On August 13, he recorded his 30th save. Since then the bottom fell out and it happened again as he gave up a one-out, two-run homer sending the game into extra innings. In 17 games since August 13, he’s allowed 17 runs in 13.2 innings.

Scoring two runs in the 11th, the Phillies led for the third time in the game. 23-year-old Edubray Ramos, who was in Reading when the season started, came on to try and record his first major league save. A one-out walk, single and walk-off three-run homer lifted the Mets to an improbable 9-8 win. For the Phillies, a bitter two-blown saves loss, also improbable.

Once again a Phillies starter pitched well. This time it was Adam Morgan who allowed three runs in five innings while striking out eight. The rest of the Mets runs came against the bullpen.

Ryan Howard, Cameron Rupp and Maikel Franco all hit homers for the Phillies. Two came off the Mets starter who gave up three runs in five innings. The rest of the Phillies runs came off the Mets’ bullpen.

Morgan’s outing was the 19th consecutive start in which the starter has allowed three runs or less, matching the 1989 rotation. Three years earlier the rotation had a 19-game streak . . . Cesar Hernandez continued to excel as the leadoff hitter: 2 hits, 3 walks, 3 runs. He’s reached base in 27 straight games, longest since Chase Utley’s 28-game streak in 2011 . . . 409 pitches were thrown by 19 different pitchers in the 4-hour, 23 minute marathon.

On Twitter
Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
“What do Dusty Baker, Buck Showalter and Pete Mackanin have in common? They are only managers this year not to be ejected, per @sfgwir”

Minor League Review
Reading Fightin Phils, Eastern League Eastern Division

Won Eastern Division title (89-52) during the season before losing the Division Series playoffs to Trenton, 3-2 . . . Best record in league for two straight years . . . Win total was second in Reading’s history (96-44, 1983) . . . Attendance: 420,320, tops in the league. Exceeded 400,000 for the 18th time in the last 19 years

Team Notes
Reading led the Eastern League in batting (.270), runs (790), hits (1,309), doubles (270), home runs (185), RBI (747), walks (515), slugging percentage (.450) and on-base percentage (.344). No other team came within 154 runs or 50 home runs of Reading.

Player Notes
Cozens (40) and Hoskins (38) were the top two home run leaders in the minor leaguers . . . Cozens led all double-A players in HR, RBI (125) and R (106). Set Reading franchise records in HR (Darin Ruf, 36) and RBI (Greg Luzinski, 120) . . . . . . Post-season honors: Cozens, the EL MVP; Hoskins, EL Rookie of the Year; Dusty Wathan, EL Manager of the Year . . . Cozens and Hoskins, co-winners of the Paul Owens Award for best hitters.

All-Stars: July 13 All-Star Game selections: C Jorge Alfaro, Hoskins, Cozens, 2B Jesmuel Valentin, RHS Nick Pivetta, LHR Hoby Milner . . . Cozens and Hoskins were selected to the postseason All-Star Team.

Hitting Leaders

G 1b Rhys Hoskins, 135
AB RF Dylan Cozens, 521 (photo)
R Cozens, 106
H Cozens, 144
2B Cozens, 38
3B CF Roman Quinn, 6
HR Cozens, 40
RBI Cozens, 125
TB Cozens, 308
BB Hoskins, 71
SO Cozens, 186
SB Quinn, 31
OBP Hoskins, 377
SLG Cozens, 591
AVG INF KC Serna, .295
OPS Hoskins, .943

Pitching Leaders

G RH, Miguel Nunez, 45
GS RH, Ricardo Pinto, 25
W RH Nick Pivetta, 11-6 (photo)
L 6 by 3 different pitchers
ERA RH Mark Leiter, 3.39
SV Nunez, 17
IP Pinto, 156.0
H Pinto, 150
R Pinto, 84
BB Pinto, 51
SO Pivetta, 111
WHIP Leiter Jr., 1.17

This Date
September 23, 1916
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 7-3 and 4-0 complete-game wins over Cincinnati at Baker Bowl and ties a major league record by walking only one batter. Almost a year later (September 3) he does it again, 5-0 and 9-3, at Brooklyn, allowing one walk. Time of game: 1:33 for first game; 2:07 for second. Wins were #30-31.

September 23, 1965, 1st game
RHP Jim Bunning’s fifth-inning strikeout is his 242nd of the season, breaking the club record held by RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander (241, 1915). Bunning wins, 11-5, at Wrigley Field.

September 23, 1983

A 6-2, 12-strikeout victory at St. Louis gives LHP Steve Carlton his 300th career win, the 16th pitcher in baseball history to reach that milestone.

September 24, 1911
St. Louis scores in the sixth inning to break rookie RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander’s 41 consecutive scoreless innings streak, a Phillies record that hasn’t been broken.

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).

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Eickhoff Beats Sale


Jerad Eickhoff is a bulldog and a battler. His second pitch of the game landed in the right field seats. That was it until he yielded consecutive home runs in the seventh inning. Unaccustomed to run support, he got plenty last night, 8-3, over the White Sox.
When the Phillies have scored three or more runs for Eickhoff this year, they are 12-1.

The other hits Eickhoff gave up were singles in his seven-inning outing that stretched the Phillies streak to 18 straight game in which the starting pitcher allowed three earned runs or fewer (2.37 ERA best in the majors). He’s now worked a career-high 187.1 innings. His previous high was 154.1 in AA ball two years ago.


Tommy Joseph helped lead the offense with an RBI double in the three-run first inning and a two-run homer two innings later. This month he’s hitting .340, 4 homers, 11 RBI. The 3-4-5 hitters, Maikel Franco-Joseph-Cameron Rupp, were 6-13 with 7 RBI. From Elias Sports Bureau: It’s the first time in over nine years that Philadelphia’s starters in the third, fourth and fifth spot in the batting order each produced multiple hits and RBIs in a victory, since Utley-Howard Burrell it in a win over the Astros on April 17, 2008.

LH Chris Sale is a perennial Cy Young candidate. His worst outings this season were against the two lowest scoring teams in the NL, the Phillies and Braves. The Phillies chased him after 6 runs in 4 innings. Vs. Atlanta in early July, 8 runs in 6 innings. He was 0-4 vs. the NL this season.

Phillies’ first winning record (11-9) in interleague play since 2011 (9-6) . . . Phillies scored 41 runs in the 6-3 homestand. In the previous disaster 0-6 homestand, 11 runs . . . Four Phillies were hit by pitches, matching the club record at Brooklyn in 1904 and at Cincinnati in 1960 . . . 26 consecutive game on-base streak for Cesar Hernandez, longest since Chase Utley’s 28 streak in 2011 . . . Adam Morgan, tonight’s starter, last won on September 6. Since then, he’s 0-1 for 2 starts, allowing just two earned runs

New York, New York
Ten. That’s how many games are left starting tonight in Citi Field. Seven of the 10 are against the Mets who are in the thick of the wildcard race. Last three games of the season against the Mets are at Citizens Bank Park. It will most likely be Ryan Howard’s final games in a Phillies uniform.

Once termed the “Amazing Mets” a long time ago, they’ve reclaimed that tag this year despite losing their starting third baseman, second baseman, two starting pitchers and one reliever for the season. First baseman Lucas Duda just returned after being on the disabled list since May 20. Plus Steven Matz, a third starter, has been out since mid-August with a shoulder impingement. He’s listed to start Friday.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Mets.
**Fresh from losing 3 games at home vs. Atlanta.
**20-10 in last 30 games.
**Have hit a franchise record 105 homers at home and 205 for the season.
**Have 7-5 season edge over the Phillies but 3-3 at Citi Field.
**Team ERA is 3.54; team batting average, .242.

Minor League Review
Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division

Finished second in both halves and fell short of reaching the playoffs . . . Overall record (82-54) was the best record in the league for the second straight seasosn . . . Attendance: 181,594, second highest ever, led the league for the sixth straight year.

Team Notes
Led the league in wins, 82 and hits, 1,192 . . . Tied for high in saves, 41.

Player Notes
RH Drew Anderson, RH Will Morris and RH Victor Arano combined on a July 11 no-hitter vs. St. Lucie . . . 1B Kyle Martin set a franchise record with 19 home runs. Also set a league record by going 95 games without an error; first error on August 25. .998 fielding percentage tied a league record . . . LHS Elniery Garcia’s .219 opponent’s batting average tied for lowest in FSL.

All-Stars: Selected to the North Division squad: RHS Tom Eshelman, LHS Elniery Garcia, RHR Alexis Rivero, C Chace Numata, 1B Zach Green, 2B Scott Kingery, 3B Mitch Walding, OF Carlos Tocci, OF Cord Sandberg . . . Walding won the ASG Home Run Deerby . . . Post-season: 1B Kyle Martin, Kingery, Walding and Tocci; Manager Greg Legg, names to post-season All-Star team as a coach.

Hitting Leaders

G OF Carlos Tocci, 127
AB Tocci, 500
R 1B Kyle Martin, 68 (photo)
H Tocci, 142
2B 2B Scott Kingery, 29
3B SS Malquin Canelo, 5
HR Martin, 19
RBI Martin, 82
TB Martin, 194
BB 3B Mitch Walding, 52
SO Martin, 117
SB Kingery, 26
OBP C Chace Numata, .377
SLG Walding, .440
AVG Numata, .308
OPS Walding, .812

Pitching Leaders

G RH Ulises Joaquin, 46
GS LH Elniery Garcia, 19 (photo)
W Garcia, 12-4
L RH Ranfi Casimiro, 4-9
ERA Garcia, 2.68
SV Joaquin, 10
IP Garcia, 117.2
H Casimiro, 109
R Casimiro, 67
BB LH Matt Imhoff, 43
SO Garcia, 91
WHIP Garcia, 1.10

This Date
September 22, 2008
Greg Dobbs sets Phillies record for most pinch hits in a season when he gets his 22nd at
Citizens Bank Park in eighth inning against Atlanta as Phillies beat Braves, 6-2.

Who’s On 3rd? has a story about the top five in games played at third base in
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Phils Hang On


The starting rotation is headed in one direction and the bullpen the opposite. Both were evident in last night’s 7-6 win over the White Sox, a game in which Michael Mariot was called on to get a one-out save, his first in his 39-game big-league career.

Jeanmar Gomez’s struggled as he allowed three runs in .2 of an inning after entering the ninth with the Phillies up, 7-3.

Starter Jake Thompson wasn’t as sharp as his recent outings, throwing 95 pitches in five innings and allowing a three-run homer. Still his effort extended the streak of the starters not allowing more than three runs in 17 straight games, last done by the Phillies in July 2000. The congregate ERA for the starters in that streak is 2.26. The bullpen, in the same 16 games, now has a 5.96 ERA with six losses and five blown saves.

Offensively the Phillies came live led by Odubel Herrera’s three hits, his fifth straight multi-hit game. Herrera is 15-28 in his last seven games. The number 2-3-4 hitters, Ramon Quinn-Herrera-Tommy Joseph, combined to go 7-11, 5 runs, 6 RBI, 2 walks, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 stolen bases, 1 strikeout.

Herrera’s homer was #15 giving the Phillies six players with 15 or more for the second time. First was 2004, Bobby Abreu, David Bell, Pat Burrell, Mike Lieberthal, Placido Polanco and Jim Thome . . . Ryan Howard, barring a set-back, is expected back in the lineup Thursday night. Plan is to start him in the final three games of the season which will be played at home . . . Cesar Hernandez has reached base in 25 straight games . . . Lefty Chris Sale, one of the game’s premier pitchers, will be on the mound tonight. He has a 73-48, 2.94 ERA in his seven seasons. He’s never faced the Phillies. Maybe it will ran tonight.

Spoiler Time
Phillies will bus to New York after the game to begin a four-game series against the Mets who are in the thick of the wildcard race. The same two teams end the season with three games at Citizens Bank Park, September 30-October 1-2. Spoiling the Mets’ postseason party would be a good way to end the season.

For the second straight year every last game of the season will begin at 3:05 EDT. MLB started this a year ago to capture all the excitement of the postseason races.

Last Trip
Series in New York is followed by a day off in Atlanta on Monday and the final three road games starting on Tuesday night. That series will be the final National League games in Turner Field history. The last three games follow with the Detroit Tigers as the opponent. The Braves will have a new park next year.

Minor League Review
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division.

Finished 6th in first half, 29-40; started season 1-9 . . . Won second half, 44-25, by 5 games over Hagerstown; 24 wins in last 30 games . . . 74-65 overall, second in division to Hagerstown; won 25 of their last 35 games . . . Won Division Playoff Series vs. Hagerstown, 2-0 . . . Lost Championship Series to Rome Braves, 3-1.

Team Notes
Led SAL in attendance for 16th straight season, 353,080 . . . Second in team average (.266), fifth in ERA (3.53), tied for 1st in shutouts (14) and pitchers led in strikeouts (1,267).

Player Notes
RF Jose Pujols lead all Low-A players with 24 home runs, a Lakewood club record . . . RHS Jose Taveras led the SAL and all Phillies minor leaguers with 154 strikeouts.

All-Stars: 2B Josh Tobias, RF Jose Pujols.

Hitting Leaders

G RF Jose Pujols, 128 (photo)
AB Pujols, 498
R Pujols, 67
H Pujols, 120
2B 3B Damek Tomscha, 32
3B four with 3
HR Pujols, 24 (led league)
RBI Pujols, 82
TB Pujols, 219
BB Pujols, 44
SO Pujols, 179
SB INF Grenny Cumana, 17
AVG 2B Josh Tobias, .304
OBP Tobias, .375
SLG Tobias, .444
OPS Tobias, .819

Pitching Leaders

G RH Jacob Waguespack/RH Zach Morris, 43
GS LH Tyler Gilbert/RH Franklyn Kilome, 23
W Morris 8-3/RH Jose Taveras, 8-8 (photo)
L Gilbert, 7-9
SV RH Sutter McLoughlin, 14
IP Taveras, 137.1
H Gilbert, 136
BB Kilome, 50
SO Taveras, 154 (led league)
ERA RH Harold Arauz, 3.18
WHIP Taveras, 1.03 (led league)

This Date
September 21, 1911
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander hurls his fourth straight shutout at Chicago, 4-0, first game. Others were September 7 (at Braves), 13 (Dodgers) and 17 (at Reds).

September 21, 1981
LHP Steve Carlton passes RHP Bob Gibson as the NL’s all-time strikeout leader when he fans Montreal CF Andre Dawson in the third inning for his 3,118th strikeout. Expos win, 1-0, in 17 innings at Montreal.

September 21, 2010

Harry Leroy Halladay (Doc) Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 6", Weight: 225 lb. Born: May 14, 1977 in Denver, CO (Age 38.238) High School: Arvada West HS (Arvada, CO) Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 1995 amateur draft. Signed June 30, 1995. (All Transactions) Debut: September 20, 1998 (Age 21.129, 14,991st in MLB history)   vs. TBD 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 SO, 2 BB, 2 ER Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1999 season [*] Teams (by GP): BlueJays/Phillies 1998-2013 Agents: CAA Sports (Greg Landry), previously: Randy Hendricks, Alan Hendricks [*] Last Game: September 23, 2013 (Age 36.132)   vs. MIA 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Phillies beat Atlanta, 5-3, as Roy Halladay becomes first Phillies right hander to win 20 games since Robin Roberts in 1955. Halladay sets club record for most wins in a season at Citizens Bank Park with 12.

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End of Interleague Play

Eleven. That’s how many games are left on the Phillies season schedule after tonight when they host the Chicago White Sox in the final interleague series of the year. The teams met in Chicago last month with each winning a game.

The Phillies most interleague success came against the Cleveland Indians whom they swept in a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park at the end of April, 4-3, 4-3, 2-1. Least success, 1-3 vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.

For the year, the Phillies are 9-9, the most wins since their last winning season in 2011, 9-6. Club record for interleague wins, 11-7, in 1999.

Next year the Phillies get to host the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Oakland A’s. They go to the Texas Rangers, Boston, Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Phillies won their first ever game against the Angels, June 9, 2009 in Anaheim. They’ve lost the last nine. Yikes.

5 Things
Five things about the White Sox:
**Fresh from losing the last three games of a four-game series in Kansas City.
**Even in interleague play, 9-9.
**They were two over .500 at the ASG; eight under since.
**Have played 50 one-run games, 22-28.
**Chris Sale, tomorrow night’s starter, has a 3.03 ERA, second lowest in the AL.

Thompson gave up 7 runs in 5 innings against the White Sox on August 23; since then, 7 total runs in his next four start, 25.1 innings . . . Galvis has hit 11 of his 20 homers at home this season, 26 of 40 career . . . All of Herrera’s homers are off right-handers; 10 in the first half . . . When Howard homers, Phillies are 230-119 (.659) in his career . . . When the Phillies trail after 8 innings they are 1-70 . . . When the starting pitcher lasts less than six innings, 19-41 . . . Phillies 12 shutouts are third in the NL behind the Dodgers (15) and Cubs (14) . . . A. J. Ellis has caught 53 career shutouts, seventh most among active catchers.

Minor League Review
Williamsport Crosscutters . . . 39-36, second place in New York-Penn League Pinckney Division . . . Had division’s best home record, 23-14 . . . 2.70 team ERA, second in league and second all-time in franchise’s short-season history . . . 19-9 in July . . . Attendance: 60,429.

Player Notes
LHS Ranger Suarez, 21, threw the franchise’s first no-hitter since 2013, July 26 vs. Auburn, game 1 of a DH at home. He walked the first batter, induced a double-play and retired the next 19 in the 7-inning gem.

All-Star Game: RHS Adonis Medina, Suarez, OF Jesus Alastre.

Hitting Leaders

AVG OF Jesus Alastre, .290
G 1B Darick Hall, 57 (photo)
AB CF David Martinelli, 217
R DHall, 27
H DHall, 55
2B DHall, 19 (led league)
3B OF Luke Maglich, 3
HR DHall, 9
TB DHall, 101
RBI DHall, 29
BB 3B Lucas Williams/Maglich, 20
SO DHall/Martinelli, 57
SB Alastre, 14
OBP DHall, .372
SLG DHall, .518 (led league)
OPS DHall, .890

Pitching Leaders

G RH Will Hibbs, 19
GS 4 with 13
W LH Ranger Suarez, 6-4 (photo)
L LH Bailey Falter, 1-6
SV Hibbs, 4
ShO LH JoJo Romero/Suarez, 1
IP Suarez, 73.2
BB RH Adonis Medina/Suarez, 24
SO Falter, 59
ERA LH Cole Irvin, 1.97
WHIP Irvin, 0.96

This Date
September 20, 1987
3B Mike Schmidt hits 487th home run as a third baseman in a 4-1 win at Montreal to break Eddie Mathews’ all-time record.

September 20, 1992

After snaring a low line drive hit by 3B Jeff King, 2B Mickey Morandini pulls off the first unassisted triple play in Phillies history during the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh, retiring Barry Bonds for the third out.

September 20, 2014
RHP Jerome Williams, a late-season waiver wire addition, earns the victory in a 3-0 win over Oakland. Williams had beaten Oakland twice before earlier in the season, once
for Houston and once for Texas. He became the first major leaguer to beat the same team three times in a season while playing for three different teams. (

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Series Sweep, Not


Hellickson was brilliant with his complete-game shutout on Saturday night setting the stage for a sweep of the series on Sunday afternoon. A sloppy eighth inning Sunday turned a possible sweep in a game that made you weep. A lead-off walk, two-run homer off the left-field foul pole, botched popup when Hernandez and Joseph bumped into each other for a two-base error and a two-out infield hit on which Franco’s throw was wide of first base. Three runs on two hits and a Marlins win.

In winning two of three, the Phillies won the season series from the Marlins for the seventh straight season. Starters Morgan-Hellickson and Asher combined to allow two earned runs in 17.2 innings, two walks and 13 strikeouts. Granted, biggest chunk of those numbers came from Hellickson’s three-hitter, his first shutout in five seasons. His first-pitch strikes, 23 of 30.


With his 11th homer in his last 36 games on Sunday, Galvis reached 20, his total from five previous seasons. He’s the eighth shortstop with 20 homers, the most in MLB for that position in one season. He committed his seventh error Sunday after 51 consecutive errorless games and second of the second half. That’s Gold Glove stuff.

Sunday Morning Tweet
Matt Gelb @MattGelb “Today is the first time the Phillies have fielded a lineup of nine players under the age of 27 since May 17, 1961.”

For the first time since 2012, the Phillies used only nine players in Saturday’s win, just the ninth time in the majors this season . . . Howard had fluid drained from his puffy left knee reported Sunday . . . Herrera is 12-24 over his last six games . . . Hernandez has reached base in 24 consecutive games . . . Phillies were 54-7 after the eighth-inning going into Sunday . . . Over the past two games the Phillies scored seven runs in the first inning. Before that, 48, the fewest in the majors . . . For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies have four infielders with 20 or more homers, Galvis, Howard, Joseph and Franco . . . Overall, only once have the Phils had five players over 20: Howard, Utley, Rollins, Burrell and Ibanez in 2009.

Day off on Monday is followed by two night games against the Chicago White Sox and the end of interleague play for this season. Two teams split two games in Chicago last month. Phillies have won eight of 14 meetings overall against the White Sox, who are 1-5 at Citizens Bank Park (2007 & 2013).

Rookie Homers
There have been six Phillies rookies to hit 20 or more home runs.
30 Willie Montanez, 1971, 599 AB, 19.9 per AB
29 Dick Allen, 1964, 632 AB
22 Ryan Howard, 2005, 312 AB, 14.1 per AB
21 Scott Rolen, 1997, 561 AB
20 Larry Hisle, 1969, 482 AB
20 Tommy Joseph, 2016, 288 AB, 14.4 per AB

Minor League Report
Paul Owens Award
Reading RF Dylan Cozens and 1b Rhys Hoskins, co-winners of the Paul Owens Award as the best hitters in the Phillies minor league system, will receive their awards pre-game on Tuesday night. Receiving the pitching award is RHS Ben Lively, an 18-game winner between Reading and Lehigh Valley.

Presenting the awards will be GM Matt Klentak; Director, Player Development, Joe Jordan, and three grandchildren of the late Paul Owens, Geoff Owens, Drew Owens and Paulette Kohout.

Lively will be on the pre-game radio show and Cozens in-game TV on Tuesday. Cozens and Hoskins will be guests on pre-game radio on Wednesday with Lively and Hoskins in-game TV. All three will participate in a Meet & Greet with season ticket holders pre-game that night.

This Date…yesterday
1903, 2nd game
RHP Chick Fraser throws the Phillies first no-hitter of the century, 10-0, at Chicago. For loser RHP George (Peaches) Graham, it is his only big league appearance.

RHP Robin Roberts defeats the New York Giants, 7-4, at the Polo Grounds improving his record to 28-7, most victories in the majors since 1935. “Robbie” led the NL in complete games (30) and innings pitched (330).

LHP Chris Short (8-11) wins the final game played at Polo Grounds, a 5-1 complete game. New York Giants RF Jim Hickman hits the last home run. Attendance is 1,752.

RHP Rick Wise sets a club record by retiring 32 consecutive batters in a 4-3, 12-inning complete game win over Chicago at the Vet. Wise wins own game with a single. His line: 12 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.

2B Mariano Duncan belts his second grand slam homer of the season as the Phillies clinch the NL East crown with a 10-7 victory at Pittsburgh. Slam is the Phillies eighth, a new club record for a single season.

This Date….today

CF Richie Ashburn breaks the club record for career hits (2,211) with a seventh-inning single off the first base bag in a 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Connie Mack Stadium. Ed Delahanty (1888-89; 1891-1901) held the record.

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