No Storm, No Offense
What do tropical storm Hermine and the Phillies offense have in common?
Neither showed up at Citizens Bank Park yesterday.
Atlanta swept three weekend games ending the Phillies homestand at 0-6 (29 hits and 11 runs scored in six games). In Phillies history they’ve had four winless homestands (six or more games). Two have come this year.
Jake Thompson had his second consecutive solid start. He has a 1.93 ERA for 14 innings in those starts. His run support, zero. Zero is also the number of runs the Phillies scored off Atlanta’s bullpen this weekend. At home the Phillies are hitting .222 and have scored 222 runs, 3.22 runs a game.
The Phillies are hitting .252 and scoring 4.15 runs per game on the road. That’s where they will be this week, starting this afternoon in Miami (3 days, 3 games) and ending with four in Washington beginning on Thursday. Next 14 games are against NL teams in the running for postseason berths.
Five things to know about the Marlins:
**Fresh from 0-3 weekend in Cleveland; 2-8 in last 10 games
**7-6 edge over Phillies in season series; 3-3 at home
**.267 team average is second to the Rockies’ .276.
**3.48 team ERA at home; 4.41 on road.
**Tied with Mets for most saves, 46.
Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (84-58), International League North Division. Wildcard winner.
Lost, 5-4, to Rochester. ND: Phil Klein, 6-6-1-1-3-5, lowering ERA to 1.52. LP: Jimmy Cordero. 2 H: CF Cam Perkins, 1B Cody Asche, 3B Darnell Sweeney . . . David Buchanan (9-9) 1:35 this afternoon vs. Rochester, final regular season game.
Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-5
Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:05 p.m., Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Lehigh Valley
Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:05 p.m., SWB at LV
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 6:35 p.m., LV at SWB
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 6:35 p.m., LV at SWB*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 1:05 p.m., LV at SWB*
Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.
Reading Fightin’ Phils (88-52), Eastern League Eastern Division Champion.
Shut out on 2 singles in Trenton, 4-0. LP: John Richy (4-4), 6-7-4-4-2-4 . . . Regular season game ends at 1 this afternoon in Trenton.
Division Series, best-of-5
Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:00 p.m. at Trenton
Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:00 p.m. at Trenton
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. at Reading
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m., at Reading*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:05 p.m., at Reading*
Championship Series, best-of-5
Clearwater Threshers (43-25) Florida State League North Division.
Ended season with a 9-6 win in Dunedin. WP: Brandon Leibrandt (4-1), 7-3-3-1-2, 1 pick off; R in B3 ended his consecutive scoreless streak at 19 innings. CF Zach Coppola and 2B Josh Tobias, 3 hits each. C Austin Bossart, 3 RBI . . . A second game, the one rained out onThursday was canceled as Dunedin clinched on Saturday
Threshers finished in 2nd place in both the 1st and 2nd halves. Their overall record (82-54) is the league’s best and 2nd best in the 13 years of the franchise. A year ago they also had the best record, won both halves but lost to Daytona, 2-0, in the first round of the playoffs.
Lakewood BlueClaws (43-25), South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd-half champions.
Blanked Greensboro, 3-0, behind Franklyn Kilome, 6-2-0-0-0-10; WP Zach Morris (8-3), 2-2-0-0-1-2 and SV (14) Sutter McLoughlin, 2-0-0-0-0-2. 3B Jan Hernandez, 3-run 3B in B8 . . . Harold Arauz (5-6) 1:05 this afternoon vs. Greensboro, final regular season game.
Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:05 p.m. at Lakewood.
Game 2, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. at Hagerstown.
Game 3, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m. at Hagerstown.*
Championship Series, best-of-5
Williamsport Crosscutters (39-35), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Lost, 3-2, at State College. LP: Tyler Hallead (2-2). DH Enmanuel Garcia, 2B, HR (6), RBI, SB; 3 HR in last 5 G . . . Adonis Medina (5-3) 1:05 this afternoon vs. State College, final regular season game.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (43-15), Northwest Division Champions.
18-year-old RH Sixto Sanchez tossed 7 shutout innings in the Phillies 4-3 win over the Braves in Bright House Field. With the win in a 1-game playoff, the Phillies advanced to the championship series. Sanchez, from Dominican Republic, gave up 4 hits and recorded 4 strikeouts. During the season, he was 5-0 with a league-leading 0.50 ERA (3 ER in 54 IP).
With 2 out in the 1st inning, CF Mickey Moniak was hit by a pitch and 1B Danny Zardon followed with a home run. Moniak’s double and a single by LF Malvin Matos drove in the two runs in the B5. 2B Dan Brito and DH Josh Stephen each had 2 hits and a run scored.
The Braves scored 3 in T9 off closer Tyler Frohwirth but Jose Nin got the last 2 outs for the save.
In the other semi-final playoff game the Cardinals eliminated the Red Sox, 4-0 . . . Phillies and Cardinals did not meet during the season . . . The Cardinals won the East Division (31-21). 17-10 at home, 16-11 on road . . . Phillies: 22-7 on road, 21-8 at home . . . Phillies led the league with a 2.51 ERA. Offensively with 294 runs, 514 hits and 109 doubles.
Championship Series, best-of-3
Game 1, 12 noon today, in Jupiter.
Game 2, 12 noon Tuesday, Clearwater.
Game 3, 12 noon, Wednesday, Clearwater*
Reading: RHS Tom Eshelman, DL (appendicitis).
September 4, 1978: Claimed INF Pete Mackanin on waivers from Montreal.
(Alert: Phillies Insider will be posted seven days a week until the minor league playoffs end. Happy reading).