Morgan’s Spin Ends
Adam Morgan finally got that nine-game losing streak monkey off his back last night but it wasn’t easy. Wonder what was going through his mind as a 4-1 lead dwindled to 4-3 in the eighth and the Marlins put the winning runs on base in the ninth. Jeanmar Gomez struck out Dee Gordon and Morgan could relax.
Since returning to the big leagues on August 19, he’s had one dud out of five starts. A performance like that will play well as the Phillies look to build a pitching rotation for next year.
The lefty gave up one run on five hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out five in throwing 85 pitches.
Odubel Herrera looked like his self at the plate, single, triple and three runs scored. Cesar Hernandez added three hits from the leadoff spot with Tommy Joseph and Freddy Galvis, the 4-5 hole hitters, driving in two runs each.
Hector Neris gave up the two eighth-inning runs, his first multiple-run inning since June 15 . . . Phillies had gone nine 10 straight games with nine hits or less until getting 10 last night . . . Morgan was backed by a great running catch by Herrera and Peter Bourjos throwing out a runner trying to go from first to third . . . Two straight wins for the first time since 4 in a row August 10, 12-13-14 . . . Galvis leads all NL shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage and just six errors . . . Alex Asher will pitch Thursday night in Washington.
Minor League Report
Players of Month (August)
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division. Wildcard winner.
Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-5
Game 1, tonight, 7:05–Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (LH Jordan Montgomery 5-1, 0.97) at Lehigh Valley (Ben Lively, 11-5, 3.05)
Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:05 p.m., SWB (LH Phil Coke, 5-3, 2.96) at LV (Anthony Vasquez, 4-1, 2.64)
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 6:35 p.m., LV (Phil Klein, 5-1, 1.52) 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.
Lehigh Valley: Finished with overall second-best record to SWB, 84-58 . . . 42-30 at Coca-Cola Park . . . 43-28 on the road . . . 7-3 in final 10 games . . . Set club record in home runs (122) . . . Second in league in ERA (3.12), led in WHIP (1.15).
Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders (NYY): Finished 91-52, 6 games ahead of LV . . . 44-27 at PNC Park . . . 47-25 on the road . . . 8-2 in final 10 games, winning last 7 . . . Led league in hitting (.266), runs (654), ERA (2.98) and shutouts (24).
Season series: 9-7 SWB including 5-3 at PNC Park.
Reading Fightin’ Phils, Eastern League Eastern Division Champions.
Division Series, best-of-5
Game 1, tonight 7:00–Reading (Mark Leiter Jr., 6-3, 3.39) at Trenton (Ronald Herrera, 10-7, 3.75)
Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:00 p.m. Reading (Ricardo Pinto 7-6, 4.10) at Trenton
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. Trenton at Reading (Elniery Garcia 0-0, 0.00)
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m., Trenton at Reading*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:05 p.m., Trenton at Reading*
Championship Series, best-of-5
Reading: Won division title by 2.5 games over Trenton with an 88-52 record . . . 51-20 at FirstEnergy Stadium . . . 38-32 on the road . . . 6-4 in final 10 games . . . Led League in hitting (.270), runs (790), hits (1,309), doubles (270), home runs (185), walks (515), on-base percentage (.344), slugging (.450) and OPS (795).
Trenton Thunder (NYY): Finished second (87-55) to earn playoff berth (first and second place team in the EL’s two divisions) . . . 49-22 at Arm & Hammer Park . . . 38-33 on the road . . . 6-4 in final 10 games . . . Dominated in pitching, leading EL in ERA (3.12), shutouts (15), saves (50), fewest runs (491), strikeouts (1,239) and WHIP (1,21).
Season Series: 9-6 Reading . . . 6-6 in three series played in Trenton while only one series in Reading, a 3-0 Fightin Phils sweep . . . Season ended in Trenton, 2-2 split.
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd-half champions.
Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, tonight, 7:05–Hagerstown (Jefry Rodriguez, 7-11, 4.96) at Lakewood (Alberto Tirado, 7-1, 3.23)
Game 2, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. Lakewood (Jose Taveras, 8-8, 3.28) at Hagerstown
Game 3, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m. Lakewood at Hagerstown*
Championship Series, best-of-5
Lakewood: Finished 6th in 1st half, 29-40 . . . Won 2nd half, 44-25 by 5 games over Hagerstown . . . 21-11 at FirstEnergy Park . . . 24-14 on road . . . 8-2 in final 10 games . . . 74-65 overall, 2nd in division to Hagerstown . . . Second in team average (.266), fifth in ERA (3.53), tied for 1st in shutouts (14) and pitchers led in strikeouts (1,267).
Hagerstown Suns (WSH): Won 1st half, 43-27 . . . Finished second in 2nd half, 40-30 . . . 7-3 in final 10 games . . . 18-15 at Municipal Stadium . . . 22-15 on the road . . . Overall 83-57, 1st in division . . . Third in team average (.261), 1st in runs scored (668), 11th in team ERA (3.75).
Season Series: 15-7 Hagerstown; started season 11-0 vs. Lakewood through May 24.
Gulf Coast League Phillies, (43-15), Northwest Division Champions.
Championship Series, best-of-3
Game 1, Cardinals 4, Phillies 0.
Game 2, Phillies 3, Cardinals 2.
Game 3, 12 noon today–Clearwater* (18-year-old, 6-foot-10 LH Kyle Young, 3-0, 2.67)
Scoring 3 times in the B5 on a double by CF Malvin Matos and a two-run single by RF Jhailyn Ortiz, the Phillies went on to edge the Cardinals, 3-2, yesterday and even the best-of-3 Championship Series at 1-1. Until that inning, the Phillies were 1-14 with RISP in the series.
The Cardinals’ runs came in T1 on two hits and two errors off starter Kevin Gowdy. Both runs were unearned. The Cardinals hit into a DP to end the 8th and end the game.
Gowdy, 2-2-2-0-0-0; Nick Fanti (W), 5.1-3-0-0-0-6; Randy Alcantara, .2-1-0-0-0-0; Jose Nin (SV), 1-2-0-0-1-0.
Ortiz had 2 other singles and 2B Dan Brito added a pair of hits. CF Mickey Moniak did not play because of a hip injury. He left the first game after 2 at-bats.
Lehigh Valley: INF Angelo Mora and RHR Gregory Infante, transferred from Reading.
Reading: SS Malquin Canelo, transferred from Reading; LHR Hoby Milner, transferred from LV.
Clearwater, LHR Joey Denato, transferred from Reading.
Lakewood: of Jesus Alastre, transferred from Williamsport.
Williamsport: RHS Harold Arauz, transferred from Lakewood.
September 7, 1971, 2nd game
Greg Luzinski hits frst major league home run (off RHP Reggie Cleveland), a towering shot into Section 570 in a 7-5, 10-inning loss to St. Louis.
September 7, 1972
LHP Steve Carlton beats his former team (Cardinals), 2-1, at the Vet and strikes out nine, breaking the Phillies single season record of 268 set by Jim Bunning in 1965. 23rd win breaks the club record for a LHP set by Eppa Rixey in 1916.
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