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.

Twitter: @ShenkLarry

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