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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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)
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
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.