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?
http://www.phillies.com/alumni has a story about the top five in games played at third base in
Phillies history. Will give you 20 guesses as to who’s #1 at that position.

Twitter: @ShenkLarry

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