Bitter Improbable Loss


Back on April 9, a Saturday at Citi Field, the 0-4 Phillies were clinging to a 1-0 lead after eight innings. The bullpen had allowed 15 runs in 10 innings during the 0-4 start so Pete Mackanin turned to Jeanmar Gomez. Six pitches later, Gomez recorded his first Phillies save.

Last night on the very same mound, Gomez came on in the bottom of the ninth trying to save a 6-4 lead. On August 13, he recorded his 30th save. Since then the bottom fell out and it happened again as he gave up a one-out, two-run homer sending the game into extra innings. In 17 games since August 13, he’s allowed 17 runs in 13.2 innings.

Scoring two runs in the 11th, the Phillies led for the third time in the game. 23-year-old Edubray Ramos, who was in Reading when the season started, came on to try and record his first major league save. A one-out walk, single and walk-off three-run homer lifted the Mets to an improbable 9-8 win. For the Phillies, a bitter two-blown saves loss, also improbable.

Once again a Phillies starter pitched well. This time it was Adam Morgan who allowed three runs in five innings while striking out eight. The rest of the Mets runs came against the bullpen.

Ryan Howard, Cameron Rupp and Maikel Franco all hit homers for the Phillies. Two came off the Mets starter who gave up three runs in five innings. The rest of the Phillies runs came off the Mets’ bullpen.

Morgan’s outing was the 19th consecutive start in which the starter has allowed three runs or less, matching the 1989 rotation. Three years earlier the rotation had a 19-game streak . . . Cesar Hernandez continued to excel as the leadoff hitter: 2 hits, 3 walks, 3 runs. He’s reached base in 27 straight games, longest since Chase Utley’s 28-game streak in 2011 . . . 409 pitches were thrown by 19 different pitchers in the 4-hour, 23 minute marathon.

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Minor League Review
Reading Fightin Phils, Eastern League Eastern Division

Won Eastern Division title (89-52) during the season before losing the Division Series playoffs to Trenton, 3-2 . . . Best record in league for two straight years . . . Win total was second in Reading’s history (96-44, 1983) . . . Attendance: 420,320, tops in the league. Exceeded 400,000 for the 18th time in the last 19 years

Team Notes
Reading led the Eastern League in batting (.270), runs (790), hits (1,309), doubles (270), home runs (185), RBI (747), walks (515), slugging percentage (.450) and on-base percentage (.344). No other team came within 154 runs or 50 home runs of Reading.

Player Notes
Cozens (40) and Hoskins (38) were the top two home run leaders in the minor leaguers . . . Cozens led all double-A players in HR, RBI (125) and R (106). Set Reading franchise records in HR (Darin Ruf, 36) and RBI (Greg Luzinski, 120) . . . . . . Post-season honors: Cozens, the EL MVP; Hoskins, EL Rookie of the Year; Dusty Wathan, EL Manager of the Year . . . Cozens and Hoskins, co-winners of the Paul Owens Award for best hitters.

All-Stars: July 13 All-Star Game selections: C Jorge Alfaro, Hoskins, Cozens, 2B Jesmuel Valentin, RHS Nick Pivetta, LHR Hoby Milner . . . Cozens and Hoskins were selected to the postseason All-Star Team.

Hitting Leaders

G 1b Rhys Hoskins, 135
AB RF Dylan Cozens, 521 (photo)
R Cozens, 106
H Cozens, 144
2B Cozens, 38
3B CF Roman Quinn, 6
HR Cozens, 40
RBI Cozens, 125
TB Cozens, 308
BB Hoskins, 71
SO Cozens, 186
SB Quinn, 31
OBP Hoskins, 377
SLG Cozens, 591
AVG INF KC Serna, .295
OPS Hoskins, .943

Pitching Leaders

G RH, Miguel Nunez, 45
GS RH, Ricardo Pinto, 25
W RH Nick Pivetta, 11-6 (photo)
L 6 by 3 different pitchers
ERA RH Mark Leiter, 3.39
SV Nunez, 17
IP Pinto, 156.0
H Pinto, 150
R Pinto, 84
BB Pinto, 51
SO Pivetta, 111
WHIP Leiter Jr., 1.17

This Date
September 23, 1916
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander pitches 7-3 and 4-0 complete-game wins over Cincinnati at Baker Bowl and ties a major league record by walking only one batter. Almost a year later (September 3) he does it again, 5-0 and 9-3, at Brooklyn, allowing one walk. Time of game: 1:33 for first game; 2:07 for second. Wins were #30-31.

September 23, 1965, 1st game
RHP Jim Bunning’s fifth-inning strikeout is his 242nd of the season, breaking the club record held by RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander (241, 1915). Bunning wins, 11-5, at Wrigley Field.

September 23, 1983

A 6-2, 12-strikeout victory at St. Louis gives LHP Steve Carlton his 300th career win, the 16th pitcher in baseball history to reach that milestone.

September 24, 1911
St. Louis scores in the sixth inning to break rookie RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander’s 41 consecutive scoreless innings streak, a Phillies record that hasn’t been broken.

September 25, 1955
CF Richie Ashburn is hitless in seven at-bats in a season-ending doubleheader in the Polo Grounds but easily wins his first batting title (.338).

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