Blowout Ends Wild Series

Expanded September rosters were on full display during a Phillies four-game series against the Mets at Citi Field. Continuing their mastery of the Phillies, the Mets won three, including 17-0 on Sunday.

That’s the most runs the Mets ever scored against the Phillies in 946 meetings. It is the second biggest shutout loss in Phillies history to 28-0 at the hands of the Providence Grays, August 21, 1883. One would hope that record will never be broken.

Sunday’s blow-out was the only game the Phillies couldn’t have won. Their lone win came Saturday night when they led 10-0 before the Mets had a base runner. That game ended 10-8 with the winning run at the plate in the ninth.

Statistical Randomness
In the four-game series the two teams combined for……..
Runs: 67
Hits: 88
Walks: 42
Hit By Pitch: 9
Strikeouts: 75
Players: 159, including 43 relief pitchers
Pitches thrown: 1,464
Time: 15 hours, 22 minutes
Balks: 0

This show leaves Broadway for Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (3:05), the final three games of the regular season.

Road Show
The Phillies play their final three road games in Atlanta starting on Tuesday night. The games are the last National League games to be played in Turner Field, home of the Braves since 1997. The final games are this weekend, an interleague series with the Detroit Tigers.

The Braves will have a new ballpark next year. That means Citizens Bank Park will be the oldest park in the National League East. Shocking.

Minor League Review
Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division

Finished second in the division, 85-58, the second-best AAA record . . . Earned wildcard berth but lost Division Series playoffs to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 3-0 . . . It was the second time LV made the postseason; 2011 being the other . . . 85 wins were the most by a Phillies AAA affiliate since 2002 . . . Attendance: 611,015; average (8,729) ranked fourth in IL. It marked the ninth straight season attendance exceeded 600,000, longest streak in the minors.

Team Notes
The IronPigs never lost more than three games in a row . . . 3.12 ERA was a franchise low . . . 42-30 at home; 43-28 on the road . . . Set club record by hitting 122 home runs . . . Pitching staff led league with a 1.15 WHIP, was second in ERA (3.12) and third in shutouts (18).

Player Notes
RH Jake Thompson was named the IL’s Most Valuable Pitcher . . . Thompson (2.50) and RH Ben Lively (3.06) finished 1-2 in ERA in the league . . . Lively and Thompson shared league high in W (11); combined with Reading, Lively all minor leaguers in wins (18-5) . . . Lively and Thompson, 1-2, in WHIP, 0.93-1.10.

All-Stars: C Andrew Knapp, OF Cameron Perkins, RHR Edward Mujica were selected for the AAA All-Star Game. Knapp homered and Perkins drove in the winning run . . . Thompson was named to the IL postseason All-Star team.

Hitting Leaders

G OF Nick Williams, 125 (photo)
AB Williams, 497
R Williams, 78
H Williams, 128
2B Williams, 33
3B Williams, 6
HR LF-1B Darin Ruf, 20
RBI Ruf, 65
TB Williams, 212
BB 1B Brock Stassi, 60
SO Williams, 136
SB INF-OF Darnell Sweeney, 12
OBP Stassi, .369
SLG Ruf, .529 (led league)
AVG OF Cedric Hunter/Ruf, .294
OPS Ruf, .885

Pitching Leaders

G RH Luis Garcia, 48
GS RH David Buchanan, 26
CG LH Anthony Vasquez, 2
ShO RH Ben Lively, 1 (photo)
W Lively/RH Jake Thompson, 11-5
L Buchanan, 10-9
ERA Thompson, 2.50 (led league)
SV RH Edward Mujica, 26
IP Buchanan, 167.1
H Buchanan, 163
R Buchanan, 81
BB Buchanan, 45
SO Buchanan, 95
WHIP Lively, 0.93 (led league)

Instructional League
Phillies play their first game (Blue Jays) a 1 this afternoon in Bright House Field. Rest of the week: Tuesday (Yankees, home, 1 p.m.), Thursday (at Yankees complex in Tampa, 1), Friday (at Pirate City in Bradenton, 10 a.m.) and Saturday (Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex, 10). No games are played on Sundays.

Seven Phillies minor leaguers assigned to the Arizona Fall League will report to Carpenter Complex this week before flying to Phoenix next week: RHR Victor Arano, LHS Brandon Leibrandt, RHR Miguel Nunez, LHR Jeff Singer, 2B Scott Kingery, 3B Mitch Walding, OF Aaron Brown. Season starts October 11.

This Date

Happy Birthday: Former pitcher with the Philadelphia A’s and Phillies, Bobby Shantz, 91 today.

September 26, 1954
CF Richie Ashburn finishes the season by playing in his 730th straight game, a Phillies all-time record that still stands. The streak began June 7, 1950, and ended when Ashburn failed to make the 1955 opener after getting injured in a collision with LF Del Ennis during a spring training exhibition game at Wilmington, DE.

September 26, 1976, 1st game
After watching a lead of 15 ½ games on August 24, 1976, slip to three games in three weeks, the Phillies clinch their first post-season title in 26 years, 4-1 over the Expos in Jarry Park, the final day for the Montreal ballpark.

September 26, 1998, 2nd game
RHP Curt Schilling strikes out seven Florida batters in his final start to finish with 300 strikeouts, only the fifth big league pitcher with 300 or strikeouts in back-to-back seasons.

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