Farewell Turner Field

Adam Morgan had a nine-pitch scoreless first inning. It went downhill from there as the Braves scored nine runs off him over the next three innings. He finished the game and his season having allowed nine runs on 10 hits in five innings. In four previous starts this month, he allowed a total of eight runs.

The leaky Phillies bullpen gave up three runs over the final four innings. Frank Herrmann’s .2 scoreless outing ended a streak in which 12 straight relievers allowed runs. On this 1-5 road trip, the bullpen has allowed 63 runs. Mercy.

Atlanta has won the season series five straight years . . . Phillies final flight home after tonight’s game . . . Mets will be in town for the final three games of the season. First game is 7:05 Friday night . . . A reminder: Saturday’s game has been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 1:05 p.m. for a FOX TV . . . All Sunday games in MLB will begin at 3:05 p.m. . . . Mets have scheduled right-handed starters meaning Ryan Howard will be in the lineup.

Howard HR Facts
Vs. Braves, 52, most against any team
At Turner Field, 23, most for any enemy ballpark
Batting fifth: 43
Tonight’s starter: Collmenter, 0

On this date:
2007, #128, John Rauch at Washington

Farewell Turner Field

Tonight the Phillies bid farewell to Turner Field in the final National League game in the Braves home. Three interleague games against the Tigers this weekend officially close the book.

The first game the Phillies played there was on June 16, 1997, a 5-4 loss. WP: Denny Neagle. LP: Matt Beech. SV: Mark Wohlers. CF Ricky Otero was the Phillies’ first batter. Darren Daulton hit the team’s first home run.

The Phillies greatest game there came on Labor Day two years ago when Cole Hamels-Jake Diekman-Ken Giles-Jonathan Papelbon threw the first combined no-hitter in franchise history.

Another big moment came on the final day of the 2011 season. Atlanta and St. Louis were tied for the wildcard berth while the Phillies had clinched their fifth straight division title. Rather than rest his regulars Charlie Manuel decided to stay with them in a very important game for the Braves and Cardinals. The Phillies franchise record 102nd win and a victory by St. Louis ended the Braves season. The Cardinals later eliminated the Phillies from the postseason.

The Phillies have played the Braves in South End Grounds, Braves Field and Fenway Park (Boston), County Stadium (Milwaukee), Fulton County Stadium and Turner Field (Atlanta). Next year, SunTrust Park. Phillies first game there is June 5.

Closing Enemy Parks
September 3, 1957–Phillies beat the Dodgers 3-2 in 12 innings to win the last major league game played in Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, N.J. The Dodgers played eight home games in Jersey City in their final season in Brooklyn. Attendance: 10,190.

September 18, 1963–LHP Chris Short (8-11) wins the final game played at Polo Grounds, a 5-1 complete game. Attendance: 1,752.

September 26, 1976–Phillies win a doubleheader, 4-1 and 2-1, in the last games played in Montreal’s Jarry Park. First game win gives the Phillies the National League Eastern Division title. Second game shortened to seven innings because of rain. Attendance: 14,166.

Working on a player’s weakness and a change in positions are part of the instructional league camp. One focus for pitchers is throwing first pitch strikes. Josh Tobias, a switch-hitting second baseman who tried the outfield in Clearwater, played third base on Tuesday.

PhuturePhillies.com reported that two players joined the Instructs and pushed the roster total to 64 players.  The new additions are LHP Oscar Marcelino and the PTBNL in the Carlos Ruiz trade, OF Joey Curletta.

This Date
September 29, 1907, 1st game
RHP George McQuillan’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ends at 25 innings, a Phillies record for the start of a career.

September 29, 1915
The Phillies clinch first NL pennant with a 5-0 win at Boston, a 1-hitter for RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, his 30th win. It is his fourth 1-hitter and 12th shutout of the season.

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