Familiar Storyline

Storyline of the 2016 Phillies season is pretty clear, solid starting pitching and little offense. The storyline expanded this month with shoddy defense and a bullpen that has sprung a major leak. All four surfaced last night in the Mets 5-1 win.

Alec Asher retired the first 11 Mets and then was tagged for two runs on four, two-out singles in the fourth. He set down the next seven Mets before Jay Bruce hit an opposite field home run on a 3-1 pitch.

The one-run offense: a sacrifice fly by Cameron Rupp. It gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead after two innings. Their last hit came in the sixth inning.

The shoddy defense and leaky bullpen came into play in a two-run eighth inning. Two singles off Michael Mariot and a fielding error by Aaron Altherr put runners on first and third. The next batter popped to short right. Altherr and Cesar Hernandez almost collided before the second baseman made a bobbling catch. Yoenis Cespedes appeared to strike out but the first base umpire ruled no swing resulting in the first ejection of Pete Mackanin. Cespedes then hit a pop up toward first which wasn’t caught. The ball actually landed on the first base bag. Bruce, facing a lefty, singled with two out to make it 5-1.

Phil-Ins
Ryan Howard’s double was his 286th, one shy of Richie Ashburn for ninth place on the Phillies all-time list. Ryan received a standing ovation when he came to bat for the first time . . . Hernandez has reached base in 33 of his last 34 games . . . Freddy Galvis left the game in the seventh because of a tight right hamstring . . . The Mets have homered 17 times in their last seven games at Citizens Bank Park . . . 1:05 afternoon game today for FOX TV . . . Atlanta’s loss means the Phillies will finish fifth.

Howard HR Facts
Career, 381
Vs. Mets, 47, second most against any team
Citizens Bank Park, 197, most for any Phillies player
Batting fourth, 303
Batting fifth: 43
Number of pitchers, 255
RH pitchers, 290
LH pitchers, 91
Different ballparks, 26
Today’s pitcher: Colon, 3 in 30 AB
Sunday’s pitcher: Syndergaard, 1 in 10 AB

On this date
2005, #24, John Patterson at Washington

Milestone HRs
#1 9/11/04 vs. Mets, Bartolome Fortunato, Shea Stadium
#100 6/27/07 vs. Reds, Aaron Harang, Citizens Bank Park
#200 7/16/09, vs. Marlins, Chris Volstad, Land Shark Stadium
#300 9/22/12, vs. Braves, Mike Minor, Citizens Bank Park

This Date
October 1, 1982
RHP Terry Leach pitches 10, 10inning 1hitter against Phillies. Luis Aguayo’s triple in 5th is lone hit.  RHP John Denny pitches 1hitter through 9 innings (Dave Kingman single in 2nd).

October 1, 2008
NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: Phillies earn first postseason win in 15 years with a 3-1 decision over the Brewers. Cole Hamels tosses eight shutout innings to get the win, retiring the first 14 batters.

October 1, 2011
NLDS #1 at Citizens Bank Park: Ryan Howard’s three-run homer keys a five-run sixth inning as the Phillies defeat the Cardinals, 11-6.  Roy Halladay retires the last 21 batters to earn the win.

Twitter: @ShenkLarry

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