Ryan Saves Ryan
The Big Piece, Ryan Howard’s nickname as authored by his manager, picked up the pieces of a slumbering offense last night and the seven-game lead in the NL East remained there.
A lot is being said and written about another blown save. Remember, the top of the ninth, runners on second and third with no outs? We didn’t score and Madson didn’t have any room for error in the bottom of the ninth. Until the game-winning homer, the Phillies didn’t have a hit with runners in scoring position.
The Big Piece didn’t leave any doubt about the homer. It went deep into the stands, not far from leaving the ballpark. He now has 25 RBI in his last 13 games. Call him blistering.
Cole turned in a brilliant performance. Getting him back on track for the stretch and postseason is would be huge.
Several front office staffers huddled in the draft room this afternoon. Time to begin planning the postseason issues, media, tickets, security, anthems, first balls, network television, hotels, transportation, hospitality, publications, just to name a few of the topics.
Phillies season ticket holders have already received their invoices for postseason games.
Group will probably meet on a weekly basis. In some cases, MLB has set certain deadlines in September for details.
Any club in postseason contention is holding similar meetings.
The regular season ends October 4. If the World Series goes to game seven, that is scheduled for November 5. Yikes.
Minor League Notes
Brett Myers threw two relief innings last night at Reading, 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts. 17 of his 24 pitches were strikes. He faced 7 hitters and threw strike one to all 7 . . . CF Anthony Gose stole 2 bases, giving him 72; fellow teammate, 2B Harold Garcia, stole his 39th . . . Reading closer B. J. Rosenberg struck out the side for his 21st save (Lakewood/Reading total), tops in the organization . . . Reading RF Domonic Brown had an 11-game hitting streak end . . . Williamsport RHP Austin Hyatt (3-0) pitched 6 shutout innings for a victory. His 18 outs: 7 ground balls and 10 strikeouts.
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