Winning Another Series
The Big Piece had a big game and Cole continued his shutout streak last night, enabling the Phillies to win the series from the Marlins, 3-1. Winning each series is such a key to making it to the postseason. Taking three of four after losing the first isn’t easy but this team doesn’t make it easy.
From Elias Sports Bureau: Ryan drove in six runs for the second time this season, the first player in the majors to do so. Since 1920, when baseball began tracking RBI, the only other Phillies to record two such games in one season were Cy Williams in 1927 and Pete Incaviglia in 1996.
Cole extended his career-best scoreless innings streak to 25.0 innings (last run, August 24 against the Astros, 4th inning). His streak is the 10th best in Phillies history. On the immediate radar for Cole are Steve Carlton (26.0, 1972), Randy Wolf (27.0, 2002), J. C. Romero (28.1, 2007-08), Carlton (28.2, 1981) and Curt Schilling (29.0, 1992) and Tommy Greene (29.0, 1991). Club record is 41.1, Grover Cleveland Alexander, 1911.
The win was Cole’s first over the Marlins since September 22, 2006. Since then, he was 0-6 in 10 starts against them.
Today is a day off, a welcome one after playing 24 games in 23 days. Phillies won 15 and lost 9 during this stretch, which is incredible. Team will bus to New York this evening for a six-game road trip, three each against the Mets and Marlins. Then, back home for the final homestand, Sept. 17-26.
Saturday’s game in NY is a FOX telecast, 4:10 p.m.
Speaking of days off, the Phillies are not scheduled for any Thursday this month, which is very unusual. But, the first Thursday, September 2, was a rescheduled one-game stop in Denver, a game the Phillies won, 12-11.
Over the current decade, can’t find any September that had five or four days off. Most was three. Then again, mother nature could change all that as it did on the second of this month.
Phillies Career Home Runs
Mike Schmidt, 548
Del Ennis, 259
Pat Burrell, 251