Rally Towels Are Back
The come-from-behind 12-11 win over the Rockies in a one-game stop in Denver on September 2 seemed like the pivotal game that could propel the Phillies to another postseason.
Well, that lasted 16 days until yesterday’s four-batter, four-hit, four-run ninth inning that was capped by Jayson’s walk-off homer.
Elias Sports Bureau: Werth’s walk-off homer was the fourth time this season that the Phillies won a game in which they trailed by at least three runs in the ninth inning or later, the most such victories for any major-league team in one season since the 1979 Indians (also four). Philadelphia tied its single-season record for wins of that kind, set more than 100 years ago, in 1893.
Now, the Braves come to town for three trailing by three, instead two. 12 games left in the regular season, six against Atlanta.
The Phillies have their three aces set to start this series. Combined since August 1, Halladay-Hamels-Oswalt are 18-5 with 2.27 ERA. In September? How about 10-0.
Once gain, games aren’t played on paper but on the field. And, the Phillies mode of thinking remains one game at a time.
Rally towels are back for the final six home games of the regular season. Thanks to Coca-Cola, tonight’s sponsor; Citizens Bank, Tuesday and Pennsylvania Auto Theft Authority, Wednesday night.
MLB will carry tonight’s game (blacked out locally).
ESPN will pick up Wednesday night’s game (blacked out locally).
Go to the Lakewood BlueClaws who repeated as South Atlantic League champions on Saturday. Team was loaded with young talent that will be fun to watch as they move up the development ladder. Mark Parent, in his first year with the Phillies organization, managed the championship club.
The Phillies also won the championship in the Gulf Coast League under manager Roly deArmas.