Phillies Return Home
A lot has been written and said about the 14-inning Phillies loss on Sunday and the controversial call by the umpire crew following a replay review. Todd Zolecki will follow up on the appeal today on phillies.com.
Bottom line, the Phillies offense didn’t produce (eight singles, two doubles) and they lost consecutive games for the first time since June 3-4. That’s an amazing streak.
Game could have easily ended earlier as Florida left 23 men on base.
Back home on Monday night for a three-game series with the second-place Braves. The Phillies and Braves have split their first 12 games. The two teams end the regular season in Atlanta, September 26-27-28.
Mother Nature in the form of tropical depression Lee may be a problem. Would Lee ruin Cliff’s Monday night start?
Every effort will be made to play the games since it is the last time the Braves come to Philly. Plus there are no more days off this month in which a game(s) could be rescheduled.
There have been three postponements in the Phillies last 10 home dates, two coming from hurricane Irene. Phillies have played 134 games, fewest in the majors.
Phillies pitchers had six RBI in the seven-game trip (5-2) . . . Alumni visitors over the weekend included Danys Baez, Benito Santiago and Stan Javier . . . Phillies will honor youth baseball state champions before Monday night’s game . . . Wednesday is an ESPN telecast.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley: Going into the final game of the regular season Monday afternoon in Syracuse, the IronPigs have a 1-game lead in the wildcard race following a 7-4 win on Sunday in Syracuse. LHR Joe Savery recorded his second save. Gwinnett Braves play Charlotte. If the Braves win and IronPigs lose, there will be a 1-game playoff at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown on Tuesday night.
**Reading: Same scenario. Phillies won 5-4 on Sunday in Binghamton on Tim Kennelly’s solo home run in the top of the 9th. Reading leads New Britain by 1 game in the wildcard race. Regular season ends Sunday afternoon.