Charlie’s Benchmen

Playing in front of a sold out Miller Park in what many perceive as a postseason match, Cole closed the door on the Brewers on Thursday night.

He tossed a complete game, the 17th for the Phillies, which is the most in the majors since the Orioles staff had the same number in 1999.

Once again, the Phillies offense came to life with two outs, this time the sixth inning.  They scored six times to really seal the game.  The Phillies have scored 283 runs with two out, the most in the majors.

Playing without Howard or Utley or Rollins for the first time since September 12, 2004, didn’t matter.  Charlie’s Benchmen, Mayberry Jr., Valdez, Martinez and Francisco, combined for 7 hits in 16 at-bats, three runs scored and three RBI.

The win boosted the Phillies record against teams above .500 to 42-23 and tied Charlie with Harry Wright for the second most wins for a Phillies manager, 636.  Gene Mauch is the leader at 645.

One more number note: Phillies are 111-62 in September since 2005, best in the NL.

Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley didn’t hit a home run in any of its last 10 games but rode the long ball from Erik Kratz, Brandon Moss and Freddy Galvis in beating Pawtucket, 4-2, in Game 1 of the best-of-5 playoff series.  David Bush got the win with Justin DeFratus, the save.  Ryan Edell starts Friday night in Game 2 at Coca-Cola Park.

**Reading was blanked, 2-0, on four singles at New Hampshire in the first game of a best-of-5 playoff round in the Eastern League.  Tyler Cloyd was the loser;  J. C. Ramirez starts in Game 2 Friday night.  Series then shifts to Reading on Saturday night and Sunday, if necessary.

Fall Ball
Phillies will have seven players on the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League, which runs from October 4 through November 19.

The group includes 1B Cody Overbeck, 1B/DH Darin Ruf, OF Tyson Gillies, RHS Tyler Cloyd, LHR Jacob Diekman, RHR B. J. Rosenberg and RHR Colby Shreve.

Alumni Views
What changes would you like to see in Major League Baseball? That question was posed to Phillies Alumni. 

Kevin Jordan (INF, 1995-2001)
“No DH, no instant relay (four sets of eyes should be enough to call the game), more day games during the season and especially the postseason.  Teachers could wheel TVs into classrooms for the kids to watch the games.  More MLB games in other countries to share the MLB experience.”

Today in Phillies History
Getting a call from your general manager around 4 in the morning usually isn’t good news.  On this date in 1997, the news was shocking….Richie Ashburn had died in his New York hotel room.

Whitey goes down as one of the most beloved sports figures this city has known.

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