Since 2004, the Astros are 32-21 against the Phillies, the best record in the NL against Charie’s crew.
Last time the Phillies were swept in a series of three or more games, August 2010, a four-gamer at Citizens Bank Park. Yep, the Astros.
Owning the highest ERA in the NL, the Astros held the Phillies to four runs in three games and almost pulled off another sweep.
Wednesday, Doc got one of those four runs and made it stand up, sending the Phillies into the postseason for the fifth straight year. It was his 20th shutout, most among active pitchers. It was the Phillies 21st this season, and, are you ready for this, his first. Hard to believe, Harry.
Phillies flew home and need to sleep fast because they have two games against the Marlins on Thursday, the first at 2:35 p.m. So, 16 more games in 14 days.
Clinching a postseason berth in their 146th game, is yet another club record by this bunch. In 1915, they won the NL pennant in their 147th. Schedule back then was 152 games.
So, the Phillies have made it to five straight postseasons. Between 1883 and 1978, they totaled five.
What changes would you make in baseball? That question was posed to Phillies Alumni.
Jim Kaat, (LHP, 1976-79)
“Eliminate the DH, soften the baseball, disallow a lot of the light laminated bats (no bat lighter than 32 oz), liberalize the strike zone and trips to mound to make pitching changes (no visits).”
Down On The Farm
Scoring all their runs in the last of the eighth inning, the Columbus Clippers evened the International League best-of-five championship series at 1-1 with a 4-1 decision over the IronPigs.
Series shifts to Coca-Cola Park for the next three games, if needed. Game #3 is Thursday night.