Tale of 2 Bullpens
Part of the Phillies struggles this season involved the offense not adding on and the bullpen adding on.
In the series opener against the Mets on Tuesday, Ryan hit a grand slam four batters into the first inning but the offense could add only one more run on a fifth-inning homer by Chase. Other than those two long balls, the Phillies had only four other hits in the 10-inning loss. The Mets bullpen tossed 5.2 scoreless innings.
The Phillies bullpen’s scoreless streak ended with a game-tying run in the 8th inning (a walk starting that inning) and then imploded in the 10th inning, boosting the Mets record vs. the Phillies to 9-4, 6-1 at Citizens Bank Park. Prior to the eighth-inning, they had a string of 15 scoreless innings dating back to August 22.
Howard passed Sherry Magee (892) for sixth place on the Phillies all-time RBI list.
A year ago, the Phillies dominated the NL East, 43-29. This year, 19-30.
Down on The Farm
Lehigh Valley was not scheduled. RHP Tyler Cloyd was named the IL Most Valuable Pitcher and also named to the postseason All-Star team.
Reading outlasted Binghamton, 12-8, and you guessed it, LF Darin Ruf hit yet another home run, #37 to tie Ryan Howard’s 2004 Reading Phillies record and #19 in August. CF Tyson Gillies, 3-5, 4th homer, 3 RBI; 3B Cody Asche, 3-5, 3 runs; C Tommy Joseph, 3-5, 2 duobles,10th homer, 3 RBI. Win went to RHR Colby Shreve, 2nd of 4 pitchers, 2 runs, 3 hits but 5 strikeouts in 2.1 innings. 2nd save for RH Kyle Simon. Win puts Reading 4 games ahead of New Britain in the race for a postseason berth. 6 games remain in the regular season.
Clearwater was rained out of a DH in Daytona, the third straight day of no games from Tropical Storm Isaac. LHP Austin Wright was named the FSL Pitcher of the Year.
Lakewood won, 4-0, at Delmarva. 3B Maikel Franco, 4-4, 81st RBI. C Josh Ludy, 1st pro home run. Winner was RHS Colin Kleven (8-8), 5 hits, 7.1 innings.
Williamsport edged Jamestown, 2-1. SS Roman Quinn, 2-4, 8th double, 10th triple, 1 RBI. Has hit in 12 straight games.
**Florida Instructional League will begin September 24 and end October 12. Andy Tracy will be the manager. Roster to be announced.
**Arizona Fall League: Dusty Wathan will manage the Peoria Javalinas. Season runs from October 9 to November 15.
Which Phillie led the club in games played during the 1990s decade?
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