Doc, R-Phillies Win

Thursday’s a day off so here’s a chance to review some numbers:

**Road trip ended 4-2 against two teams that are headed for the playoffs. Included was one painful loss and one painful blown call by the umpires.

**The Phillies have now won the season series (4-3) from the Reds eight straight seasons.

**Phillies outscored Jay Bruce in the series, 11-6.  Yep, Bruce drove in all the runs.

**Doc improved to 110-0 when given a lead of four or more runs. Has won six of last seven decisions, 3.00 ERA.

**Phillies are 58-38 in his starts.

**Wednesday’s win means the Phillies are 10-3 in day games after starting 9-22.

**Leak, in his career vs. the Phillies, 26 runs in 27 innings.

**Since the All-Star Game, Phillies starters have a 3.39 ERA, second only to the Nationals in the NL.

**Same starters have issued the fewest walks (198) and recorded the most strikeouts (769) in the majors for the season.

**Eight series remain, three against teams with winning records (Washington twice, Atlanta once).

*Phillies Insider ranked #16 in August among MLB Pro blogs.  At the end of July, #22.  A big thank you!

Down On The Farm

Reading defeated visiting Trenton, 4-2, on back-to-back, 7th inning homers by C Tommy Joseph and RF Leandro Castro.  DH Jake Fox also homered for the R-Phillies who took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 first-round playoffs.  RHS Austin Hyatt, no decision, 2 run, 4 hits, 6.1 innings.  RH Tyler Knigge (1-0), 1.2 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts.  Save for RH Justin Friend, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 1 inning.  Game 2 is Thursday night.

Williamsport ended its season with an 8-4 win over visiting Auburn.  RF Cameron Perkins, 2 hits to lead the club in hitting, .304.  1B Chris Serritella, 2 hits; LF Larry Greene, 2 hits, including club-high 22nd double; finished at .272.  SS Roman Quinn, set club records in runs (56) and stolen base (30) while hitting .281.  RH Jeb Stefan (2-4) was the winner.

Phlashback

September 6, 1952: RHP Robin Roberts gives up six runs in eight innings but pitches all 17 inings as the Phillies rally for a 7-6 win over Boston, first game of a Saturday doubleheader.  Roberts’ line: 17 innings, 18 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts. Second game is suspended after eight with the Phillies losing.  It is completed the next day, a 3-1 loss.

Guess they didn’t focus on pitch counts back then.

Alumni phlashbacks, pheatures and photos: www.phillies.com/alumni.

 

1 Comment

I looked up the boxscore for that 17 inning marathon that Robin Roberts won. Besides Roberts’ his most unusual pitching line, I noted a couple of things. While none of the starters on either the Phillies or the Boston Braves were held hitless, the batting averages of Phillies star centerfielder Richie Ashburn and Braves’ infielder Jack Dittmer took a hit that game. Both managed only 1 for 8 performances. Conversely, the best hitting performance of the day was enjoyed by Braves’ outfielder Sid Gordon. He went 5 for 8 off Roberts, all singles. Gordon is not well known today, but the Brooklyn native had a fine career. He played from 1941 to 1955, missing ’44 & ’45 for World War Two military service and hit 202 home runs, batted .283 lifetime and made the 1948 & 1949 National League ALL-STAR TEAMS. He played most of his career with his hometown New York Giants

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