Long Day Seems Shorter
Day-night doubleheaders can make for a long day the ballpark. When you win both, the day doesn’t seem as long.
Sunday started with another solid start for Cole, but a no decision, and ended with five, one-hit, shutout innings from six relievers. Papelbon picked up a win and a save, first time he’s ever appeared in both games of a DH. BJ picked up his first major league win, the fifth Phillies pitcher to do so this season and the 18th Phillies pitcher with a win.
Since August 23, the Phillies are 12-4, best record in the league.
Then, there was Chooch making his first appearance since August 2. Fans responded with standing ovations, once when his name as announced as a pinch hitter and after he got a hit. Oh, he also had an RBI single in his second at-bat, his 29th multi-hit game.
By winning twice, they climbed over the Diamondbacks in the wildcard race, six games behind St. Louis. Odds are still very, very long.
Tonight the Marlins start a three-game series. They’ve scored 539 runs and allowed 637 but lead the Phillies, 7-5, in the season series.
Down On The Farm
Reading was eliminated from the Eastern League playoffs, 5-4, at Trenton on Sunday afternoon, despite out-hitting the Thunder 13-5. The R-Phillies won the series opener but the Thunder rebounded with three consecutive wins.
Darin Ruf, who homered in the sixth inning, grounded into a series-ending double play with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth. The R-Phillies were 3-8 with RISP and left eight runners on base. Trenton left one runner.
LHS Adam Morgan was the loser, five runs in six innings, including a pair of home runs.
3B Cody Ashe led Reading with a .429 average in the series.
After the game, the Phillies announced they had purchased the contract of Ruf. He’ll be in uniform for Monday’s game.
September 9, 1997: Just hours after broadcasting a Phillies game, Richie Ashburn dies in a New York hotel. Ashburn’s passing produces a huge outpouring of affection from friends and fans. Phillies win, 1-0. Ironically, as a player with the Phillies, he wore #1 and his final game was with the Mets.
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