September Surge

As with snowflakes, no two baseball games are alike.

Monday, 4 total runs, 8 hits, 8 LOB, 5 walks, a crisp 2:38 game time.  Tuesday night, 16 runs, 26 hits, 18 LOB, 10 walks, a not-so crisp 3:30.  Fortunately for the Phillies, both turned out to be two-run wins.

After sitting at 28-28 on June 4, the Phillies went into a serious nose dive.  86 games later, they are back at .500, 71-71.

Credit Aumont with gutty pitching in the eighth that saved the lead.  Then, Papelbon did his job in the ninth and recorded the “official” save.

J-Roll took the team lead in homers with his 18th, passing Hunter’s 17.  J-Roll finished the night with 3,200 total bases, moving him into second place on the Phillies all-tie list ahead of Ed Delahanty’s 3,197. Schmidt leads, 4,404.

Last time the Phillies had a home run leader under 20 for a full season was 1988 when Chris James hit 18.  1988 was the first Schmidt-less season.

Sweep potential is there for Wednesday’s late afternoon game and then it’s on to Houston for four games with the Astros.  Can’t look ahead.  One game at time.  We’ve seen that from the Phillies for the last six seasons.

Down On The Farm . . . League Leaders

International League: ERA (2.35), Tyler Cloyd.

Eastern League: Games (139, tie 1st), home runs (38), total bases (303), RBI (104), on-base percentage (.408), slugging percentage (.620), Darin Ruf . . . Triples (11, tie 1st), Cesar Hernandez . . . Saves (24), Justin Friend . . . Walks (78), strikeouts (151), Trevor May.

Florida State League: Doubles (43), Jim Murphy . . . Wins (11, tie 1st), Austin Wright . . . Strikeouts (151), Jesse Biddle. (teammates Adam Morgan, 140, and Wright, 133, followed Biddle).

New York-Penn League: Runs (56); triples (11), stolen bases (30), Ramon Quinn. . . Doubles (24), RBI (47), total bases (131), Chris Serritella . . . Innings pitched (81.2), Joshua Warner.

Phlashback

September 12, 1972: 3B Mike Schmidt makes his big league debut, taking over for Don Money in the third inning during a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets at the Vet.  Schmidt singles in the ninth inning for his hit. Four days later, he hits his first home run against Montreal LHP Balor Moore.

For more Phlashbacks, visit www.phillies.com/alumni.

 

1 Comment

Well Mr. Insider, when are you going to write about Ryan Howard doing HIS job? We used to hear from the 3 TV booth stooges how he just needs to get his timing back. Or still needs to be able to pick up the spin. When’s that all going to happen? On the last day of the regular season? He had his surgery 11 months ago. Isn’t it time for him to ‘carry’ the team like everyone says about him? Timely hitting from the BIG GLOVE SPITTER would go a long way toward winning that second wildcard spot. Don’t you think?

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