In three of their five postseason berths, the Phillies clinched against the Nationals, twice at Citizens Bank Park (2007-08) and the other in DC (2010).
Washington came to town with a magic number of five. With the Phillies win on Tuesday night, the Nationals cannot clinch on Citizens Bank Park’s field. The two teams end the season with another three-game series starting on Monday night in Nationals Park so Washington could still return the favor. Chances are, they’ll clinch before then.
For only the third time this season, Cole didn’t pitch six innings but he still won, his career-high 16th. He gave up three runs in five innings and then the bullpen tossed four, one-hit shutout innings.
Remembering His First
Ruf will certainly remember his first home run. Upon getting back into the dugout, he received a total silent treatment from his teammates until the inning ended and then was mobbed. Getting back to his position in left field, he received a standing-O. The rookie waived and then tipped his cap. Good move. Wish more players did that.
He’s the 20th player in Phillies history who’s first hit was a home run. The last one was Mayberry in Yankee Stadium in 2009. The first was a pitcher, Bill Duggleby, in 1898.
Ruf also became the 24th different Phillies player to homer, breaking the 1996 mark of 23.
The Philadelphia Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America will present their four annual awards pre-game on Wednesday: **Steve Carlton Most Valuable Pitcher—Cole. **Mike Schmidt Most Valuable Player—Chooch. **Dallas Green Special Achievement—J-Roll. **Tug McGraw True Pro—Pierre.
Writers first presented the awards in 2004.
Forty years ago, Lefty Steve Carlton turned in a spectacular season for the Phillies, winning 27 games and winning his first Cy Young Award.
MLB.com’s Hal Bodley has an in depth feature on Lefty at www.phillies.com/alumni. Check it out.
September 26, 1954: CF Richie Ashburn finishes the season by playing in his 730th straight game, a Phillies all-time record that still stands. The streak began June 7, 1950 and ended when Ashburn failed to make the 1955 opener after getting injured in a collision with LF Del Ennis during a spring training exhibition game in Wilmington, DE.
September 26, 1976, 1st game: After watching a lead of 15 ½ games on August 24, 1976, slip to three games in three weeks, the Phillies clinch their first post-season title in 26 years, 4-1 over the Expos in Jarry Park, the final day for the Montreal park.
September 26, 1998, 2nd game: RHP Curt Schilling strikes out seven Florida batters in his final start to finish with 300 strikeouts, only the fifth big league pitcher with 300 or strikeouts in back-to-back seasons.