Doc Caps Weekend

What a weekend to cap Ryne’s first 10 games as manager. Friday was a third straight walk-off win, Saturday a historic marathon loss and Sunday a welcome back win for Doc.

Never in the 131-season history of the Phillies have they ever had four consecutive walk-off wins. They had opportunities on Saturday after coming back from a 7-1 deficit. The magic ended with an 18-inning loss that was filled with a lot of notes:

**The game’s first pitch came at 7:06 p.m. The game ended 7 hours and 6 minutes later.

**By the clock, it was the longest game in Phillies history. Previous was 6 hours, 15 minutes, a 7-6 loss to the Orioles, July 2, 2004. Chase was 0-1 as pinch-hitter in that game. J-Roll, 3-5, playing the entire 16-inning game.

**So, 9-year-old Citizens Bank Park has hosted the two longest games. Sorry Baker Bowl, Connie Mack Stadium and Veterans Stadium.

**Two teams combined for 137 at-bats, 35 hits, 32 strikeouts and 28 walks.

**Two teams used 20 pitchers, tying a major league record.

**Combined, the pitchers threw 712 pitches. Home plate umpire Clint Fagan must have seen pitch after pitch in his sleep.

**Ten Phillies relievers worked a total of 17.1 scoreless innings, a club record.

**Two of the 10 were position players, OF Wells and INF McDonald. Last time the Phillies used two position players on the mound was an 8-5, 9-inning loss to the Cubs in Wrigley Field on July 22, 1945; 1B Jimmie Foxx (2 IP) and OF Rene Monteagudo (4.1 IP).

Post-game quotes:
“You never know what you’re going to see in the game of baseball,” Ruf.

“Surreal is a good word for the whole night, in general,” Wells.

Meanwhile, Doc was sleeping in a Reading hotel expecting to make a rehab start on Sunday for the Fightin’ Phils. He had no idea what was happening in Philly. He was awoken by Ruben, asking him if he was willing to pitch Sunday at Citizens Bank Park. Doc is always willing to take the ball.

Around 12 hours after the marathon game ended, Sunday’s game was scheduled to begin. A short night of sleep and pack for a road trip. Players were told they didn’t have to report until 12 noon. Batting practice was optional indoors.

Team left after Sunday’s game for New York and a four-game, four-day series with the Mets that starts tonight. Then, a weekend in Chicago before returning home Labor Day to face the Nationals.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost 2 of 3 at Buffalo. Cesar Hernandez returned to 2B after playing CF. RF Steve Susdorf, 3-5, 2nd HR, 3 RBI, 11th steal on Sunday.

**Reading split four games against New Hampshire. LH Jesse Biddle (5-13) tossed 6, 1-run innings in Friday’s win. Big Saturday news: 3B Maikel Franco made a start at first base. He’ll finish the season playing 1B. He hit his 13th AA homer in Saturday’s first game.

**Clearwater won 2 of 3 against Lakeland. LH Hoby Milner (12-6) won on Saturday. LF Aaron Altherr, extended his hitting streak to 9 games, 15 hits including 3 doubles (36), 12th homer, 7 RBI, 21st steal. He has 4 consecutive 2-hit games.

**Lakewood swept 3 games from Delmarva. SS J.P. Crawford is hitting .321 in his first 8 games after promotion from Gulf Coast League.

**Williamsport lost 2 of 3 to Jamestown. 2B Andrew Pullin has a 7-game hitting streak that includes 4 doubles, 1 HR, 5 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens’ 8-game streak ended Sunday.

**Gulf Coast League Phillies lost 2 to the Blue Jays, 1-0, each game. Season ends Thursday.

This Date
Happy birthday to a bunch of right-handed pitchers:
Fred Wenz, 72
Jeff Parrett, 52
Ricky Bottalico, 44
Geoff Geary, 37
Kyle Kendrick, 29

Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a behind-the-scenes feature on Alumni weekend held earlier this month. Included is a terrific photo of Schmidt, Bowa, Bull and Boonie.

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