Bid for Series Win Fails
For two innings, it was a scoreless game. The Mets then scored in each of their next six innings (first time since 2005) and coasted.
Having won two of the first three, the Phillies had a chance to win a series on the road for the first time since July 2-3-4 in Pittsburgh. Instead, they are faced with trying to do that in Chicago this weekend.
Ethan started and allowed only one run through three innings. He finished allowing three in four total innings. Yet he struck out a career-high nine. In 25.1 big league innings, he’s given up 18 runs but fanned 32.
Three other Phillies bullpeners followed him to the mound and none had a scoreless outing. The loss ensured a losing record for August, their third straight month under .500.
Hard to believe but the last official weekend of summer is here. All season, weekends have been a nightmare for the Phillies: Friday 10-10, Saturday 6-16, Sunday 10-11.
A bad omen: Phillies are 386-474 since Wrigley Field opened in 1916.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost, 9-2, at Scranton, getting 7 singles and 1 double.
**Reading edged Richmond, 9-8, scoring the winning run with 1 out in the bottom of the 9th on a wild pitch. LF-1B Jim Murphy, 4-5, including 22nd HR. 1B-3B Maikel Franco,2-5, 15th HR; 31st overall for the season.
**Clearwater was shut out for the 3rd straight game, this time, 8-0, at Dunedin. The Threshers have a consecutive scoreless streak of 25 innings.
**Lakewood lost, 14-1, at Hagerstown, allowing 7 unearned runs (3 errors, 2 passed balls). Lakewood pitchers walked 12. DH Willia Carmona, 33rd-34th doubles.
**Williamsport lost a suspended game, 7-5, and won the regular game, 6-5, on six hits, 4 walks, 3 Batavia errors and 1 passed ball.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies ended season with a 1-0 loss at the Pirates. Club finished the season at 30-30 after starting 4-11.
August 30, 1913–With the Phillies leading, 8-6, in the top of the ninth inning, Baker Bowl fans in one bleacher section began to distract New York Giant batters by waving handkerchiefs, newspapers and straw hats. Umpire William Brennan forfeits the game to the Giants. NL President Thomas Lynch overrules Brennan and declares the Phillies the winners. New York appeals and the NL Board of Directors rule the game to be completed in New York on October 2. Phillies win, 8-6.
August 31, 1979–Farm director Dallas Green replaces Danny Ozark as the Phillies manager. Ozark finishes with a 594-510 record for six-plus seasons.
August 31, 1983–LHP Al Holland picks up his eighth win out of the bullpen, 4-3, over visiting San Diego. Pirates, Phillies, Expos and Cardinals are in the race as September 1 rolls around. Difference between first and fourth place is two and a half games.
August 31, 2006–1B Ryan Howard hits 49th home run to break Mike Schmidt’s single-season record (48 in 1980) during a 6-5 loss at Washington.
September 1, 1945–CF Vince DiMaggio sets a club record and ties the NL mark with his fourth grand slam of the season in an 8-3 win at Boston.
September 1, 1980–Having watched the Phillies bounce back and forth most of the season between second and third place, angry GM Paul Owens ripped into the team in a stormy clubhouse meeting in San Francisco. Phillies beat the Giants, 6-4, launching a streak in which they won 23 of their next 32 games and their fourth NL East title in five seasons.