J-Roll, Chooch Clutch Hits
J-Roll has often delivered key hits this month over the past nine seasons. Unfortunately, the stakes were higher in most of those seasons as the Phillies battled for the postseason.
He came through with a two-out game-tying double and then scored the winning run on Chooch’s single as the Phillies derailed the Nationals, dropping them to 7.5 games out of the wildcard race. Since starting the season 2-20, Chooch is hitting .300 over his last 69 games.
Cole pitched brilliantly allowing a first-inning homer in seven innings, 87 pitches, 69 for strikes.. B.J. continued his hot pitching (10 consecutive scoreless outings) and picked up the win and Pap got two big strikeouts with the tying run on third in the ninth. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the fourth time Pap has ended a game in that manner, tying run on third followed by two, game-ending punch outs.
When trailing after seven innings, the Phillies were 6-61 before last night. The win was their seventh in the last nine home games and eighth one-run decision out of 10 wins under Ryne.
Game two tonight, rookie Martin against veteran Gio. The stakes are higher for the Nationals than the Phillies, who can play the role of the spoiler.
Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley closed its season with a 4-0 loss to Pawtucket, getting just two hits.
**Reading ended with a 3-2 win at New Britain. 1B Maikel Franco, 3-4, to finish at .339 in AA ball. RH Severino Gonzalez promoted from Clearwater, was the winner, 2 R, 6.2 IP, 0 BB, 6 SO. Kyle Simon, 11th save.
**Lakewood’s season ended with a rain out at home.
**Williamsport lost, 6-2, at Batavia, getting just 2 hits. One was the 9th homer for RF Dylan Cozens. 3 Williamsport errors paved the way for 5 unearned runs. 2 more games left.
September 3, 1972–LHP Steve Carlton throws his eighth shutout, 8-0, at Atlanta, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Grover Cleveland Alexander had eight in 55 years ago.
September 3, 2006, 1st game–1B Ryan Howard hits three home runs, including his 50th, as the Phillies beat Atlanta, 8-7.