Kid Bats Come Through

Normally, a September weekend series between the Phillies and the Braves has a lot of pennant-race flavor attached to it. Not this year as the Braves and Phillies are on opposite ends. Atlanta came into the series with the stingiest ERA in the NL, 3.19. Phillies’ 4.27 was the highest.

But, games are played on the field and not paper or a computer. With great pitching and clutch hitting, the Phillies swept the Braves and held the division leaders to 10 total hits. All three wins were one-run decisions, upping the total under Ryne to 11.

The productive weekend featured a mixture of veterans, Cliff, Pap, KK and Cole on the pitching side. Game-winning hits came from the kids, Asche, Glavis and Ruf and a big league first save from Rosenberg.

Elias Sports Bureau in New York is the official statistician for MLB and other sports. They come up with some daily gems:

**Cliff allowed two hits, did walk a batter and struck out 10 on Friday night, the second time he’s done that with the Phillies. No other pitcher had two similar games )two or fewer hits with no walks and at least 10 strikeouts) in a Phillies uniform. Those that did it once: Grover Alexander, Curt Simmons, Jim Bunning (no-hitter), Ray Culp, Steve Carlton, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling and Roy Halladay (no-hitter).

**It was Cliff’s eighth start (10 strikeouts, no walks, eight innings) in the past four seasons, most in the majors.

**Pap blew a save and picked up a win on Saturday, the third time he’s done that this season, most in the majors.

**He got the win thanks to a walk-off homer by Freddy Galvis, the first player in Phillies history to hit a walk-off homer from each side of the plate in a season.

While Elias didn’t come up with a gem for Cole’s gem on Sunday, the Phillies lefty continued his brilliant pitching. In his last 13 starts, he’s allowed two or less runs in 11 of those starts. He’s won four in a row and is just two shy of 100.

Cole gave up only two hits, both homers to Gattis. The first landed in Ashburn Alley, an estimated 486 foot blast, longest in the majors this season. Who says so? Elias.

This Date
September 9, 1945, 2nd game–Jimmie Foxx hits his seventh homer of the season for the Phillies and 534th and last of his career in a 14-3 win at Pittsburgh.

September 9, 1997–Just hours after broadcasting a Phillies game, Richie Ashburn dies in a New York hotel. Ashburn’s passing produces a huge outpouring of affection from friends and fans. Phillies win, 1-0, over the Mets. Ironically, as a player with the Phillies, he wore #1 and his final game was with the Mets.

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