Safety Squeeze!

After a dud on Tuesday night, the Phillies bounced back behind yet another brilliant performance by Cliff. Over last six starts, he hasn’t allowed more than two runs in a game (3-0, 2.25). Over his last 16 innings, only three runs, all solo homers.

Offensively, the Phillies played long ball for their first two runs and then small ball for their last two. Kids Hernandez and Galvis drove in the final two runs, Freddy plating an insurance run with a safety squeeze bunt in the eighth. When’s the last time the Phillies did that?

Here are the numbers that really capture this season:

**Scoring more than three runs, 49-19.

**Scoring three or fewer runs, 18-59.

Ford C. Frick Award
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is currently hosting the annual Ford C. Frick Award online ballot vote through 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 30, giving fans the chance to select their favorite broadcaster as one of three fan choices on the final 10-person ballot for the 2014 Frick Award.

The Ford C. Frick Award has been presented annually since 1978 by the Museum for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

The 2014 Frick Award online voting reflects changes in the selection process where eligible candidates are grouped together by years of most significant contributions of their broadcasting careers. The new cycle begins with the High Tide Era, which features broadcasters whose main body of work came from the mid-1980s – the start of the regional cable network era – through the present.

Larry Andersen, Tom McCarthy, Andy Musser and Chris Wheeler are among the 165 broadcasters in the High Tide Era. Fans can vote once a day at http://www.facebook.com/baseballhall.

This Date
September 12, 1972–Mike Schmidt makes his big league debut, taking over for Don Money in the third inning during a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets at the Vet. Schmidt singles in the ninth inning for his first hit. Four days later, he hits his first home run against Montreal LHP Balor Moore.

September 12, 1984–Len Matuszek hits a pinch-hit home run as the Phillies edged St. Louis, 6-5. It was his third PH HR of the season.

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