Red-Hot Nats Next
Doc struggled but the offense, led by Chooch, came up big, giving the Phillies a series win against San Diego last night. The Phillies finished the season 17-16 against the NL West.
Throughout his career, Doc has had trouble in the first inning. He gave up a lead-off homer to start last night’s game, the 16th earned run he’s allowed in the opening inning this season. He then settled down and was coasting until he lost the strike zone in the fifth, walking four consecutive batters for the first time in his career (2,743 innings). He finished with five walks for the second straight game. Doc last did that in 1999 when he did it twice. This month, he has 10 walks, 11 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.
Five relievers closed the door on the Padres after Doc left. Three, Ethan, B.J. and Jake, continued their impressive work. Ethan, in his second relief appearance, threw 16 pitches, nine for strikes in a 1-2-3 inning. B.J. extended his scoreless streak to 11.1 innings during with the enemy is hitting .108. Of the last 38 outs Jake has recorded, he has 20 strikeouts (12.2 innings) while walking two. All three are attacking the strike zone and show promise for the future. Upgrading the bullpen is on Ruben’s bucket list. That upgrade may be here.
Chooch, heading into free agency, is on fire. In last 20 games, .389 with 16 RBI.
Remember when he finally started playing in late April, he went 2-20.
After the game, the Phillies took an AMTRAK charter train to Washington for a weekend series against the red-hot Nationals, winners of six in a row. They’re fresh from a sweep of the Mets during which they out-homered them, 13-0. Washington has crept to within 5.5 games of the second wildcard berth.
Ten days ago, the Nats took two of three from the Phillies in Philly. They started their three aces in that series and that’s what the Phillies are facing again. Phillies are winless in their last four games at Nationals Park.
Final six CBP games start on Monday against the Marlins with the Mets to follow for the final three games.
Nearing an Elite Class
J-Roll’s next home run will be #200. He will then become the 11th player ever to have 200 homers and steal 400 bases.
September 13, 1974—St. Louis downs Phillies, 7-3, in 17 innings at the Vet. Phillies used 27 players, St. Louis 24. 51 players is a major league record for an extra inning game. Eight Phillies pitchers walk
September 14, 1984
LHP Steve Carlton wins his 235th game, 9-5 over Montreal at the Vet, to break the club record held by Robin Roberts.
September 15, 1984
2B Juan Samuel breaks the club record with his 18th triple in a 4-3 loss to Montreal at the Vet. RF Elmer Flick set the record in 1901. Samuel finishes the season with 19 triples, a club rookie record.
Did You Know?
Babe Ruth’s first World Series at-bat came with the Boston Red Sox against the Phillies in 1915. He grounded out to first against Grover Cleveland Alexander.