Last Night for $1 Dogs
Dollar dogs on tap tonight, the start of the final homestand of the season. After tonight, the hot dogs go back in the freezer until next April.
Cliff gets the start tonight. Since the All-Star Game, he and Cole are the lone consistent starting pitchers. The bullpen has straightened out (except for Sunday) giving hope for next year. Now, the rotation, after Cliff/Cole, faces questions this offseason.
Winning behind Cole on Saturday night gave the Phillies a chance for a rare road series win. Instead, the Nationals coasted leaving the Phillies 0-7-1 in series on the road since the ASG. Prior to the game, 13 of the Phillies last 26 games were one-run decisions with the Phillies posting an 11-2 mark.
Chooch got a day off yesterday. He’s hitting .583 with RISP, tops in the majors. He’s doing it without bloopers or broken bat hits. He’s crushing the ball.
Minor League News
Players assigned to the Florida Instructional League program reported to Carpenter Complex this morning and will work out for the first time tomorrow. Roly DeArmas will serve as manager.
The camp includes 25 pitchers, 5 catchers, 10 infielders and 9 outfielders. Youngest is 15-year-old 3B Luis Encarnacion, recently signed out of San Juan, DR.
As was reported earlier, Ryan Howard and Ben Revere will play in some of the games.
15-game schedule starts September 23 and ends October 11.
Seagulls normally out-number fans.
In other minor league news, Carlos Arroyo has replaced Gorman Heimueller as the minor league pitching coordinator.
September 16, 1967—Pinch hitter Rick Joseph hits a walk-off grand slam as the Phillies beat the Dodgers, 8-4, in 11 innings at Veterans Stadium. It’s the first pinch-hit, extra inning grand slam in Phillies history.
September 16, 1997–RHP Curt Schilling fans nine in beating the Mets to become the first Phillies pitcher with 300 strikeouts in season and the 13th pitcher since 1900.