Final Home Series

Sweeps are sweet. They are also difficult as the Phillies found out last night. After winning seven in a row against the Marlins, including the first two games of the series, they fell in extra innings.

In the eighth, ninth and 10th innings, the Phillies had a runner on third and couldn’t score. A brilliant play by SS Hechavarria in the eighth saved the Marlins from being swept.

Chase drove in two more runs, giving him 10 in three games this week. He’s primed to win the NL Player of the Week Award.

Day off today and then the final three home games of the season against the fourth-place Mets.

Milestone Territory
Cole needs one more win to reach 100 . . . J-Roll, one more homer for 200 . . . Chase, three more doubles for 300.

Happy Birthday
Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, 70 today.

Joe played one season with the Phillies, 1983, a strange season that ended with a World Series loss to Baltimore. Joe’s memory of that season:

“Bill Giles established a life-long relationship when I broke in with the Astros and he was the PR man. In 1982, I’m living at home (Oakland) and playing for the Giants. Giles called me, said he wanted to bring me to Philly to add my leadership to that of Rose and Schmitty. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave home but finally Bill convinced me and I was traded to the Phillies. I struggled most of the year, was hurt a couple of times but come September I and the team got hot. With me and Garry (Maddox) hitting late home runs, we won the first World Series game in Baltimore but lost the next four. To this day it still bothers me because I know we were the better team.”

For a review of that season, visis http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

This Date
September 19, 1959–CF Richie Ashburn breaks the club record for career hits (2,211) with a seventh-inning single off the first base bag in a 9-3 loss to the Milwaukee Braves at Connie Mack Stadium. Ed Delahanty (1888-89; 1891-1901) held the record.

Camped Out
This has nothing to do with the Phillies but the defending World Champion Giants.

They’re spending the week in New York, having played the Mets and now the Yankees this weekend. Strange.

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