Sure Bet?

OK. What was a sure bet coming out of spring training? How about Cole needing nine wins to reach 100 in his Phillies career? As Richie Ashburn used to say, “I’ll bet my house on it.”

Well, Whitey, you’ve lost your house. Cole ended up with a career-low 8 wins and a career-high 11 no decisions. Win #100 will have to wait until next April. He pitched better than his 8-14 record but lack of run support was major. Seven times the Phillies scored one or fewer runs.

And, perhaps the most amazing note of the season: Cole did not pitch with a lead in a game from April 7 through May 31, a span of 62 consecutive innings.

The offense again was in low gear last night and the entire three-game series, scoring a total of four runs. A week ago, the Phillies took two of three from Miami at Citizens Bank Park and scored 21 runs. Perplexing, confusing, confounding, mystifying, baffling, bewildering.

On to Atlanta for the final four games of the season.

This Date
September 26, 1954–CF Richie Ashburn finishes the season by playing in his 730th straight game, a Phillies all-time record that still stands. The streak began June 7, 1950, and ended when Ashburn failed to make the 1955 opener after getting injured in a collision with LF Del Ennis during a spring training exhibition game at Wilmington, DE.

September 26, 1976, 1st game–After watching a lead of 15 ½ games on August 24, 1976, slip to three games in three weeks, the Phillies clinch their first post-season title in 26 years, 4-1 over the Expos in Jarry Park, the final day for the Montreal park.

September 26, 1998, 2nd game–RHP Curt Schilling strikes out seven Florida batters in his final start to finish with 300 strikeouts, only the fifth big league pitcher with 300 or strikeouts in back-to-back seasons.

Closing Ceremonies at the Vet
Paul Hagen’s written a feature about the emotional closing ceremonies at Veterans Stadium which took place 10 years ago. Check it out on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

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