No Match for Braves

The Braves, bidding to win the most games and gain the home field advantage in the playoffs, jumped on Tyler early and coasted last night, 7-1. How important is the home field advantage for Atlanta? The Braves’ 54-24 home record is the best in the NL. On the road, only 40-41.

Four tales of last night’s loss:

**After three innings, Phillies pitchers had thrown 102 pitches, Atlanta’s rookie starter, 38.

**RISP, Atlanta, 6-19; Phillies, 0-12.

**Tyler drove in the Phillies lone run.

**Atlanta had seven extra base hits, including a home run; Phillies, two doubles. They haven’t homered since September 17.

Cliff makes his last start tonight. He’s 3-1 vs. Atlanta this year. Somebody and Miner start the final two games of the season.

Where Are They Now?
Latest Paul Hagen WATN is about Billy Wagner and a new book he’s just published. You can read all about it on http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

This Date
September 27, 1977–RHP Larry Christenson wins his 18th game and drives in five runs as the Phillies capture their second NL East title, 15-9, over Chicago at Wrigley Field, their 101st win for the second straight year.

September 27, 2003–Phillies beat Atlanta, 7-6, in 10 innings for final win at Veterans Stadium. Jim Thome hits last home run and Rheal Cormier is last Phillies pitcher to win a game at Veterans Stadium.

September 27, 2008–The Phillies beat Washington, 4-3, at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up Eastern Division title with one game left.

September 27, 2010–For first time, Phillies win Eastern Division Crown four consecutive years as they beat Nationals, 8-0, in Washington with five games to go.

September 28, 1919–In the fastest game ever played in the major leagues, it takes the New York Giants 51 minutes to beat the Phillies, 6-1, at the Polo Grounds. Most batters swung at the first pitch and ran the bases at will.

September 28, 1958–CF Richie Ashburn goes 3-for-4 in the final game of the season, a 6-4 win at Pittsburgh, to edge Willie Mays, .350 to .347, for the NL batting title. The Phillies haven’t had a batting champion since.

September 28, 1983–C Bo Diaz has five hits, including two homers, and 2B Joe Morgan, four hits and three RBI, as the Phillies clinch the NL East, 13-6, at Chicago, their 14th win in the last 16 games.

September 28, 2003–Before a sellout crowd of 58,554, the final game in Vet history is won by the Atlanta Braves, 5-2. Following the last out, emotional and memorable closing ceremonies are held featuring the 2003 Phillies and nearly 100 alumni, including Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt and Tug McGraw.

September 28, 2011–Phillies set club record for most wins in a season with 102 as they beat Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in 13 innings. Charlie Manuel sets club record for most wins by a manager with 646, passing Gene Mauch.

September 29, 1907, 1st game–RHP George McQuillan’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ends at 25 innings, a Phillies record for the start of a career.

September 29, 1915–The Phillies clinch first NL pennant with a 5-0 win at Boston, a 1-hitter for RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander, his 30th win. It is his fourth 1-hitter and 12th shutout of the season.

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