3rd Straight Series Win

A bang-bang play at first was ruled an out but following a replay review, Ben was ruled safe. He went on to score the decisive run in the eighth inning of a 4-3 win over the Nationals last night.

Thus, the Phillies won their third straight series for the first time since July of last year.

Cole saw a 3-0 lead slip into his 11th no decision. The Phillies are 5-6 in those decisions. He’s now allowed three earned runs or less in each of his last 17 starts (6-3 record). His ERA is 1.90 since June 1, fourth best in the majors.

Pap picked up his 100th save as a Phillie matching Brad Lidge for fourth place on the club-s all-time list. His percentage (87.7%) is the highest for any closer in Phillies history (minimum 100 save opportunities).

From Elias Sports Bureau: Papelbon is the first player in major-league history with at least 200 saves with a team in one league (219, Red Sox) and 100 or more saves for a team in the other league.

Number of the Day
4: Triples for Sizemore, his most since the 2009 season.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley won, 5-4, over Syracuse. 3B Maikel Franco’s 16th HR was a grand slam. He’s hit 4 HR in last 5 G. WP: Sean O’Sullivan (6-10); SV: Luis Garcia (21).

Reading won, 4-1, at Portland. SS KC Serna, 3 hits. WP: Ryan O’Sullivan (6-8), 7 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 SO.

Clearwater lost, 6-2, at Tampa. RF Brian Pointer, 2 of their 4 hits.

Lakewood lost, 6-2, to Hickory. RF Dylan Cozens, 16th HR.

Williamsport won, 8-1, at Batavia. CF Jiandido Tromp, 3 hits, SB. 6 others had 2 hits each. WP: Feliberto Sanchez (3-8).

Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 3-1, over the Yankees1, scoring all runs in the top of the ninth. CF Carlos Duran, 2 2B, single, RBI, 9th SB. WP: Josh Taylor (2-0), 4 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 SO. Victory moved the Phillies to within 1 game of the Yankees1 club in the Northwest Division. 4 Division winners advance to the playoffs. Phillies have 2 games left, today and tomorrow vs. the Pirates.

Dragon Fever
The Taney Dragons, the first team from Philadelphia to reach the Little League World Series, will be honored pre-game today at Citizens Bank Park. Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with the game to follow.

All fans in attendance will receive a Taney Dragons T-shirt.

Where Is He?
Paul Hagen found Steve Jeltz, former Phillies shortstop. Click on http://www.phillies.com/alumni to learn about Steve’s life away from the game and his greatest game.

Book Signings
I’ll be signing my book (If These Walls Could Talk):

**This Thursday (August 28), Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

**Saturday, September 13, Barnes & Noble, 2300 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.

**Sunday, September 28, Citizens Bank Park, behind section 111, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Talking Baseball and the Book
This Monday, 6-7 p.m. with Greg Luzinski and Dan Baker on WBCB Radio and http://www.WBCB.com. Live “Bull Session” show takes place at Chickie’s & Pete’s on Roosevelt Boulevard in northeast Philly. Hope you can join us.

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