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Blown Out

Jerad Eickhoff has been in the big leagues for a little over a year now. He had never allowed more than two homers in a game. That changed last night in a 15-2 loss that actually was a close game at one point.

That point was after six innings when the Pirates led, 3-2, on three solo homers. A potential inning-ending out was averted when Maikel Franco made an error and Jordy Mercer followed with a three-run homer on a hanging 3-2 pitch. Eickhoff gave up only five hits in 6.2 innings but six runs of which three were earned. He became the third Phillies starter since 1900 to allow four homers in a game but only three earned runs. Last to do it was Don Carman in 1987. No other major leaguer has done that since Carman.

Three Phillies relievers gave up nine runs in the last two innings.

On Wednesday night, the Phillies pounded out 15 hits. Last night they had five while the Pirates had five home runs. The Phillies first base runner came in inning number five.

The Big Piece Farewell
Pete Mackanin told the media pre-game that Ryan Howard will be penciled in the lineup for the final two weekends of the season at Citizens Bank Park, this weekend and the last three games of the season. It will give the fans a chance to say farewell. It is expected that the Phillies will not pick up his option for next season, meaning the end of the final piece of the most productive era in Phillies history. There were a lot of great players during that Phillies run but Howard was the big bat in the middle of the lineup.

The Big Piece has also been big in the community. He’s the Phillies candidate for the Roberto Clemente Award which is annually presented during the World Series.

That last weekend could be an emotional one. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino were all traded so fans couldn’t give them a proper send off.

Going Fishing
Marlins arrived in town yesterday for their final three games of the season vs. the Phillies. Teams are 8-8 with Florida holding a 4-3 edge at Citizens Bank Park. Last time the Marlins won the season series, 10-8, 2008.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Marlins…
**Fresh from winning last 2 in 3-game series in Atlanta.
**They have used 33 pitchers this season.
**Six over .500 at the ASG; 6 under .500 since.
**Hitting .255 at home; .278 on the road.
**Team ERA is 3.40 at home; 4.54 on the road.

New Face

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OF Joey Curletta, 22, was acquired from the Dodgers as the player to be named later in the Carlos Ruiz trade. A right-handed hitter, Curletta hit .251 with 17 homers and 67 RBI splitting time between Hi-A and AA. Curletta is listed at 6-feet-4, 245 pounds.

He was drafted in the sixth round in 2012 out of a Phoenix (AZ) High School. In that same draft, the Phillies’ second-round selection was OF Dylan Cozens from a high school in Scottsdale, AZ. Wonder if they played against each other.

Minor League Report
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division champions.

The BlueClaws were buried in sixth place during the first half of the season but clawed their way back to win the second half and made it to the Championship Series. Now, they’ve got to claw their way back from being down, 2-1, in the best-of-5 series.

The Braves blanked the BlueClaws, 2-0, last night in Lakewood behind Kolby Allard, Atlanta’s first-round pick last summer. The 19-year-old struck out nine Lakewood hitters in six shutout innings.

It is the first time Lakewood has lost back-to-back games since August 11-12.

3B Austin Riley hit his second homer of the series in the T4 on a 0-2 fastball. Three more hits in the inning produced the last run of the game. The RBI hit came on a broken bat.

Lakewood had seven singles, two each by RF Jose Pujols and 3B Damek Tomscha. Wilson Garcia and Jan Hernandez, the two hitters behind Pujols and Tomscha, were 1-8 with five strikeouts. Alberto Tirado was the loser, 5-6-2-2-1-7.

Championship Series, best of 5
Game 1, Lakewood 5, Rome 0
Game 2, Rome 6, Lakewood 1
Game 3, Rome 2, Lakewood 0
Game 4, 7:05 tonight, Rome (Max Fried, 8-7, 3.93) at Lakewood (Harold Arauz, 6-6, 3.18)
Game 5, Saturday, September 17, 7:05 p.m. Rome (Mike Siroka, 9-9, 3.02) at Lakewood (Jose Taveras, 8-8, 3.28)*
*If necessary

Florida Instructional League
Infielders (14)
Bocio,, Keudy; Brito, Dan*; Eldridge, Caleb*; Encarnacion, Luis; Gamboa, Arquismedez#; Gonzalez, Brayan#; Guzman, Jonathan; Hall, Darick*; Henriquez, Jesus#; Stobbe, Cole; Tobias, Josh#; Torres, Nicolas; Tortolero, Jose; Williams, Lucas.

Outfielders (11)
Luis, Juan*; Martinelli, David*; Matos, Malvin; Moniak, Mickey*; Muzziotti, Simon*;
Ortiz, Jhailyn; Pelletier, Ben; Pickett, Greg*; Pujols, Jose; Randolph, Cornelius*;
Stephen, Josh*.
*LH-hitter; #switch hitter.

Transaction
LHR Jeff Singer has been added to the Scottsdale roster in the AFL.

This Date
September 16, 1967
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Rick Joseph hits a one-out, walk-off grand slam to give the Phillies an 8-4 win over Los Angeles. It’s the only pinch-hit, extra-inning grand slam in team history.

September 16, 1997

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RHP Curt Schilling fans nine in beating the Mets to become the first Phillies pitcher with 300 strikeouts in season and the 13th in baseball history.

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A Gaggle of Notes

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Notes of the non-musical variety from last night’s 6-2 win over Pittsburgh……

Phillies pitchers have 12 consecutive starts of allowing three or fewer runs, longest since 2011 (13 straight). Halladay-Lee-Hamels-Oswalt were the starters that year.

Jake Thompson has allowed two or fewer runs in each of last four starts, 2.49 ERA. Homer he gave up was the first off a Phillies starter since September 4.

Last time Phillies had 15 hits was August 2 vs. SF . . . Cesar Hernandez leads all NL players with 12 bunt base hits . . . Aaron Altherr (3 hits) broke 0-17 spin; Tyler Goeddel (2 hits), snapped 0-21 funk.

Roman Quinn’s four games: 6 hits including 3 doubles, 3 walks, 2 RBI, 2 runs, stolen base and first assist (last night). His first three games of his big league career were starts in CF, RF, LF, prompting the question as to when that last happened. The Phillies communication crew came up with the answer: Seattle’s Abraham Almonte, August 30-September 2, 2013. Almonte’s currently with Cleveland.

Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph each hit their 19th home run prompting a tweet:
Matt Gelb ?@MattGelb
Tommy Joseph and Freddy Galvis each have 19 major-league homers in 2016. In March, which feat was least probable?

Official length of game was 2 hours, 57 minutes. The Phillies made three pitching changes during innings and there were two replay reviews. All of that took 11 minutes, 25 seconds by my friendly unofficial math. Pace of game?

Minor League Report
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division champions.

Championship Series, best of 5
Game 1, Lakewood 5, Rome 0
Game 2, Rome 6, Lakewood 1

Game 3 7:05 tonight: Rome (Kolby Allard, 5-3, 3.73) at Lakewood (Alberto Tirado, 7-1, 3.23)

Game 4, Friday, September 16, 7:05 p.m., Rome (Max Fried, 8-7, 3.93) at Lakewood (Harold Arauz, 6-6, 3.18)
Game 5, Saturday, September 17, 7:05 p.m. Rome (Mike Siroka, 9-9, 3.02) at Lakewood (Jose Taveras, 8-8, 3.28)*
*If necessary

Florida Instructional League
Pitchers (30)
Armas, Gustavo; Brown, Andrew; Carrasco, Luis; Carajal, Rafael; De Los Santos, Jesus;
Dyer Grant; Falter, Bailey*; Fanti, Nick*; Garcia, Edgar; Gowdy, Kevin; Hallead, Tyler; Hennigan, Jonathan*; Irvin, Cole*; Kelzer, Jake; Kilome, Franklyn; Kurokawa, Jordan; Llovera, Mauricio; Martinez, Denny*; Medina, Adonis; Miller, Justin; Morales, Francisco;
Nin, Jose; Quinn, Blake; Romero, JoJo*; Rosario, Sandro; Sanchez, Sixto; Silva, Manuel*; Tirado, Alberto; Young, Kyle*.
*Left-handers

Catchers (7)
Aparicio, Juan; Barbier, Brett; Cabral, Edgar; Duran, Rodolfo; Grullon, Deivy; Lartigue, Henri#; Marchan, Rafael.
*LH hitters….#switch-hitters

Tomorrow: infielders and outfielders.

This Date
September 15, 1950
Jim Konstanty pitches 10 innings of relief in a 19-inning, 8-7 victory over Cincinnati, second game of a Friday DH. The game is the longest in Shibe Park history. Konstanty’s line: 10 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 6 BB, 5 SO. Del Ennis, who set a record with 10 at-bats, most by a Phillie in an extra-inning game, has the walk-off single. Phillies had 23 hits and left 23 on base.

September 15, 1984
2B Juan Samuel breaks the club record with his 18th triple in a 4-3 loss to Montreal at the Vet. RF Elmer Flick set the record in 1901. Samuel finishes the season with 19 triples, a club rookie record.

September 15, 1989

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Von Hayes becomes the first player to hit two homers into the upper deck in right field at the Vet in a single game, second game of a doubleheader. St. Louis wins, 7-6.

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Text-book Baseball, Not

Jeanmar Gomez’s late-season struggles continued as pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth lifting the reeling Pirates to a 5-3 win last night. Gomez faced three hitters (BB, 2B, HR) in his fifth blown save. In five innings this month, he’s allowed eight runs. A walk started the inning one of many free passes in the game that wasn’t exactly text book baseball.

It was Pittsburgh’s first win when trailing after eight innings since July 12, 2014, at Cincinnati.

2B Adam Frazier drove in the Pirates first run in the third inning, made an error two innings later that tied the game and failed to turn a double play when the Phillies scored in the sixth for a 2-1 lead. A walk led to that Phillies run.

Alec Asher was impressive in his second start, retiring 11 consecutive Pirates through the first out in the seventh. Back-to-back walks followed and he was lifted in favor of Michael Mariot who issued a walk and a wild pitch that tied the game.

Roman Quinn worked a walk with one out in the eighth, took second on a single, third on another walk and scored on Freddy Galvis’ sacrifice fly setting the stage for the fateful ninth.

Phil-Ins
Quinn has reached base safely in seven of his 13 plate appearances . . . In his first three games, he’s started in CF, RF and LF. When’s the last time that happened? . . . Phillies hitters struck out 15 times giving them 120 this month, most in the majors . . . 0-7 with RISP, a familiar Phillies story.

Scully’s Final Game
Legendary broadcaster Vince Scully, 88, says his final game will be the season finale, October 2, in San Francisco regardless of the Dodgers postseason games.

“I’m going to say goodbye at Dodger Stadium in the last game with Colorado (September 25). I will say goodbye in San Francisco. And then that will be it,” he told the Los Angeles Times.

ICYMI Scully’s first broadcast was the 1950 season opener, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Phillies at Shibe Park, April 18.

Minor League Report
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division champions.

The Rome Braves evened the Championship Series with a 6-1 win over Lakewood behind 20-year-old Touki Toussaint, Arizona’s #1 pick in 2014 who went to Atlanta in the Shelby Miller trade.

3B Damek Tomscha had 3 of Lakewood’s 4 hits, a single, double and seventh-inning home run. Losing pitcher was RH starter Seranthony Dominquez, 4.1-4-5-3-1-4.

3B Austin Riley hit a two-run homer in the third padding Rome’s 1-0 lead. The Braves added two more in the fifth without a hit: walk, wild pitch, E-2, hit batter, stolen base and E-5. Rome finished with seven hits and four steals.

With the series moving from Georgia to New Jersey today is a day off. Play resumes Thursday night in Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park.

Championship Series, best of 5
Game 1, Lakewood 5, Rome 0
Game 2, Rome 6, Lakewood 1
Game 3, Thursday, September 15, 7:05 p.m., Rome (Kolby Allard, 5-3, 3.73) at Lakewood (Alberto Tirado, 7-1, 3.23)
Game 4, Friday, September 16, 7:05 p.m., Rome (Max Fried, 8-7, 3.93) at Lakewood (Harold Arauz, 6-6, 3.18)
Game 5, Saturday, September 17, 7:05 p.m. Rome (Mike Siroka, 9-9, 3.02) at Lakewood (Jose Taveras, 8-8, 3.28)*
*If necessary

Honors
2B Dan Brito, RHS Sixto Sanchez and LHS Nick Fanti were named to the Gulf Coast League All-Star team. Roly deArmas was named manager of the year.

Florida Instructional League
Reporting Date: Sunday for staff and players.

Facilities: Daily workouts at Carpenter Complex; games at Bright House Field.

Games: September 26 through October 14; 12 total games, Yankees, Blue Jays, Pirates and Orioles.

Coordinators: Doug Mansolino (field), Andy Tracy (hitting), Rafael Chaves (pitching), Chris Truby (infield), Ernie Whitt (catching), Andy Abad (outfield/base running).

Staff: Pat Borders (manager), Frank Cacciatore, Tyler Henson, Waner Santana (hitting), Roly deArmas, Shawn Williams (instructors), Carlos Arroyo, Brian Sweeney, Alex Concepcion (pitching)

Tomorrow: pitchers and catchers . . . Thursday, infielders and outfielders.

Scouting Award
Professional scout Roy Tanner has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Dallas Green Award. Tanner, who has spent 44 years in professional baseball including 27 with the Phillies, was named to his current position in 2009, following 19 seasons as an area scout covering the Carolinas and other southern states. He’ll receive his aware pre-game Thursday. The award was established in 2011 to honor the accomplishments of Green, who has spent 62 years in professional baseball, 46 of which have been with the Phillies.

This Date
September 14, 1984–LHP Steve Carlton wins his 235th game, 9-5 over Montreal at the Vet, to break the club record held by Robin Roberts.

September 14, 2011: RHP Roy Halladay throws a complete game shutout, 1-0, over Houston, clinching a playoff berth in the team’s 146th game. It is the fifth straight year the Phillies have reached the postseason.

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Quinn’s Big Game

The struggling Pirates arrived in town for a four-game series against the Phillies who had lost seven in a row at Citizens Bank Park. When the Pirates scored a first-inning run, it was oh, no, here we go again.

Then something happened in the Phillies second inning, something that had happened only five other times this season…..they scored five run in one inning. Jeremy Hellickson took that gift and kept the Pirates scoreless through his 6.1 innings. For the first time this season, Phillies pitchers have strung together 10 starts of three runs or less.

More firsts were in store in the 6-2 win.

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The switch-hitting Roman Quinn, making his home debut, got his first hit, RBI and stolen base. That hit was a two-RBI double from the left side over the left-fielder’s head. Later he doubled from the right side. This one bounced against the center field wall.

So, who do you think was the last Phillies rookie to have two doubles, at least two RBI and a stolen base in a game? Jimmy Rollins? Good guess but wrong. June 26, 2007, Carlos Ruiz, against the Reds at CBP. But, a stolen base? Second inning as part of a double steal, Ruiz stole home. Perhaps even more shocking, the batter at the plate was Chase Utley. No one ever stole home again when he was at-bat.

Jorge Alfaro pinch hit and got his first major league hit, a swinging bunt down the third base line. Tonight, he starts his first game behind the plate.

Phil-Ins
Freddy Galvis went deep to start that five-run second inning, his ninth in his last 30 games and #18 on the season. Going into this year he had 20 in four seasons. His career high for a minor league season was eight in Reading in 2111 . . . Cody Asche doubled in a run but didn’t have to duplicate what he had done on September 12 of 2014 and 2015. He hit a walk-off home run on each date . . . Cesar Hernandez drew three walks giving him 33 in his last 42 games . . . Reading manager Dusty Wathan has joined the coaching staff for the rest of the season.

Minor League Report
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division champions.

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21-year-old Franklyn Kilome allowed one hit in seven innings as the Lakewood opened the Championship Series with a 5-0 win in Rome, GA.

The 6-foot-6 right-hander retired the first 12 Braves before DH Justin Ellison doubled. Kilome finished the night with two walks and nine strikeouts, eight swinging. In his final 10 regular season starts, he was 4-1, with a 2.05 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 52.2 innings. The Dominican Republic native is listed as #9 in the MLB Pipeline of the top 30 Phillies prospects.

Grant Dyer, another 21-year-old RHP, retired the last six Braves, three on strikeouts. He was an eighth-round selection in June out of UCLA.

The BlueClaws took advantage of some sloppy infield defense, scoring the first four runs around three errors. Lakewood’s first run came in T3. Four innings later two singles, a wild pitch and two errors accounted for three runs. The lone earned run was a solo home run by 1B Wilson Garcia T8.

Championship Series, best of 5
Game 1, Lakewood 5, Rome 0
Game 2, 7:05 tonight, Lakewood (Seranthony Dominquez, 5-2, 2.42) at Rome (Touki Toussaint, 4-8, 4.88)
Game 3, Thursday, September 15, 7:05 p.m., Rome (Kolby Allard, 5-3, 3.73) at Lakewood (Alberto Tirado, 7-1, 3.23)
Game 4, Friday, September 16, 7:05 p.m., Rome (Max Fried, 8-7, 3.93) at Lakewood (Harold Arauz, 6-6, 3.18)*
Game 5, Saturday, September 17, 7:05 p.m. Rome (Mike Siroka, 9-9, 3.02) at Lakewood (Jose Taveras, 8-8, 3.28)*
*If necessary

Gulf Coast League Phillies (43-15), Northwest Division Champions
Hitting Leaders
G OF Malvin Matos, 48
AVG INF Jose Antequera, .299
R 2B Dan Brito, 35
H Brito, 54
2B 3B Danny Zardon/Antequera, 13
3B Brito, 5
HR RF Jhailyn Ortiz, 8
RBI CF Mickey Moniak, 28
SB Matos/Moniak, 10

Pitching Leaders
G RH Tyler Frohwirth, 18
W RH Luis Carrasco/LH Nick Fanti/RH Mauricio Llovera, 7
ERA RH Sixto Sanchez, 0.50
SV Frohwirth, 10
IP Sanchez, 54
SO Fanti, 65
WHIP Sanchez, 0.76

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Back Home With Bucs

Young starting pitchers continue to keep the Phillies in games but the offense continues to struggle. It happened again yesterday as the Nationals ended the four-game series with their third straight win, 3-2.

Adam Morgan pitched well once again and once again was tagged with the loss even though he gave up only two runs on three hits and two walks in six innings. Pitching carefully, he walked Bryce Harper to start the seventh. Edubray Ramos replaced Morgan and promptly gave up a game-tying double that broke a 1-1 tie. A passed ball accounted for the second run of the inning.

The offense out-hit the Nats, 7-4. Three times the Phillies grounded into double plays. Their lone runs came on solo homers by Tommy Joseph and Freddy Galvis. Lack of run support puts a lot of pressure on the pitchers not to make a mistake.

Alec Asher-Jake Thompson-Jerad Eickhoff and Morgan combined for 24.1 innings, 15 hits, four runs, six walks and 12 strikeouts in the series. Offensively, Phillies bats produced 10 total runs, nine coming via the long ball and one on an RBI single by Galvis in the fifth inning on Friday night.
Since returning from AAA on August 14, Morgan has pitched well, a 3.86 ERA after six starts during which he’s held the enemy to two or fewer runs five times. What has he got to show for it? 1 win, 2 no decisions, 3 losses.

Phil-Ins
Of Joseph’s 18 homers, half have tied the game, including yesterday . . . Galvis has gone 45 straight games without an error and has one error the second half . . . His homer was #17. Only Jimmy Rollins hit more among Phillies shortstops, including 30 in his 2007 MVP season . . . Jeremy Hellickson (10-9), tonight’s starter, is looking for 1st win since August 20, It is the first of a four-game series with the Bucs.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Pirates….
**Fresh from losing last 3 of a 4-game series vs. the Reds; 11th loss in the last 13 games.
**Won 2 of 3 vs. Phillies in PNC in July; 2-2 in 4-game series at CBP a year ago.
**Team batting average (.258) ranks 5th in NL; 4.16 ERA is 8th. UPDATE
**Have scored 628 runs, given up 648. UPDATE
**46-43 record at All-Star Game.

Minor League Report

Reading Fightin Phils
Manager Dusty Wathan’s last comment on his last game report after Saturday night’s loss: “Great year and proud to be in charge of this group of men!!!”

Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division champions.

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After getting to Rome the BlueClaws worked out yesterday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium. The SAL is divided into two 7-team divisions, North and South. Lakewood (North) and Rome Braves (South) each finished sixth the first half, won the second half and Division Series. The two teams did not meet during the regular season.

Overall
Lakewood was 74-65 . . . 39-30 at home . . . 35-35 on the road . . . Team average (.268), ranked second . . . Team ERA (3.53), fifth.

Rome, 70-69 . . . 30-40 at home . . . 40-29 on the road . . . Team average (.252), fourth . . . Team ERA (3.69), ninth . . . Batting leader: 2B Luke Dykstra (.304), Lenny Dykstra’s son.

Championship Series, best of 5
Game 1, 7:05 tonight, Lakewood (Franklyn Kilome, 5-8, 3.85) at Rome
Game 2, Tuesday, September 13, 7:05 p.m., Lakewood at Rome
Game 3, Thursday, September 15, 7:05 p.m., Rome at Lakewood
Game 4, Friday, September 16, 7:05 p.m., Rome at Lakewood*
Game 5, Saturday, September 17, 7:05 p.m. Rome at Lakewood*
*If necessary

This Date
September 12, 1972

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22-year-old Mike Schmidt, wearing #22, makes his big league debut, taking over for Don Money at third base in the top of the second inning during a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets at Veterans Stadium before a sparse crowd of 5,057.

An inning later he strikes out against RHP Jim McAndrew in his first at-bat. In the fifth inning, he gets his first hit, a ground ball single to left. He finishes the day, 1-for-3 with a walk.

Four days later, he hits his first home run against Montreal LHP Balor Moore, also at the Vet. The three-run homer in the seventh inning lifts the Phillies to a 3-1 win.

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Reading Ousted From Playoffs

Despite another strong outing by a young starting pitcher the Phillies lost another game because another night of no offense. Oh, you’ve read this before?

Jared Eickhoff tossed six scoreless innings to match Max Scherzer but in the end, the Phillies lost, 3-0, when left-handed hitter Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer off lefty reliever Patrick Schuster with one out in the eighth. It was the 10th time the Phillies failed to score, five of those coming in the last 18 games.

Alec Asher, Jake Thompson and Eickhoff, the three young arms acquired last summer in the Cole Hamels trade, each pitched effectively over the first three games of this series. Combined they allowed two runs in 17.1 innings. That’s a plus. With overworked relievers Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez not available the last two days, the Nationals won both games against the Phillies bullpen.

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Cameron Rupp’s 15 homers makes him the third Phillies catcher since 1997 to hit that many, Mike Lieberthal (five times) and Carlos Ruiz (2012). Lieberthal holds the club record (31, 1999) . . . Phils are 26-36 against teams in their own division. They began the season 13-8 . . . Phillies are 11-11 on Sundays. In case you aren’t aware today is the 11th day of this month.

Roster Additions
ICYMI: LF Cody Asche, RHS Phil Klein, RHR Luis Garcia and LHR Joely Rodriguez joined the Phillies yesterday afternoon following the end of Lehigh Valley’s season the night before. To make room for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster, INF Taylor Featherson was designated for assignment.

CF Roman Quinn and  C Jorge Alfaro  were recalled from Reading this morning, giving the Phillies 36 players.

New Face

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The 24-year-old Rodriquez was originally signed by the Pirates out of the Dominican Republic in 2009 and acquired by the Phillies in a trade for Antonio Bastardo, 12/10/14 . . . A starter and occasional reliever, he was moved to the bullpen full time this season . . . Combined at Clearwater-Reading-Lehigh Valley he was 7-0, 2.35 ERA in 53 G, 76.2 IP, 65 H, 23 BB, 69 SO, 1.15 WHIP. Allowed 3 R in last 14.2 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 14 SO in AAA . . . He’s wearing #63.

MLB Note
ESPN’s Peter Gammons on twitter late Friday night: “Giants/D’Backs used 15 relievers for 3 or fewer outs. September baseball.”

SF won the game in 11 innings, 7-6, but Arizona had the edge in pitchers used, 12-8.

Minor League Report
Reading Fightin’ Phils, Eastern League Eastern Division Champions.

Errors and two-out runs cost the Reading Fightin Phils as they lost to the Trenton Thunder, 3-2, ending their season. Trenton, which finished second to Reading in the season, took the semi-final playoff round, 3-1. The two teams played eight straight games against each other as the regular season’s final series was four games in Trenton, a 2-2 split.

1B Dante Bichette Jr. homered in T2, a throwing error by 3B Harold Martinez led to a T3 run and another throwing error, this one by SS KC Serna, paved the way for Trenton’s third run T5. Each run came with two out.

RBI singles by DH Jake Fox (B2) and Christian Marrero (B7) accounted for Reading’s run. With RISP, Reading was 1-9. Four Trenton pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts.

Losing pitcher: Tyler Viza, 6-4-3-1-2-5. Reading’s third pitcher, Victor Arano, struck out all four hitters he faced.

Trenton is a farm team of the Yankees as is Scranton/Wilkes-Barre which eliminated Lehigh Valley in the AAA playoffs on Friday night.

Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division champions.

They will spend today riding a bus from New Jersey to Georgia where they begin the Championship Series against the Rome Braves on Monday. Rome won the Southern Division playoff over Charleston last night, 2 games to 1.

Lakewood has been in three Championship Series and won each time, 2006, 2009, 2010.

Northern Division Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, Lakewood 6, Hagerstown 1
Game 2, Lakewood 5, Hagerstown 2

Southern Division Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, Rome 3, Charleston 1
Game 2, Charleston 4, Rome 3
Game 3, Rome 4, Charleston 1

Championship Series, best-of-5
Game 1, Monday, September 12, 7:05 p.m., Lakewood at Rome
Game 2, Tuesday, September 13, 7:05 p.m., Lakewood at Rome
Game 3, Thursday, September 15, 7:05 p.m., Rome at Lakewood
Game 4, Friday, September 16, 7:05 p.m., Rome at Lakewood*
Game 5, Saturday, September 17, 7:05 p.m. Rome at Lakewood*
*If necessary

This Date
September 11, 1942
CF Edwin Freed ties the NL record for most hits in first MLB game: four (single, two doubles, triple). Cincinnati wins, 8-5, at Shibe Park. Freed appeared in 12 more games that September, finishing big league career with 10 total hits.

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Alfaro’s Big Night

Jake Thompson turned in this third straight strong start but didn’t get the loss this time as the Nationals edged the Phillies 5-4 on Trea Turner’s walk-off homer with two out in the last of the ninth off Frank Hermann.

Thompson left after 5.1 innings trailing, 2-1. In his last three starts he has allowed four runs over 19.1 innings, a 2.33 ERA. His run support while he’s in those three games is a microscopic one run. He tried to help his own cause with double leading off the fifth, his first extra base hit as a pro. Not surprising, he never got beyond third base.

Turner’s two-run homer (B7) off Colton Murray upped the Nats’ lead to 4-1. Cameron Rupp saved Thompson from getting a loss with a towering three-run homer (T8) way over the Phillies bullpen in left center. It also prevented Tanner Roark from going 4-0 against the Phillies this season.

Phil-Ins
The Phillies usual three relievers at the back end of the game, Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez, were given the night off because of their heavy workload recently . . . The Nationals have a 37-player roster, which includes 15 relievers. It is called September baseball . . . Max Scherzer, 7-1, lifetime against the Phillies tonight.

Minor League Report
Paul Owens Award Winners.

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All three will be honored pre-game when the White Sox play at Citizens Bank Park on September 20. Each had a massive season this year.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division. Wildcard winner.

Scranton/Wilkes Barre swept the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in three straight to advance to the league’s Governor Cup Championship Series, 11-3, in PNC Park.

Phil Klein, who had allowed 11 earned runs in 65.1 innings during the season was troughed up for 10 runs (eight earned) in 3 innings. Because rain, the game didn’t start until 8:46 and SWB scored 3 in B1, two on wild pitches. The RailRiders blew the game open with eight in B4. Lehigh Valley scored its’ first run of the series in T4, ending a streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings. 2B Jesmuel Valentin drove in all of LV’s runs with two hits.

After the game, Lehigh Valley’s bus headed south on the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike for Allentown. Most of the players will clear out their lockers today and head back to their respective homes. A few will join the Phillies in Washington.

Reading Fightin’ Phils, Eastern League Eastern Division Champions.

Down 2-0 to Trenton in the best-of-5 semi-final playoffs, the Fightin Phils returned home to the friendly confines of FirstEnergy Stadium where they were 51-20 during the series.

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C Jorge Alfaro’s four hits led a 16-hit attack that included four doubles and four homers. In the two losses in Trenton, the Fightins had three extra base hits. The 23-year old Alfaro had two singles and a pair of home runs, scored three and drove in three.

1B Rhys Hoskins and 3B Harold Martinez hit the other homers. CF Roman Quinn scored twice giving him five in the series. RF Dylan Cozens had a single, double, run, RBI and walk.

21-year-old LH Elniery Garcia, making his AA debut, was the winner, 6-7-3-2-1-4. He also hit a batter, picked off a runner at first and committed an error on another pick-off attempt.

Division Series, best-of-5
Game 1, Trenton 3, Reading 2
Game 2, Trenton 9, Reading 4
Game 3, Reading 14, Trenton 5
Game 4, 7:05 tonight, Trenton (Caleb Smith, 3-5, 3.96) at Reading (Tyler Viza, 4-6, 4.69)
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:05 p.m., Trenton (Kyle Haynes, 1-3, 7.39) at Reading (John Richy, 4-4, 5.11)*
*If necessary

Championship Series, best-of-5
September 13-17

Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd-half champions.

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The BlueClaws advanced to the Championship Series by sweeping Hagerstown in two straight games in the best-of-3 semi-final round, 5-2. Last time Lakewood was in the championship round was 2010.

1B Wilson Garcia got Lakewood off to a quick start with a two-run double T1. 3B Damek Tomscha iced the game with a two-run triple in T7 after the Suns had crept back in the game, down 3-2 in B5. Tomscha had two walks and was hit by pitch in his four plate appearances. Lead-off hitter, RF Mark Laird had four hits and a walk, scored three times and stole a base.

Jose Taveras was the winner, 7-7-2-2-0-4. Sutter McLoughlin pitched a scoreless ninth, one strikeout, for the save.

Lakewood began its’ season, 1-9. On May 24, the BlueClaws were 0-11 against Hagerstown which won the first half while the BlueClaws finished sixth. Lakewood (44-25) won the second half by five games over the Suns.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, Lakewood 6, Hagerstown 1
Game 2, Lakewood 5, Hagerstown 2

Championship Series, best-of-5
Starts Monday in either Rome, GA (ATL) or Charleston, SC (NYY). Deciding game will be played tonight in Charleston.

Lakewood will host Game 3, and if necessary Games 4 and 5.

This Date
September 10, 2009
Matt Stairs ties club record for most pinch-hit home runs in a season with five,
connecting with the bases loaded, but Phillies lose in Washington, 8-7.

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Asher Gets 1st W

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Alec Asher won his first major league game by keeping the Nationals off the scoreboard for six innings in the Phillies 4-1 victory last night in DC. The 24-year-old was 0-6 before making his first start this season. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out none in throwing 75 pitches, 55 for strikes. 14 of his outs were fly balls.

All the Phillies runs came in the third inning, a solo homer by Peter Bourjos off the left field foul pole and a three-run blast to left center by Ryan Howard. It was Howard’s 14th homer in Nationals Park, second only in an enemy yard to the 22 he’s hit in Turner Field. It was career #378, tying Matt Williams for 72nd place on the all-time list.

Hector Neris allowed the run in the eighth while Jeanmar Gomez, making his seventh appearance in the last nine games, recorded his 36th save.

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On April 28, the Phillies completed a three-game sweep in Nationals Park. Since then the Nationals had defeated the Phillies nine straight times . . . Phillies are 49-21 when scoring four or more runs; 14-56, three runs or less . . . So, the Phillies face Tanner Roark, Max Scherzer and Gio Gonzalez the next three days. Combined, they are 7-1, 1.53 ERA against the Phillies this season, including three wins recently at Citizens Bank Park giving up a total of three runs. Law of averages has to be on the Phillies’ side.

Minor League Report
Two seasons ago, the Phillies farm system (six U. S.-based clubs) had winning percentage of .430, last in the majors. None of those teams reached the postseason. This season, .590 percentage which ranks as the best. Four of the six advanced to the postseason.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division. Wildcard winner.

For the second straight day, the IronPigs were shut out on four hits by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-0, giving the RailRiders a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 semi-final playoff round. SWB ended the season on a seven-game winning streak. 34-year-old Phil Coke worked seven innings for the win, three hits, no walks and seven strikeouts. Losing pitcher: Anthony Vasquez, 4-6-4-4-2-2.

Series shifts to PNC Park where the RailRiders were 44-27, the best home record in the league.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-5
Game 1, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2, Lehigh Valley 0
Game 2, SWB 7, LV 0
Game 3, tonight, 6:35, LV (RHP Phil Klein, 5-1, 1.52) at SWB (RHP Bryan Mitchell, 0-0, 1.00)
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 6:35 p.m., LV (David Buchanan, 10-9, 3.98) at SWB (Richard Bleier, 2-3, 3.72)*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 1:05 p.m., LV at SWB*
*If necessary

Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.
September 13-17

Reading Fightin’ Phils, Eastern League Eastern Division Champions.

The Trenton Thunder took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 semi-final series with 9-4 win in Arm & Hammer Park. Five Reading pitchers gave up 12 hits and seven walks while striking out only two. Four of Trenton’s runs came on sacrifice flies.

Reading scored in the first inning but Trenton had 2-run innings in the third-fourth and fifth inning and put the game away with a three-run eighth. Losing pitcher: Ricardo Pinto, 3-6-4-4-2-2.

The Fightin Phils had nine hits, including a Dylan Cozens home run, and struck out 10 times. With RISP, 1-10. CF Ramon Quinn, 2-4, R, RBI, BB, SB. 2B Scott Kingery, 2-4.

Series shifts to Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium. The Fightins had an unbelievable
51-20 record at home. Trenton played only one series there and was swept in three games in late May. Reading needs another sweep or their season is over. 21-year-old LF Elniery Garcia makes his AA debut tonight after a 12-4, 2.68 season with Clearwater.

Division Series, best-of-5
Game 1, Trenton 3, Reading 2
Game 2, Trenton 9, Reading 4
Game 3, tonight 7:05, Trenton (LHP Justus Sheffield, 0-0, 0.00) at Reading (Elniery Garcia, 0-0, 0.00)
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m., Trenton (Caleb Smith, 3-5, 3.96) at Reading (Tyler Viza, 4-6, 4.69)*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:05 p.m., Trenton at Reading*
*If necessary

Championship Series, best-of-5
September 13-17

Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd-half champions.

Series resumes tonight in Hagerstown’s Municipal Stadium. RHP Jose Taveras will start for the BlueClaws. The 22-year-old from the Dominican Republic led the league with 154 strikeouts and was second in WHIP (1.03). He won his final four decisions and is 5-2 on the road.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, Lakewood 6, Hagerstown 1.
Game 2, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. Lakewood (RHP Jose Taveras, 8-8, 3.28) at Hagerstown (LHP Tyler Watson 1-1, 4.80)
Game 3, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m. Lakewood (Franklyn Kilome 5-8, 3.85) at Hagerstown (Joan Baez, 9-7, 3.94)*
*If necessary

Championship Series, best-of-5

This Date
September 9, 1997

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Just hours after broadcasting a Phillies game, Richie Ashburn dies in a New York hotel. Ashburn’s passing produces a huge outpouring of affection from friends and fans. Phillies win, 1-0, over the Mets. Ironically, as a player with the Phillies, he wore #1 and his final game was with the Mets.

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Blanked Again

A broom for a sweep of the Marlins in Miami last night wasn’t needed as the Phillies fell, 6-0. Using bats instead of broom sticks, the Phillies offense managed four hits against Andrew Cashner and none off four Miami relievers. Cashner, 0-4 after for Miami after acquiring him in a trade, held them scoreless through 5.2 innings, striking out nine and throwing 103 pitches.

In the top of first the Phillies had two runners in scoring position. Neither runner moved. Once again the Phillies were hitless with RISP, 7 at-bats. But, that’s a broken record. As Pete Mackanin said after the game, “Back to no offense.”

The shutout was the ninth against the Phillies of which four have happened in the last 15 games.

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First of four gams four days in Nationals Park is tonight . . . Nats have won nine straight against the Phillies, longest streak in Expos-Nationals franchise history and lead the season series, 11-4 . . . Phillies are 3-3 in DC. Last win, April 28, the sweep of a three-game series . . . 24-year-old RH Alex Asher will start for the Phillies. He was 0-6 a year ago, including a loss to Washington . . . Following Asher in the rotation are Jake Thompson and Jared Eickhoff. All three were acquired in the Cole Hamels trade last season.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Nationals:
**The Nationals have 37 players on their roster.
**Pitching staff is second in ERA (3.46) and strikeouts (1,267).
**Bullpen has allowed the fewest homers (49) in the majors.
**They have dominated the NL East (42-18).
**Five players have hit 20 or more home runs

Minor League Report

Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division. Wildcard winner.

Ben Lively walked one batter and SWB CF Mark Williams followed with a two-out home run in T8, giving the RailRiders a 2-0 win the first playoff game. Lively began by retiring 20 of the first 24 batters. Like their big league brothers in Miami, the IronPigs had just four hits and were 0-7 with RISP.

Lively’s line: 7.2-5-2-2-1-8. 1B Brock Stassi had half of LV’s hit total.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-5
Game 1, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 2, Lehigh Valley 0.
Game 2, tonight, 7:05 p.m., SWB (LHP Phil Coke, 5-3, 2.96) at LV (LHP Anthony Vasquez, 4-1, 2.64)
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 6:35 p.m., LV (RHP Phil Klein, 5-1, 1.52) at SWB (RHP Brady Lail, 7-6, 5.07)
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 6:35 p.m., LV at SWB*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 1:05 p.m., LV at SWB*
*If necessary

Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.
September 13-17

Reading Fightin’ Phils, Eastern League Eastern Division Champions.

Trenton edged Reading, 3-2, scoring the winning run (unearned) without a hit in B7. Mark Leiter Jr. pitched well but came out the loser. With one out 1B Dante Bichette Jr. drew a walk. Following a strikeout, Bichette advanced to second on a wild pitch and continued to third on a throwing error by C Jorge Alfaro. Bichette scored on another wild pitch.

Alfaro drove in Reading’s first run with a single T3, tying the score at 1-1. Two innings later RF Dylan Cozens doubled home a run to again tie the score. CF Roman Quinn scored both runs and stole a base. Reading offense was 2-10 with RISP, left 10 on base and struck out 13 times.

Leiter’s line: 7.5-5-3-2-2-10.

Division Series, best-of-5
Game 1, Trenton 3, Reading 2.
Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:00 p.m. Reading (RHP Ricardo Pinto, 7-6, 4.10) at Trenton (RHP Will Carter, 1-3, 330)
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. Trenton (LHP Justus Sheffield, 0-0, 0.00) at Reading (Elniery Garcia, 0-0, 0.00)
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m., Trenton at Reading*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:05 p.m., Trenton at Reading*
*If necessary

Championship Series, best-of-5
September 13-17

Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd-half champions.

3B Damek Tomscha’s two-run double broke a 1-1 tie in B5 sending the BlueClaws on their way to a 6-1 win over Hagerstown. SS Emmanuel Marrero’s RBI single had tied the game earlier in the same inning. Marrero led the 12-hit attack with three hits and two RBI.

Hagerstown scored a run with one out in T1, walk, wild pitch, hit batter and single. The Suns were limited to three hits the rest of the way by four Lakewood pitchers:
Alberto Tirado, 4-3-1-1-3-5; Grant Dyer(W), 3-1-0-0-1-2; Zach Morris, 1-0-0-0-0-2; Sutter McLoughlin, 1-0-0-0-0-2.

Lakewood is 16-4 all-time in postseason play. Series resumes Friday in Hagerstown’s Municipal Stadium.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, Lakewood 6, Hagerstown 1.
Game 2, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. Lakewood (RHP Jose Taveras, 8-8, 3.28) at Hagerstown (LHP Tyler Watson 1-1, 4.80)
Game 3, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m. Lakewood at Hagerstown*
*If necessary

Championship Series, best-of-5

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (43-15), Northwest Division Champions; lost in Championship Series.

Scoring 3 times in T6, the Cardinals went on to defeat the Phillies, 4-2, at Bright Houses Field and win the Championship Series, 2-1. A hit batter, wild pitch, walk, 2 singles, 2 stolen bases and an error produced the 3 runs.

Danny Zardon’s 2-run single staked the Phillies to a lead in the first inning. After that the Phillies were scoreless on four singles.

Pitching lines: Kyle Young, 6-2-1-1-2-4; Luis Carrasco (L), 1-2-3-3-1-0; Jordan
Kurokawa, 2-0-0-0-0-0; Tyler Frohwirth, 1-0-0-0-2-0.

Championship Series, best-of-3
Game 1, Cardinals 4, Phillies 0.
Game 2, Phillies 3, Cardinals 2.
Game 3, Cardinals 4, Phillies 2

Players of the Week (August 29-Sept. 5)

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OF Enmanuel Garcia, Williamsport… The 22-year-old batted .379 (11-29) with 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 9 RBI, 2 walks, a stolen base and an .828 slugging percentage in seven games. He recorded three multi-hit games. The Dominican Republic native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on April 2, 2013.

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Ben Lively, Lehigh Valley… Lively, 24, made his final start of the season on September 2, tossing 6.0 no-hit, no-walk innings while striking out 10 batters, a season-high in triple-A. It was his 18th win of the season between Reading and Lehigh Valley, most in the minor leagues in 2016. The right-hander led the International League in WHIP (0.93) and opponents’ batting average (.196), was tied for first in wins (11) and ranked second in ERA (3.06). Lively was acquired from Cincinnati in exchange for Marlon Byrd and cash considerations on December 31, 2014.

Honors
Reading’s 1B Rhys Hoskins and RF Dylan Cozens named to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star team.

Eastern League: Cozens, Most Valuable Player; Hoskins, Rookie of the Year; Dustin Wathan, Manager of the Year (second consecutive season).

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Morgan’s Spin Ends

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Adam Morgan finally got that nine-game losing streak monkey off his back last night but it wasn’t easy. Wonder what was going through his mind as a 4-1 lead dwindled to 4-3 in the eighth and the Marlins put the winning runs on base in the ninth. Jeanmar Gomez struck out Dee Gordon and Morgan could relax.

Since returning to the big leagues on August 19, he’s had one dud out of five starts. A performance like that will play well as the Phillies look to build a pitching rotation for next year.

The lefty gave up one run on five hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out five in throwing 85 pitches.

Odubel Herrera looked like his self at the plate, single, triple and three runs scored. Cesar Hernandez added three hits from the leadoff spot with Tommy Joseph and Freddy Galvis, the 4-5 hole hitters, driving in two runs each.

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Hector Neris gave up the two eighth-inning runs, his first multiple-run inning since June 15 . . . Phillies had gone nine 10 straight games with nine hits or less until getting 10 last night . . . Morgan was backed by a great running catch by Herrera and Peter Bourjos throwing out a runner trying to go from first to third . . . Two straight wins for the first time since 4 in a row August 10, 12-13-14 . . . Galvis leads all NL shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage and just six errors . . . Alex Asher will pitch Thursday night in Washington.

Minor League Report
Players of Month (August)

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Lehigh Valley IronPigs, International League North Division. Wildcard winner.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-5
Game 1, tonight, 7:05–Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (LH Jordan Montgomery 5-1, 0.97) at Lehigh Valley (Ben Lively, 11-5, 3.05)
Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:05 p.m., SWB (LH Phil Coke, 5-3, 2.96) at LV (Anthony Vasquez, 4-1, 2.64)
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 6:35 p.m., LV (Phil Klein, 5-1, 1.52) at SWB
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 6:35 p.m., LV at SWB*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 1:05 p.m., LV at SWB*
*If necessary

Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.
September 13-17

Lehigh Valley: Finished with overall second-best record to SWB, 84-58 . . . 42-30 at Coca-Cola Park . . . 43-28 on the road . . . 7-3 in final 10 games . . . Set club record in home runs (122) . . . Second in league in ERA (3.12), led in WHIP (1.15).

Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders (NYY): Finished 91-52, 6 games ahead of LV . . . 44-27 at PNC Park . . . 47-25 on the road . . . 8-2 in final 10 games, winning last 7 . . . Led league in hitting (.266), runs (654), ERA (2.98) and shutouts (24).

Season series: 9-7 SWB including 5-3 at PNC Park.

Reading Fightin’ Phils, Eastern League Eastern Division Champions.

Division Series, best-of-5
Game 1, tonight 7:00–Reading (Mark Leiter Jr., 6-3, 3.39) at Trenton (Ronald Herrera, 10-7, 3.75)
Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:00 p.m. Reading (Ricardo Pinto 7-6, 4.10) at Trenton
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. Trenton at Reading (Elniery Garcia 0-0, 0.00)
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m., Trenton at Reading*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:05 p.m., Trenton at Reading*
*If necessary

Championship Series, best-of-5
September 13-17

Reading: Won division title by 2.5 games over Trenton with an 88-52 record . . . 51-20 at FirstEnergy Stadium . . . 38-32 on the road . . . 6-4 in final 10 games . . . Led League in hitting (.270), runs (790), hits (1,309), doubles (270), home runs (185), walks (515), on-base percentage (.344), slugging (.450) and OPS (795).

Trenton Thunder (NYY): Finished second (87-55) to earn playoff berth (first and second place team in the EL’s two divisions) . . . 49-22 at Arm & Hammer Park . . . 38-33 on the road . . . 6-4 in final 10 games . . . Dominated in pitching, leading EL in ERA (3.12), shutouts (15), saves (50), fewest runs (491), strikeouts (1,239) and WHIP (1,21).

Season Series: 9-6 Reading . . . 6-6 in three series played in Trenton while only one series in Reading, a 3-0 Fightin Phils sweep . . . Season ended in Trenton, 2-2 split.

Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd-half champions.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, tonight, 7:05–Hagerstown (Jefry Rodriguez, 7-11, 4.96) at Lakewood (Alberto Tirado, 7-1, 3.23)
Game 2, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. Lakewood (Jose Taveras, 8-8, 3.28) at Hagerstown
Game 3, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m. Lakewood at Hagerstown*
*If necessary

Championship Series, best-of-5

Lakewood: Finished 6th in 1st half, 29-40 . . . Won 2nd half, 44-25 by 5 games over Hagerstown . . . 21-11 at FirstEnergy Park . . . 24-14 on road . . . 8-2 in final 10 games . . . 74-65 overall, 2nd in division to Hagerstown . . . Second in team average (.266), fifth in ERA (3.53), tied for 1st in shutouts (14) and pitchers led in strikeouts (1,267).

Hagerstown Suns (WSH): Won 1st half, 43-27 . . . Finished second in 2nd half, 40-30 . . . 7-3 in final 10 games . . . 18-15 at Municipal Stadium . . . 22-15 on the road . . . Overall 83-57, 1st in division . . . Third in team average (.261), 1st in runs scored (668), 11th in team ERA (3.75).

Season Series: 15-7 Hagerstown; started season 11-0 vs. Lakewood through May 24.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (43-15), Northwest Division Champions.

Championship Series, best-of-3
Game 1, Cardinals 4, Phillies 0.
Game 2, Phillies 3, Cardinals 2.
Game 3, 12 noon today–Clearwater* (18-year-old, 6-foot-10 LH Kyle Young, 3-0, 2.67)
*If necessary

Scoring 3 times in the B5 on a double by CF Malvin Matos and a two-run single by RF Jhailyn Ortiz, the Phillies went on to edge the Cardinals, 3-2, yesterday and even the best-of-3 Championship Series at 1-1. Until that inning, the Phillies were 1-14 with RISP in the series.

The Cardinals’ runs came in T1 on two hits and two errors off starter Kevin Gowdy. Both runs were unearned. The Cardinals hit into a DP to end the 8th and end the game.

Gowdy, 2-2-2-0-0-0; Nick Fanti(W), 5.1-3-0-0-0-6; Randy Alcantara, .2-1-0-0-0-0; Jose Nin (SV), 1-2-0-0-1-0.

Ortiz had 2 other singles and 2B Dan Brito added a pair of hits. CF Mickey Moniak did not play because of a hip injury. He left the first game after 2 at-bats.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: INF Angelo Mora and RHR Gregory Infante, transferred from Reading.
Reading: SS Malquin Canelo, transferred from Reading; LHR Hoby Milner, transferred from LV.
Clearwater, LHR Joey Denato, transferred from Reading.
Lakewood: of Jesus Alastre, transferred from Williamsport.
Williamsport: RHS Harold Arauz, transferred from Lakewood.

This Date

Gregory Michael Luzinski (the Bull) Positions: Leftfielder and Designated Hitter Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 1", Weight: 220 lb. Born: November 22, 1950 in Chicago, IL (Age 63) High School: Notre Dame HS (Niles, IL) Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 1968 amateur draft. Signed June 9, 1968. (All Transactions) Debut: September 9, 1970 (Age 19) Teams (by GP): Phillies/WhiteSox 1970-1984 Agents: Jack Sands [*] Final Game: September 24, 1984 (Age 33)

September 7, 1971, 2nd game

Greg Luzinski hits frst major league home run (off RHP Reggie Cleveland), a towering shot into Section 570 in a 7-5, 10-inning loss to St. Louis.

September 7, 1972
LHP Steve Carlton beats his former team (Cardinals), 2-1, at the Vet and strikes out nine, breaking the Phillies single season record of 268 set by Jim Bunning in 1965. 23rd win breaks the club record for a LHP set by Eppa Rixey in 1916.

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