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Eickhoff Beats Sale


Jerad Eickhoff is a bulldog and a battler. His second pitch of the game landed in the right field seats. That was it until he yielded consecutive home runs in the seventh inning. Unaccustomed to run support, he got plenty last night, 8-3, over the White Sox.
When the Phillies have scored three or more runs for Eickhoff this year, they are 12-1.

The other hits Eickhoff gave up were singles in his seven-inning outing that stretched the Phillies streak to 18 straight game in which the starting pitcher allowed three earned runs or fewer (2.37 ERA best in the majors). He’s now worked a career-high 187.1 innings. His previous high was 154.1 in AA ball two years ago.


Tommy Joseph helped lead the offense with an RBI double in the three-run first inning and a two-run homer two innings later. This month he’s hitting .340, 4 homers, 11 RBI. The 3-4-5 hitters, Maikel Franco-Joseph-Cameron Rupp, were 6-13 with 7 RBI. From Elias Sports Bureau: It’s the first time in over nine years that Philadelphia’s starters in the third, fourth and fifth spot in the batting order each produced multiple hits and RBIs in a victory, since Utley-Howard Burrell it in a win over the Astros on April 17, 2008.

LH Chris Sale is a perennial Cy Young candidate. His worst outings this season were against the two lowest scoring teams in the NL, the Phillies and Braves. The Phillies chased him after 6 runs in 4 innings. Vs. Atlanta in early July, 8 runs in 6 innings. He was 0-4 vs. the NL this season.

Phillies’ first winning record (11-9) in interleague play since 2011 (9-6) . . . Phillies scored 41 runs in the 6-3 homestand. In the previous disaster 0-6 homestand, 11 runs . . . Four Phillies were hit by pitches, matching the club record at Brooklyn in 1904 and at Cincinnati in 1960 . . . 26 consecutive game on-base streak for Cesar Hernandez, longest since Chase Utley’s 28 streak in 2011 . . . Adam Morgan, tonight’s starter, last won on September 6. Since then, he’s 0-1 for 2 starts, allowing just two earned runs

New York, New York
Ten. That’s how many games are left starting tonight in Citi Field. Seven of the 10 are against the Mets who are in the thick of the wildcard race. Last three games of the season against the Mets are at Citizens Bank Park. It will most likely be Ryan Howard’s final games in a Phillies uniform.

Once termed the “Amazing Mets” a long time ago, they’ve reclaimed that tag this year despite losing their starting third baseman, second baseman, two starting pitchers and one reliever for the season. First baseman Lucas Duda just returned after being on the disabled list since May 20. Plus Steven Matz, a third starter, has been out since mid-August with a shoulder impingement. He’s listed to start Friday.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Mets.
**Fresh from losing 3 games at home vs. Atlanta.
**20-10 in last 30 games.
**Have hit a franchise record 105 homers at home and 205 for the season.
**Have 7-5 season edge over the Phillies but 3-3 at Citi Field.
**Team ERA is 3.54; team batting average, .242.

Minor League Review
Clearwater Threshers, Florida State League North Division

Finished second in both halves and fell short of reaching the playoffs . . . Overall record (82-54) was the best record in the league for the second straight seasosn . . . Attendance: 181,594, second highest ever, led the league for the sixth straight year.

Team Notes
Led the league in wins, 82 and hits, 1,192 . . . Tied for high in saves, 41.

Player Notes
RH Drew Anderson, RH Will Morris and RH Victor Arano combined on a July 11 no-hitter vs. St. Lucie . . . 1B Kyle Martin set a franchise record with 19 home runs. Also set a league record by going 95 games without an error; first error on August 25. .998 fielding percentage tied a league record . . . LHS Elniery Garcia’s .219 opponent’s batting average tied for lowest in FSL.

All-Stars: Selected to the North Division squad: RHS Tom Eshelman, LHS Elniery Garcia, RHR Alexis Rivero, C Chace Numata, 1B Zach Green, 2B Scott Kingery, 3B Mitch Walding, OF Carlos Tocci, OF Cord Sandberg . . . Walding won the ASG Home Run Deerby . . . Post-season: 1B Kyle Martin, Kingery, Walding and Tocci; Manager Greg Legg, names to post-season All-Star team as a coach.

Hitting Leaders

G OF Carlos Tocci, 127
AB Tocci, 500
R 1B Kyle Martin, 68 (photo)
H Tocci, 142
2B 2B Scott Kingery, 29
3B SS Malquin Canelo, 5
HR Martin, 19
RBI Martin, 82
TB Martin, 194
BB 3B Mitch Walding, 52
SO Martin, 117
SB Kingery, 26
OBP C Chace Numata, .377
SLG Walding, .440
AVG Numata, .308
OPS Walding, .812

Pitching Leaders

G RH Ulises Joaquin, 46
GS LH Elniery Garcia, 19 (photo)
W Garcia, 12-4
L RH Ranfi Casimiro, 4-9
ERA Garcia, 2.68
SV Joaquin, 10
IP Garcia, 117.2
H Casimiro, 109
R Casimiro, 67
BB LH Matt Imhoff, 43
SO Garcia, 91
WHIP Garcia, 1.10

This Date
September 22, 2008
Greg Dobbs sets Phillies record for most pinch hits in a season when he gets his 22nd at
Citizens Bank Park in eighth inning against Atlanta as Phillies beat Braves, 6-2.

Who’s On 3rd? has a story about the top five in games played at third base in
Phillies history. Will give you 20 guesses as to who’s #1 at that position.

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Phils Hang On


The starting rotation is headed in one direction and the bullpen the opposite. Both were evident in last night’s 7-6 win over the White Sox, a game in which Michael Mariot was called on to get a one-out save, his first in his 39-game big-league career.

Jeanmar Gomez’s struggled as he allowed three runs in .2 of an inning after entering the ninth with the Phillies up, 7-3.

Starter Jake Thompson wasn’t as sharp as his recent outings, throwing 95 pitches in five innings and allowing a three-run homer. Still his effort extended the streak of the starters not allowing more than three runs in 17 straight games, last done by the Phillies in July 2000. The congregate ERA for the starters in that streak is 2.26. The bullpen, in the same 16 games, now has a 5.96 ERA with six losses and five blown saves.

Offensively the Phillies came live led by Odubel Herrera’s three hits, his fifth straight multi-hit game. Herrera is 15-28 in his last seven games. The number 2-3-4 hitters, Ramon Quinn-Herrera-Tommy Joseph, combined to go 7-11, 5 runs, 6 RBI, 2 walks, 1 double, 1 home run, 3 stolen bases, 1 strikeout.

Herrera’s homer was #15 giving the Phillies six players with 15 or more for the second time. First was 2004, Bobby Abreu, David Bell, Pat Burrell, Mike Lieberthal, Placido Polanco and Jim Thome . . . Ryan Howard, barring a set-back, is expected back in the lineup Thursday night. Plan is to start him in the final three games of the season which will be played at home . . . Cesar Hernandez has reached base in 25 straight games . . . Lefty Chris Sale, one of the game’s premier pitchers, will be on the mound tonight. He has a 73-48, 2.94 ERA in his seven seasons. He’s never faced the Phillies. Maybe it will ran tonight.

Spoiler Time
Phillies will bus to New York after the game to begin a four-game series against the Mets who are in the thick of the wildcard race. The same two teams end the season with three games at Citizens Bank Park, September 30-October 1-2. Spoiling the Mets’ postseason party would be a good way to end the season.

For the second straight year every last game of the season will begin at 3:05 EDT. MLB started this a year ago to capture all the excitement of the postseason races.

Last Trip
Series in New York is followed by a day off in Atlanta on Monday and the final three road games starting on Tuesday night. That series will be the final National League games in Turner Field history. The last three games follow with the Detroit Tigers as the opponent. The Braves will have a new park next year.

Minor League Review
Lakewood BlueClaws, South Atlantic League North Division.

Finished 6th in first half, 29-40; started season 1-9 . . . Won second half, 44-25, by 5 games over Hagerstown; 24 wins in last 30 games . . . 74-65 overall, second in division to Hagerstown; won 25 of their last 35 games . . . Won Division Playoff Series vs. Hagerstown, 2-0 . . . Lost Championship Series to Rome Braves, 3-1.

Team Notes
Led SAL in attendance for 16th straight season, 353,080 . . . Second in team average (.266), fifth in ERA (3.53), tied for 1st in shutouts (14) and pitchers led in strikeouts (1,267).

Player Notes
RF Jose Pujols lead all Low-A players with 24 home runs, a Lakewood club record . . . RHS Jose Taveras led the SAL and all Phillies minor leaguers with 154 strikeouts.

All-Stars: 2B Josh Tobias, RF Jose Pujols.

Hitting Leaders

G RF Jose Pujols, 128 (photo)
AB Pujols, 498
R Pujols, 67
H Pujols, 120
2B 3B Damek Tomscha, 32
3B four with 3
HR Pujols, 24 (led league)
RBI Pujols, 82
TB Pujols, 219
BB Pujols, 44
SO Pujols, 179
SB INF Grenny Cumana, 17
AVG 2B Josh Tobias, .304
OBP Tobias, .375
SLG Tobias, .444
OPS Tobias, .819

Pitching Leaders

G RH Jacob Waguespack/RH Zach Morris, 43
GS LH Tyler Gilbert/RH Franklyn Kilome, 23
W Morris 8-3/RH Jose Taveras, 8-8 (photo)
L Gilbert, 7-9
SV RH Sutter McLoughlin, 14
IP Taveras, 137.1
H Gilbert, 136
BB Kilome, 50
SO Taveras, 154 (led league)
ERA RH Harold Arauz, 3.18
WHIP Taveras, 1.03 (led league)

This Date
September 21, 1911
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander hurls his fourth straight shutout at Chicago, 4-0, first game. Others were September 7 (at Braves), 13 (Dodgers) and 17 (at Reds).

September 21, 1981
LHP Steve Carlton passes RHP Bob Gibson as the NL’s all-time strikeout leader when he fans Montreal CF Andre Dawson in the third inning for his 3,118th strikeout. Expos win, 1-0, in 17 innings at Montreal.

September 21, 2010

Harry Leroy Halladay (Doc) Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 6", Weight: 225 lb. Born: May 14, 1977 in Denver, CO (Age 38.238) High School: Arvada West HS (Arvada, CO) Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round (17th pick) of the 1995 amateur draft. Signed June 30, 1995. (All Transactions) Debut: September 20, 1998 (Age 21.129, 14,991st in MLB history)   vs. TBD 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 SO, 2 BB, 2 ER Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1999 season [*] Teams (by GP): BlueJays/Phillies 1998-2013 Agents: CAA Sports (Greg Landry), previously: Randy Hendricks, Alan Hendricks [*] Last Game: September 23, 2013 (Age 36.132)   vs. MIA 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Phillies beat Atlanta, 5-3, as Roy Halladay becomes first Phillies right hander to win 20 games since Robin Roberts in 1955. Halladay sets club record for most wins in a season at Citizens Bank Park with 12.

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End of Interleague Play

Eleven. That’s how many games are left on the Phillies season schedule after tonight when they host the Chicago White Sox in the final interleague series of the year. The teams met in Chicago last month with each winning a game.

The Phillies most interleague success came against the Cleveland Indians whom they swept in a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park at the end of April, 4-3, 4-3, 2-1. Least success, 1-3 vs. the Toronto Blue Jays.

For the year, the Phillies are 9-9, the most wins since their last winning season in 2011, 9-6. Club record for interleague wins, 11-7, in 1999.

Next year the Phillies get to host the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros and Oakland A’s. They go to the Texas Rangers, Boston, Seattle and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Phillies won their first ever game against the Angels, June 9, 2009 in Anaheim. They’ve lost the last nine. Yikes.

5 Things
Five things about the White Sox:
**Fresh from losing the last three games of a four-game series in Kansas City.
**Even in interleague play, 9-9.
**They were two over .500 at the ASG; eight under since.
**Have played 50 one-run games, 22-28.
**Chris Sale, tomorrow night’s starter, has a 3.03 ERA, second lowest in the AL.

Thompson gave up 7 runs in 5 innings against the White Sox on August 23; since then, 7 total runs in his next four start, 25.1 innings . . . Galvis has hit 11 of his 20 homers at home this season, 26 of 40 career . . . All of Herrera’s homers are off right-handers; 10 in the first half . . . When Howard homers, Phillies are 230-119 (.659) in his career . . . When the Phillies trail after 8 innings they are 1-70 . . . When the starting pitcher lasts less than six innings, 19-41 . . . Phillies 12 shutouts are third in the NL behind the Dodgers (15) and Cubs (14) . . . A. J. Ellis has caught 53 career shutouts, seventh most among active catchers.

Minor League Review
Williamsport Crosscutters . . . 39-36, second place in New York-Penn League Pinckney Division . . . Had division’s best home record, 23-14 . . . 2.70 team ERA, second in league and second all-time in franchise’s short-season history . . . 19-9 in July . . . Attendance: 60,429.

Player Notes
LHS Ranger Suarez, 21, threw the franchise’s first no-hitter since 2013, July 26 vs. Auburn, game 1 of a DH at home. He walked the first batter, induced a double-play and retired the next 19 in the 7-inning gem.

All-Star Game: RHS Adonis Medina, Suarez, OF Jesus Alastre.

Hitting Leaders

AVG OF Jesus Alastre, .290
G 1B Darick Hall, 57 (photo)
AB CF David Martinelli, 217
R DHall, 27
H DHall, 55
2B DHall, 19 (led league)
3B OF Luke Maglich, 3
HR DHall, 9
TB DHall, 101
RBI DHall, 29
BB 3B Lucas Williams/Maglich, 20
SO DHall/Martinelli, 57
SB Alastre, 14
OBP DHall, .372
SLG DHall, .518 (led league)
OPS DHall, .890

Pitching Leaders

G RH Will Hibbs, 19
GS 4 with 13
W LH Ranger Suarez, 6-4 (photo)
L LH Bailey Falter, 1-6
SV Hibbs, 4
ShO LH JoJo Romero/Suarez, 1
IP Suarez, 73.2
BB RH Adonis Medina/Suarez, 24
SO Falter, 59
ERA LH Cole Irvin, 1.97
WHIP Irvin, 0.96

This Date
September 20, 1987
3B Mike Schmidt hits 487th home run as a third baseman in a 4-1 win at Montreal to break Eddie Mathews’ all-time record.

September 20, 1992

After snaring a low line drive hit by 3B Jeff King, 2B Mickey Morandini pulls off the first unassisted triple play in Phillies history during the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh, retiring Barry Bonds for the third out.

September 20, 2014
RHP Jerome Williams, a late-season waiver wire addition, earns the victory in a 3-0 win over Oakland. Williams had beaten Oakland twice before earlier in the season, once
for Houston and once for Texas. He became the first major leaguer to beat the same team three times in a season while playing for three different teams. (

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Series Sweep, Not


Hellickson was brilliant with his complete-game shutout on Saturday night setting the stage for a sweep of the series on Sunday afternoon. A sloppy eighth inning Sunday turned a possible sweep in a game that made you weep. A lead-off walk, two-run homer off the left-field foul pole, botched popup when Hernandez and Joseph bumped into each other for a two-base error and a two-out infield hit on which Franco’s throw was wide of first base. Three runs on two hits and a Marlins win.

In winning two of three, the Phillies won the season series from the Marlins for the seventh straight season. Starters Morgan-Hellickson and Asher combined to allow two earned runs in 17.2 innings, two walks and 13 strikeouts. Granted, biggest chunk of those numbers came from Hellickson’s three-hitter, his first shutout in five seasons. His first-pitch strikes, 23 of 30.


With his 11th homer in his last 36 games on Sunday, Galvis reached 20, his total from five previous seasons. He’s the eighth shortstop with 20 homers, the most in MLB for that position in one season. He committed his seventh error Sunday after 51 consecutive errorless games and second of the second half. That’s Gold Glove stuff.

Sunday Morning Tweet
Matt Gelb @MattGelb “Today is the first time the Phillies have fielded a lineup of nine players under the age of 27 since May 17, 1961.”

For the first time since 2012, the Phillies used only nine players in Saturday’s win, just the ninth time in the majors this season . . . Howard had fluid drained from his puffy left knee reported Sunday . . . Herrera is 12-24 over his last six games . . . Hernandez has reached base in 24 consecutive games . . . Phillies were 54-7 after the eighth-inning going into Sunday . . . Over the past two games the Phillies scored seven runs in the first inning. Before that, 48, the fewest in the majors . . . For the first time in franchise history, the Phillies have four infielders with 20 or more homers, Galvis, Howard, Joseph and Franco . . . Overall, only once have the Phils had five players over 20: Howard, Utley, Rollins, Burrell and Ibanez in 2009.

Day off on Monday is followed by two night games against the Chicago White Sox and the end of interleague play for this season. Two teams split two games in Chicago last month. Phillies have won eight of 14 meetings overall against the White Sox, who are 1-5 at Citizens Bank Park (2007 & 2013).

Rookie Homers
There have been six Phillies rookies to hit 20 or more home runs.
30 Willie Montanez, 1971, 599 AB, 19.9 per AB
29 Dick Allen, 1964, 632 AB
22 Ryan Howard, 2005, 312 AB, 14.1 per AB
21 Scott Rolen, 1997, 561 AB
20 Larry Hisle, 1969, 482 AB
20 Tommy Joseph, 2016, 288 AB, 14.4 per AB

Minor League Report
Paul Owens Award
Reading RF Dylan Cozens and 1b Rhys Hoskins, co-winners of the Paul Owens Award as the best hitters in the Phillies minor league system, will receive their awards pre-game on Tuesday night. Receiving the pitching award is RHS Ben Lively, an 18-game winner between Reading and Lehigh Valley.

Presenting the awards will be GM Matt Klentak; Director, Player Development, Joe Jordan, and three grandchildren of the late Paul Owens, Geoff Owens, Drew Owens and Paulette Kohout.

Lively will be on the pre-game radio show and Cozens in-game TV on Tuesday. Cozens and Hoskins will be guests on pre-game radio on Wednesday with Lively and Hoskins in-game TV. All three will participate in a Meet & Greet with season ticket holders pre-game that night.

This Date…yesterday
1903, 2nd game
RHP Chick Fraser throws the Phillies first no-hitter of the century, 10-0, at Chicago. For loser RHP George (Peaches) Graham, it is his only big league appearance.

RHP Robin Roberts defeats the New York Giants, 7-4, at the Polo Grounds improving his record to 28-7, most victories in the majors since 1935. “Robbie” led the NL in complete games (30) and innings pitched (330).

LHP Chris Short (8-11) wins the final game played at Polo Grounds, a 5-1 complete game. New York Giants RF Jim Hickman hits the last home run. Attendance is 1,752.

RHP Rick Wise sets a club record by retiring 32 consecutive batters in a 4-3, 12-inning complete game win over Chicago at the Vet. Wise wins own game with a single. His line: 12 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.

2B Mariano Duncan belts his second grand slam homer of the season as the Phillies clinch the NL East crown with a 10-7 victory at Pittsburgh. Slam is the Phillies eighth, a new club record for a single season.

This Date….today

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.

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Normal Night At Ballpark


Let’s see…18 Phillies struck out but 0 for Ryan Howard who had two walks for the third time this season, Adam Morgan charged with rare defensive interference, Howard homered, Marlins used a 5-man infield, pizza arrived in the press club in the top of the 13th inning and the Phillies won on Jimmy Paredes’ walk-single on the 422nd pitch of the night while the pizza was still hot. In you are counting, Paredes was the 45th player in the game.

A normal night at the ballpark.

But, there’s more to the 4 hour, 43-minute game. Frank Herrmann, the 16th pitcher of the night, was the winning pitcher, his first since August 31, 2011, in Cleveland. It was his fifth career win of which three have come in extra innings, 14th, 16th and now 13th. Guess he’s the extra inning specialist.

The Big Piece
Howard gave the fans a treat with his 379th home run in the sixth inning. He received a standing-O from the crowd and was greeted enthusiastically in the dugout by Tommy Joseph.

He’s now tied with two great first basemen for 70th place on the all-time list, Tony Perez and Orlando Cepeda.

Howard HR Phun Facts
His first ever on September 16 . . . 197th at Citizens Bank Park . . . 367th as a first baseman . . . 41st off the Marlins and second off Tom Koehler . . . 303rd as the cleanup hitter.

Which brings us to September 17, a date on which he’s hit three:
2006, #83, Wandy Rodriguez at Houston
2007, #121, Brad Thompson at St. Louis
2007, #122, Anthony Reyes at St. Louis

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

The Rome Braves won the South Atlantic League championship with their third straight win over the BlueClaws, 6-1, last night in Lakewood. Rome’s pitchers held Lakewood to two runs in the three-game sweep. All four of Rome’s starters were # 1 draft picks, two with Atlanta and two via trades (Arizona and San Diego).

Winner was 22-year-old LH Max Fried, acquired from the Padres. He struck out 13 in 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run and 3 walks.

The BlueClaws led on a two-out, RBI double by 2B Grenny Cumana in the fourth. Rome came back with 3 in the fifth and another 3 in the seventh. Cumana had 2 hits.
21-year-old RH Harold Arauz allowed one hit through four innings before the fateful fifth, 4.1-5-3-3-0-4.

It is the first time Lakewood has lost the Championship Series. Three times they won, 2006, 2009, 2010.

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, Rome 6, Lakewood 1

This Date
September 17, 1900
Cincinnati SS Tommy Corcoran, coaching at third in a game at Philadelphia, uncovers a wire in the coaching box that leads across the outfield to the Phillies clubhouse, where reserve catcher Morgan Murphy reads the opposing catcher’s signs and relays them to the Phillies coach by using a buzzer hidden in the dirt.

September 17, 2001

With a Marine Corps color guard, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies line the foul lines for ceremonies before the start of their game Monday, Sept. 17, 2001 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo)

With a Marine Corps color guard, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies line the foul lines for ceremonies before the start of their game Monday, Sept. 17, 2001 in Philadelphia. (AP Photo)

Baseball returns after the September 11 terrorist attacks. 3B Scott Rolen rips two home runs to lead the Phillies past Atlanta, 5-2. Rolen becomes just the fifth player to hit two home runs in a game off RHP Greg Maddux.

September 17, 2011
Phillies beat St. Louis Cardinals, 9-2, at Citizens Bank Park and wrap up Eastern
Division championship for fifth straight year, their 11th Eastern Division championship overall.

Where Is He?
Paul Hagen’s latest feature on the whereabouts of a Phillies Alumnus can be found at


(Next post: Monday).

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

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.

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

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.


A Gaggle of Notes


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*.

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

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.


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.

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

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.


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.


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.

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.


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


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.

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.


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.

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

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.