Eickhoff Grinds Out Win

Three weeks ago the Phillies wrapped up Alumni Weekend with a 7-6 Sunday win over the Rockies. The offense didn’t put that many runs on the scoreboard again until yesterday, a 6-2 win in Miami.

During that three week period, the Phillies hit 17 home runs. Guess who shares the lead with four each. None other than the Venezuela double-play buddies, Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis. Galvis’ fourth was an upper deck blast to right field yesterday.

Jerad Eickhoff survived having the first two batters scoring but battled through five scoreless innings. He retired 11 of the last 12 hitters. A bulldog on the mound Eickhoff kept his team in the game paving the way for the come-from-behind win. He isn’t flashy and overpowering but grinds his way through every inning. Edubray Ramos, Hector Neris and Jeanmar Gomez did their thing, one perfect inning apiece.

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Eickhoff was 2-8 after a June 2 loss. He joined Jeremy Hellickson in double-figure wins. Last time the Phillies had two pitchers in that scenario was 2013, Cliff Lee (14-8) and Kyle Kendrick (10-13) . . . Galvis’ homer in the fifth broke a streak of 18 scoreless innings . . . His previous four homers came in loses . . . Ryan Howard has 103 plate appearances and no home runs in Marlins Park.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (84-58), International League North Division. Wildcard winner.

Ended the season with a 7-0 win over Rochester. WP: David Buchanan (10-9), 7-2-0-0-0-8. Luis Garcia pitched a scoreless ninth extending his scoreless streak to 17.1 innings. 5 different players had multiple hits led by 2B Jesmuel Valentin’s 3. 3B Taylor Featherston (3) and 1B Brock Stassi (2) were the RBI leaders.

Day off today is followed by the start of the semi-final playoffs against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (NYY).

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-5
Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:05 p.m., 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 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

Reading Fightin’ Phils (88-52), Eastern League Eastern Division Champions.

It was only fitting in Trenton’s Arm & Hammer Park the Fightins put on a power display in a 5-run 10th inning and an 11-6 season finale win. RF Dylan Cozens led off the explosion with his 40th home run and fellow slugger, 1B Rhys Hoskins, followed with his 38th blast. 2 batters later 3B Harold Martinez unloaded a 2-run HR (9). CF Roman Quinn wrapped up the inning with a run-scoring 2B. He had 2 doubles, a single, 2 RBI and 2 SB (30-31). Victor Arano, one of 6 Reading pitchers, worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the B9 and was the winner (1-1).

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Cozens is the first Eastern League player with 40 home runs since Glens Falls’ Ron Kittle in 1981. He finished with 125 RBI in 134 games and set Reading records in homers, RBI and total bases (304). He also led the minor leagues in homers and RBI.

Reading and the Trenton Thunder (NYY) closed out the season with four games in Arm & Hammer Park. Following a day off today the two teams return there for the first two games of the Division Series.

Division Series, best-of-5
Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:00 p.m. 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

Lakewood BlueClaws (44-25), South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd-half champions.

Ended the season by sweeping a four-game series against Greensboro, 5-0. It was the BlueClaws’ 3rd straight shutout and improved their September record to 5-0, giving them 30 wins in their last 40 games. WP: Harold Arauz (6-6), 7-4-0-0-1-8. DH Jan Hernandez, 2 H, RBI. 1B Will Garcia, 1 H, 2 RBI. CF Mark Laird, 1-3, to finish the season at .353 in 31 games in Lakeland.

Day off today is followed by the start of the playoffs on Wednesday against the 1st-half winners, Hagerstown Suns (WSH).

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:05 p.m. Hagerstown 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

Williamsport Crosscutters (39-36), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Ended their season with a 4-2 to division champion State College. CF Dave Martinelli, 1B, 2B, RBI. SS Chandler Hall, 3-4.

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

Blanked by the Cardinals, 3-0, in the opening playoff game in Jupiter. Phillies out-hit the Cardinals, 7-4, but left 11 on base after going 0-8 with RISP. LP: Mauricio Llovera, 4.1-3-3-3-3-4.

Championship Series, best-of-3
Game 1, Cardinals 4, Phillies 0.
Game 2, 12 noon Tuesday, Clearwater.
Game 3, 12 noon, Wednesday, Clearwater*
*If necessary.

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: OF Osmel Aguila, transferred from Reading.
Reading: CF Roman Quinn, activated from DL; RHP Will Morris and LHP Elniery Garcia, transferred from Clearwater.
GCL Phillies: INF Raul Rivas, transferred from Clearwater.

This Date
September 6, 1952, 1st game

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RHP Robin Roberts gives up six runs in eight innings but goes the route as the Phillies rally for a 7-6 win over Boston in 17 innings, first game of a Saturday doubleheader. Roberts’ line: 17 innings, 18 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts. He faced 71 batters. Assuming he threw five pitches per batter, that’s 355 pitches. Second game is suspended after eight with the Phillies losing. It is completed the next day, a 3-1 loss.

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No Storm, No Offense

What do tropical storm Hermine and the Phillies offense have in common?

Neither showed up at Citizens Bank Park yesterday.

Atlanta swept three weekend games ending the Phillies homestand at 0-6 (29 hits and 11 runs scored in six games). In Phillies history they’ve had four winless homestands (six or more games). Two have come this year.

Jake Thompson had his second consecutive solid start. He has a 1.93 ERA for 14 innings in those starts. His run support, zero. Zero is also the number of runs the Phillies scored off Atlanta’s bullpen this weekend. At home the Phillies are hitting .222 and have scored 222 runs, 3.22 runs a game.

The Phillies are hitting .252 and scoring 4.15 runs per game on the road. That’s where they will be this week, starting this afternoon in Miami (3 days, 3 games) and ending with four in Washington beginning on Thursday. Next 14 games are against NL teams in the running for postseason berths.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Marlins:
**Fresh from 0-3 weekend in Cleveland; 2-8 in last 10 games
**7-6 edge over Phillies in season series; 3-3 at home
**.267 team average is second to the Rockies’ .276.
**3.48 team ERA at home; 4.41 on road.
**Tied with Mets for most saves, 46.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (84-58), International League North Division. Wildcard winner.

Lost, 5-4, to Rochester. ND: Phil Klein, 6-6-1-1-3-5, lowering ERA to 1.52. LP: Jimmy Cordero. 2 H: CF Cam Perkins, 1B Cody Asche, 3B Darnell Sweeney . . . David Buchanan (9-9) 1:35 this afternoon vs. Rochester, final regular season game.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-5
Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:05 p.m., Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Lehigh Valley
Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:05 p.m., SWB at LV
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 6:35 p.m., LV 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

Reading Fightin’ Phils (88-52), Eastern League Eastern Division Champion.

Shut out on 2 singles in Trenton, 4-0. LP: John Richy (4-4), 6-7-4-4-2-4 . . . Regular season game ends at 1 this afternoon in Trenton.

Division Series, best-of-5
Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:00 p.m. at Trenton
Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:00 p.m. at Trenton
Game 3, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. at Reading
Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m., at Reading*
Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 11, 6:05 p.m., at Reading*
*If necessary

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

Clearwater Threshers (43-25) Florida State League North Division.

Ended season with a 9-6 win in Dunedin. WP: Brandon Leibrandt (4-1), 7-3-3-1-2, 1 pick off; R in B3 ended his consecutive scoreless streak at 19 innings. CF Zach Coppola and 2B Josh Tobias, 3 hits each. C Austin Bossart, 3 RBI . . . A second game, the one rained out onThursday was canceled as Dunedin clinched on Saturday

Threshers finished in 2nd place in both the 1st and 2nd halves. Their overall record (82-54) is the league’s best and 2nd best in the 13 years of the franchise. A year ago they also had the best record, won both halves but lost to Daytona, 2-0, in the first round of the playoffs.

Lakewood BlueClaws (43-25), South Atlantic League North Division. 2nd-half champions.

Blanked Greensboro, 3-0, behind Franklyn Kilome, 6-2-0-0-0-10; WP Zach Morris (8-3), 2-2-0-0-1-2 and SV (14) Sutter McLoughlin, 2-0-0-0-0-2. 3B Jan Hernandez, 3-run 3B in B8 . . . Harold Arauz (5-6) 1:05 this afternoon vs. Greensboro, final regular season game.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:05 p.m. at Lakewood.
Game 2, Friday, Sept. 9, 7:05 p.m. at Hagerstown.
Game 3, Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:05 p.m. at Hagerstown.*
*If necessary

Championship Series, best-of-5

Williamsport Crosscutters (39-35), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Lost, 3-2, at State College. LP: Tyler Hallead (2-2). DH Enmanuel Garcia, 2B, HR (6), RBI, SB; 3 HR in last 5 G . . . Adonis Medina (5-3) 1:05 this afternoon vs. State College, final regular season game.

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

18-year-old RH Sixto Sanchez tossed 7 shutout innings in the Phillies 4-3 win over the Braves in Bright House Field. With the win in a 1-game playoff, the Phillies advanced to the championship series. Sanchez, from Dominican Republic, gave up 4 hits and recorded 4 strikeouts. During the season, he was 5-0 with a league-leading 0.50 ERA (3 ER in 54 IP).

With 2 out in the 1st inning, CF Mickey Moniak was hit by a pitch and 1B Danny Zardon followed with a home run. Moniak’s double and a single by LF Malvin Matos drove in the two runs in the B5. 2B Dan Brito and DH Josh Stephen each had 2 hits and a run scored.

The Braves scored 3 in T9 off closer Tyler Frohwirth but Jose Nin got the last 2 outs for the save.

In the other semi-final playoff game the Cardinals eliminated the Red Sox, 4-0 . . . Phillies and Cardinals did not meet during the season . . . The Cardinals won the East Division (31-21). 17-10 at home, 16-11 on road . . . Phillies: 22-7 on road, 21-8 at home . . . Phillies led the league with a 2.51 ERA. Offensively with 294 runs, 514 hits and 109 doubles.

Championship Series, best-of-3
Game 1, 12 noon today, in Jupiter.
Game 2, 12 noon Tuesday, Clearwater.
Game 3, 12 noon, Wednesday, Clearwater*
*If necessary.

Transactions
Reading: RHS Tom Eshelman, DL (appendicitis).

This Date
September 4, 1978: Claimed INF Pete Mackanin on waivers from Montreal.

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Reading Clinches Division Title

Leading 4-0 after four innings on Friday, the Phillies offense was shut down by the Braves bullpen. Tied at 4-4, the Phillies had a runner on second with no outs in the eighth but didn’t score. Atlanta then won it with four runs off the Phillies bullpen in the ninth.

Leading 4-2 after five innings last night, the Phillies offense was again shut down by the Braves bullpen. In four innings, the Phillies got one hit, a lead-off double by Maikel Franco in the bottom of the eighth in a 4-4 game. He didn’t score but Atlanta then won it with two runs off the Phillies bullpen in the 10th.

Bullpen comparison: Atlanta, eight innings, zero runs; Phillies, six innings, seven runs (six earned).

RISP oddity: in Friday’s loss, the Phillies were 2-11. In Atlanta’s win last night, 0-12.

Vince Velasquez pitched well in a no decision, two earned runs in seven innings, no walks, eight strikeouts, 92 pitches, 62 strikes. It was his last start of the season having reached a career-high 131 innings.

Minor League Report
All six Phillies minor league teams will finish the season with winning records. Last time that happened was 1953. Their farm system then consisted of Baltimore, Spokane, Schenectady, Bradford, Pulaski, Mattoon, Salt Lake City, Terre Haute, Granby.

Prices in 1953: milk 94 cents, gas 22 cents, bread 16 cents.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (84-57), International League North Division.

Handed Rochester a 5-1 loss. WP: Nick Pivetta (1-2), 5-3-0-0-1-2. LV hit 4 HR: SS J.P. Crawford (4), 2B Jesmuel Valentin (4), 1B Cody Asche (6), RF Cedric Hunter (10) . . . Phil Klein (5-1), 6:35 this evening vs. Rochester. Regular season ends tomorrow.

Semi-final Playoffs start Wednesday, best-of-5
South winner (Gwinnett or Charlotte) meets West winner (Columbus); wildcard (Lehigh Valley) meets North winner (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, NYY), best-of-5.

Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (88-51), Eastern League Eastern Division.

Clinched the division title for the second straight year and home field advantage in postseason play by pounding out 18 hits in a 10-4 win in Trenton. 3 hits each: 1B Rhys Hoskins, DH Jake Fox and 3B Harold Martinez.

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RF Dylan Cozens hit his 39th homer, a club record, and drove in 3 runs giving him 123 for the season, also a club record.

John Richy (4-3), 7 tonight in Trenton. Regular season ends tomorrow afternoon at 1.

Division Series starts Wednesday, best-of-5
While the Reading Fightin Phils and Trenton Thunder (NYY) are in the playoffs, 3 teams still battling in the Western Division, Akron RubberDucks (CLE) Altoona Curve (PIT) and Harrisburg Senators (WSH).

Championship Series, best-of-5

Clearwater Threshers (42-25) Florida State League North Division.

2nd-place Threshers were eliminated from reaching the postseason with a 6-5, 11-inning loss to 1st-place Dunedin. Trailing, 4-3, RF Jiandido Tromp hit a 2-run homer in B8 to give Clearwater the lead. It was his 20 HR, 10 each with Lakewood and Clearwater. Dunedin tied the game in T9 and won it the next inning. The Threshers finished in 2nd place during the 1st half and again in the 2nd half . . . Regular season ends this afternoon in Dunedin, Brandon Leibrandt (3-1).

Lakewood BlueClaws (43-25), South Atlantic League North Division.

Blanked Greensboro, 3-0, behind Jose Taveras (8-8), 6-1-0-0-4-10 and Grant Dyer, 3rd SV, 3-3-0-0-0-4 . . . DH Mark Laird, H, 2 BB, SB . . . Franklyn Kilome (5-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro. Regular season ends tomorrow.

Semi-final Playoffs, best-of-3
Hagerstown Suns (WSH)/Lakewood BlueClaws.
Charleston RiverDogs (NYY)/Rome Braves (ATL).

Championship Series, best-of-5

Williamsport Crosscutters (39-34), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Won 5th straight, 10-0, in Batavia, 3 players had 3 hits each in the 17-hit attack: RF Jesus Alastre (14th SB), LF Enmanuel Garcia and C Brett Barbier. 3B Lucas Williams, HR (2), 4 RBI. WP: Ranger Suarez (6-4), 5.1-2-0-0-4-1 . . . Bailey Falter (1-6), 6:05 tonight in State College. Regular season ends tomorrow.

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

Semi-final Playoffs, 1-game
12 noon today: Braves at Phillies and Red Sox at Cardinals.

Championship Series, best-of-3

Transactions
Reading: RHS Alec Asher, added to roster on rehab assignment.

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Lehigh Valley, Lakewood Reach Playoffs

Against the Washington Nationals whose pitching staff has second lowest ERA in the league at 3.44, the Phillies lost three games this week scoring a total of three runs. The Atlanta Braves arrived in town last night with a 4.56 ERA that ranked 12th.

Ryan Howard doubled in a first-inning run and A. J. Ellis hit a three-run homer in the second to give the Phillies an early 4-0 pad. The offense went silent after that, the same sound you hear in a library. In their four-game losing streak of 36 innings, they have been scoreless in 32.

Meanwhile the Braves tied the game with four in their fifth and won the game with four runs off struggling Jeanmar Gomez in the ninth to break a four-game losing streak at Citizens Bank Park.

Storyline: Atlanta was 6-12 RISP, Phillies 1-11.

Minor League Report

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (83-57), International League North Division.

Clinched the wildcard berth with a 7-1 win in Rochester, the second postseason appearance in franchise history (2011). The Red Wings were hitless until 2 out in the ninth when Elvis Araujo gave up a hit and a run. WP: Ben Lively (11-5), 6-0-0-0-0-10; followed by Joely Rodriguez, 2-0-0-0-2-3 and Araujo, 1-1-1-1-1-0. After the game, each team headed for Allentown and the final three games of the regular season . . . Nick Pivetta (0-2), 6:35 tonight.

Postseason: South winner (Gwinnett or Charlotte) meets West winner (Columbus); wildcard (Lehigh Valley) meets North winner (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre), best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (87-51), Eastern League Eastern Division.

Trenton edged Reading, 2-1, on a game-tying home run in B8 off Victor Arano and a walk-off HR off Jesen Therrien. ND: Mark Leiter Jr., 6-5-0-0-1-9. Since each team has qualified for the postseason, the two teams are battling for the division title and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Reading leads Trenton by 1.5 games. Three games remain in Trenton, tonight and Sunday night and Monday afternoon . . . Ricardo Pinto (6-6), 7:00 tonight.

Postseason: The top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (42-24), Florida State League North Division.

2nd-place Threshers remained alive for the 2nd-half title in their division with their 5th straight win, 4-2 over 1st-place Dunedin at Bright House Field. Clearwater is 1 game behind but 2 in the loss column. To reach the postseason, the Threshers must win the remaining two games, both against Dunedin. Teams meet tonight in Clearwater and end the regular season at 5 p.m. Sunday in Dunedin. Clearwater will have the league’s best overall record but could miss out on the playoffs.

Elniery Garcia (12-4) was last night’s winner, 7-2-1-1-3-11, career-high in strikeouts. SV: Yacksel Rios (1). DH Jiandido Tromp, 2b, 2 RBI . . . Luke Leftwich (3-4) tonight.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (42-25), South Atlantic League North Division.

After finishing in 6th place in the 1st half, the BlueClaws clinched the 2nd-half title with a 10-4 win at home over Greensboro. Last time Lakewood was in the postseason was 2010. WP: Seranthony Dominquez (5-2), 6-4-0-0-4-8, stretching his scoreless streak to 21 innings. RF Jose Pujols, 3 H, 2 RBI; his RBI double started the 6 run 1st inning. DH Mark Laird, 2 R, 1 H, 2 RBI . . . Regular season ends Monday . . . Jose Taveras (7-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Victory was their 21st in the last 27 games. The BlueClaws began the season 1-9 and finished the 1st half, 29-40, 13.5 games behind Hagerstown whom they will meet in the playoffs.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. Season ends Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters (38-34), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Although not in the postseason, the Cutters clinched a winning season with their 4th straight victory, 9-1, in Batavia. WP: Felix Paulino (3-4), 6-3-1-1-2-5, lowering his ERA to 2.89. 1B Darick Hall, HR (9) . . . Ranger Suarez (5-4), 7:05 tonight in Batavia.

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

Postseason:
10 this morning—Red Sox and Twins, tied for 1st in South Division, have a 1-game playoff to determine the winner. 12 noon game on Friday was postponed by Hermine.

1st round, 1-game playoff, 12 noon on Sunday:
Braves at Phillies (Phillies won season series, 7-1)
Red Sox-Twins winner at Cardinals

Championship series, best-of-3

Transactions
Lehigh Valley, RHR Jimmy Cordero, transferred from Reading.
Reading, LHR Tom Windle, transferred from Clearwater.
Clearwater, C Gregori Rivero, transferred from Williamsport. RHS Drew Anderson, DL (sprained right knee).

Honors
RHP Phil Klein of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs is the International League Pitcher of the Month for August, 4-0, 1.06 ERA for 5 starts.

Instructional League
Florida Instructional League staff and players report on September 18 and work out the next day. Game schedule runs from September 26 to October 14. Morning workouts at Carpenter Complex with games at Bright House Field.

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That’s Baseball

.238/.296/.385.

.232/.289/.305.

What are those numbers? Hint: they belong to the Phillies. Team batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage. First line is this season. Second, club record lows/1942/1942/1907.

.224/214/30/36.

.252/278/30/37.

Yep, another enigma. First line is team batting average/runs scored/wins/losses at Citizens Bank Park. Second line pertains to road games.

3.94/.253
5.19/.279

Relax, that is the last brainteaser: Pitching staff’s ERA/batting average against at home and same for the road.

Perplexing conclusion: Citizens Bank Park is known as a hitter’s park. For some unknown reason, Phillies hitters struggle at home but Phillies pitchers do better. Guess it can be best summed up as that’s baseball.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Braves, this weekend’s opponent at CBP:
**Fresh from a 3-game sweep of San Diego, scoring 24 runs.
**5-8 vs. Phillies for season, 2-4 at CBP, losing last four.
**22-44 at home but 29-39 on the road.
**20-25 since the All-Star Game.
**Phillies final visit to Turner Field, 9/27-29.

Minor League Report
Honors
International League–RHS Jason Thompson was named the league’s Most Valuable Pitcher and selected to the postseason All-Star team.

Eastern League—1B Rhys Hoskins and RF Dylan Cozens, postseason All-Star team.

Florida State League—1B Kyle Martin, 2B Scott Kingery, 3B Mitch Walding, OF Carlos Tocci and MGR Greg Legg selected as a coach, postseason All-Star team.

South Atlantic League–2B Josh Tobias and RF Jose Pujols, postseason All-Star team.

Arizona Fall League
RHR Victor Arano, LHS Brandon Leibrandt, RHR Miguel Nunez, 2B Scott Kingery, 3B Mitch Walding and OF Aaron Brown will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions. Pitching coach will be Steve Schrenk. Season begins October 11 and ends November 19.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (82-57), International League North Division. Eliminated from division title chase. 2.5-game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth.

Lost, 1-0, in Rochester. LP: Anthony Vasquez (4-1), 8-3-1-1-0-8. Gave up a HR to 2B Tommy Field B5. DH Cody Ashe had 2 of LV’s 5 hits, including the only extra-base hit, a double. LV loaded the bases with 2 out T9 but ex-IronPig Edward Mujica struck out Darnell Sweeney . . . Ben Lively (10-5), 7:05 tonight in Rochester, the final road game . . . Season ends with three home games vs. Rochester.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (87-50), Eastern League Eastern Division. Clinched postseason berth. Reading has a 2.5 game lead over 2nd-place Trenton which has also clinched a post-season berth. 4 games left in Trenton, tonight through Sunday. Battle is for the home field advantage during the postseason.

Lost, 6-0, to Portland in final home game of regular season. Held to six hits; struck out 13 times. RF Dylan Cozens, 2 hits, including 39th double. LP: Tyler Viza (4-6), 5-8-6-6-3-0 . . . Mark Leiter Jr. (6-3), 7:00 tonight in Trenton.

Postseason: The top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (41-24), Florida State League North Division.

Rained out in Dunedin . . . Elniery Garcia (11-4), 6:15 tonight vs. Dunedin.

2nd-place Threshers trail the 1st-place Dunedin Blue Jays by 2 games (3 down in the loss column) in the 2nd half. Must sweep Dunedin in final four games to win the 2nd half and reach the playoffs. Two teams meet tonight and Saturday night in Bright House Field and a DH Sunday in Dunedin.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (41-25), South Atlantic League North Division. 1st place, 4-game lead, 2nd half with 4 games remaining; magic number to clinch is 1. Lakewood needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.

3 pitchers combined to 1-hit Kannapolis, 2-0: Alberto Tirado, 6-1-0-0-1-10; Blake Quinn, 2-0-0-0-0-3 and Sutter McLoughlin, 1-0-0-0-0-1. WP: Tirado, 7-1, his 6th straight win; allowed a BB T2 and a single T5. Since becoming a starter on June 28, 73 strikeouts in 47.1 innings . . . DH Mark Laird, 3 H, including a double . . . Seranthony Dominquez (4-2), 7:05 tonight vs. Greensboro.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. Season ends Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters (37-34), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. Eliminated from postseason play.

7-run T8 lifted Williamsport to a 10-3 win in Batavia, 3rd straight win. WP: Jonathan Hennigan (1-0). 1B Darick Hall, HR (8), 2 RBI. C Brett Barbier, 3 H. 2 RBI each: 3B Lucas Williams & DH Luis Encarnacion . . . Felix Paulino (2-4), 7:05 tonight in Batavia.

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

Rained out yesterday vs. Blue Jays; double-header scheduled for today was canceled because of the tropical storm, ending the regular season . . . Phillies finished August, 22-5.

Phillies finished with the best winning percentage (.741) in all of pro ball . . . 21-8 at Carpenter Complex . . . 22-7 on the road . . . 9-1 in last 10 games . . . Led league with 2.51 ERA, 294 runs scored, 514 hits, 109 doubles, base percentage (.342), tied in slugging percentage (.390). Attendance: more seagulls than people.

Postseason:
12 noon today—Red Sox and Twins, tied for 1st in South Division, have a 1-game playoff to determine the winner.

12 noon Saturday, 1-game playoff
Braves at Phillies (Phillies won season series, 7-1)
Red Sox-Twins winner at Cardinals

Championship series, best-of-3

This Date
September 2, 1983
Pinch-hitting for Joe Morgan, Ozzie Virgil hits a grand slam walk-off home run at Veterans Stadium as Phillies beat San Francisco Giants, 5-3. It is Phillies second walk-off grand slam home run of the season.

September 3, 2006, 1st game
1B Ryan Howard hits three home runs, including his 50th, as the Phillies beat Atlanta, 8-7. Howard is the first Phillies player to reach 50 home runs.

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Morgan Brilliant in 2-1 Loss

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Lefty Adam Morgan pitched brilliantly last night but all he has to show is his ninth straight loss, 2-1. In his best big league start, Morgan gave up a first-inning homer with one out, retired 19 of the next 20 Nationals before getting beat on an opposite field single by Wilson Ramos in the seventh inning. Morgan: 6.2-3-2-2-0-5, 103 pitches, 63 strikes.

In those nine losses, he’s seen a total of 20 Phillies runs. Freddy Galvis’ 15th homer was it last night. In sweeping three games, the Nationals held the Phillies to nine total hits and three runs. On the season, the Phillies are hitting .182 against the Nationals.

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No game today . . . Braves begin a three-game weekend series Friday night at Citizens Bank Park . . . Major league rosters can expand today. Phillies will add two-three for tomorrow’s game but will wait until Lehigh Valley and Reading have ended their postseason play for additional players . . . Last night’s attendance, 16,593, topped Blue Jays at Baltimore, 16,161.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (82-56), International League North Division. Season ends Monday. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton for Division title. 4-game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth.

Edged Pawtucket, 4-3. WP: David Buchanan (9-9), 7-7-3-2-2-2; ending 4-game losing streak. SV: Luis Garcia (13); extended scoreless streak to 16.1 innings. C Andrew Knapp, HR (8), game-winner in B6 . . . Anthony Vasquez (4-0), 7:05 p.m. tonight in Rochester. LV can clinch the wildcard berth with a win.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (87-49), Eastern League Eastern Division. Clinched postseason berth on Saturday. Reading has a 2.5 game lead on 2nd-place Trenton which has also clinched a post-season berth. 5 games left, including the last 4 games in Trenton, Friday through Sunday. Battle is for the home field advantage during the postseason.

Won 4th in a row, 14-6, over Portland riding 5 home runs: RF Dylan Cozens (38), 2B Scott Kingery (2), C Jorge Alfaro (15), CF Osmel Aguila (5) and LF Christian Marrero (8). Cozens’ HR matched Darin Ruf’s club record. All 9 players drove in a run, led by 4 by Cozens, who tied Greg Luzinski’s 1970 club record (120). Alfaro had 4 hits. In last 5 games, 11-22, 2 HR, 7 RBI, raising average to .292 . . . WP: Tom Eshelman (5-5), 6-6-2-2-0-4, ending a 3-game losing streak . . . Tyler Viza (4-5), 6:35 tonight vs. Portland, the final regular-season home game.

Postseason: The top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (41-24), Florida State League North Division.

Game in Brevard County last night was canceled by rain, one of 13 minor league games in Florida that were washed out by tropical storm Hermine. 11 games for today have already been postponed or canceled.

2nd-place Threshers trail the 1st-place Dunedin Blue Jays by 2 games in the 2nd half. Final four games are between the two teams, tonight and Sunday (5:05 p.m.) in Dunedin and Friday and Saturday nights in Bright House Field. Clearwater finished 2nd the 1st half and must win the 2md half to qualify even the Threshers have the best overall record in the league for the season, 80-53.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (40-24), South Atlantic League North Division. 1st place, 3-game lead, 2nd half; 5 games remain. Lakewood needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.

Lost, 6-1, to Kannapolis, ending August with a 20-10 record . . . Alberto Tirado (6-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis. Four games vs. Greensboro follow as regular season ends Monday, Hermine permitting.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (36-34), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. Eliminated from postseason play despite win last night, 4-2 over Mahoning Valley. WP: Cole Irvin (5-1), 6-2-2-1-1-5; 4th straight win. SV: Tyler Hallead (2). RF Jesus Alastre, 1B, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 SB. DH Darick Hall, HR (7), 2 RBI; ended August, .322, 5 HR, 17 RBI . . . 7:05 tonight in Batavia.

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

Rained out yesterday vs. Blue Jays; double-header scheduled for today was canceled because of the tropical storm, ending the regular season . . . Phillies finished August, 22-5.

Postseason: Phillies, owners of the league’s best record, will play the division winner with the lowest record (28-28 Braves); the other two division winners (Red Sox and Cardinals) meet. Opening round is a 1-game playoff. Winners advance to championship series, best-of-3.

This Date
September 1, 1945
CF Vince DiMaggio sets a club record and ties the NL mark with his fourth grand slam of the season in an 8-3 win at Boston.

September 1, 1980
Having watched the Phillies bounce back and forth most of the season between second and third place, angry GM Paul Owens ripped into the team in a stormy clubhouse meeting in San Francisco. Phillies beat the Giants, 6-4, launching a streak in which they won 23 of their next 32 games and their fourth NL East title in five seasons.

September 1, 2014

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 1: Jonathan Papelbon #58, Ken Giles #53, Jake Diekman #63, and Cole Hamels #35 of the Philadelphia Phillies (L-R) are interviewed after completing a four pitcher no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

LHP Cole Hamels (9 innings), LHP Jake Diekman (1), RHP Ken Giles (1), RHP Jonathan Papelbon (1) throw the first combined no-hitter in franchise history, 7-0, over the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Carlos Ruiz catches his third no-hitter, a Phillies record.

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Busy Night For Tweets

Twitters were tweetering or chirping or cheeping…”Max Scherzer has a no-hitter going into the sixth inning against the Phillies.”

Todd Zolecki of phillies.com: “Freddy Galvis breaks up Max Scherzer’s no-hitter with a double to right field to start the sixth.”

Buster Olney of ESPN: “A year ago, Scherzer with a no-hitter in progress in the sixth. Same hitter, same spot, same result. Galvis double in 6th inning.”

Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post: “Scherzer has carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning in 9 of his 61 Nationals starts, so nearly 15% of them — better than one in seven.”

Zolecki: “Ryan Howard hits a two-run homer to left in the 7th to cut Nats lead to 3-2. Howard’s 20th.”

Jared Eickhoff got two quick outs in T1 before three hits and a walk produced two quick runs. He regrouped and kept the Phillies in the game through six innings, allowing one more run on a safety-squeeze RBI bunt by Scherzer in T4. That turned out to be the winning run in Washington’s eighth straight win over the Phillies. It matches the longest streak done five times in Expos-Nationals history.

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47 times this season, the enemy has scored in the first inning, a total of 82 runs . . . Howard’s homer ended a streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings for the Phillies at home. It was career #377, tying Norm Cash and Jeff Kent for 73rd place on the all-time list . . . Maikel Franco, 0-4; retired on the first pitch every time, including grounding into the game-ending double play.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (August 22-28)

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2B Grenny Cumana, Lakewood… The 20-year-old batted .476 (10-21) with a double, 2 RBI and 5 runs scored in 6 games. He had 3 consecutive multi-hit games, including his 4th 4-hit game of the season. The Venezuela native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on March 10, 2013.
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RHP Alberto Tirado, Lakewood… Tirado, 21, made 1 start, holding Greensboro to 1 run on 3 hits in 5.0 innings while striking out a career-high 11. He has struck out 9 batters or more in 4 of his last 5 starts. Tirado was acquired from Toronto along with right-hander Jimmy Cordero in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere on July 31, 2015.

Transactions
Reading: OF Osmel Aguila, activated from LV DL; C Joel Fisher, on DL.
Lakewood: LHP Zach Morris, activated from DL.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (81-56), International League North Division. Season ends Monday. 2nd place, 3 games behind Scranton for Division title. 3.5-game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth. Last 5 games: Thursday-Friday at Rochester; Saturday-Sunday-Monday vs. Rochester.

Won, 2-0, over Pawtucket. WP: Phil Klein (5-1), 7-2-0-0-0-9. SV: Luis Garcia (12). DH Darin Ruf, 2 H, RBI, stretching hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. 3B Cody Asche, 2 H, including 2B . . . David Buchanan (8-9), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (86-49), Eastern League Eastern Division. Clinched postseason berth on Saturday. Reading has a 1.5 game lead on 2nd-place Trenton which has also clinched a post-season berth. Two teams end season with 4 games in Trenton, Friday through Sunday. Battle is for the home field advantage during the postseason.

Scored 3 B7 for their 3rd straight win, 7-6 over Portland. WP: Jimmy Cordero (1-1). SV: Victor Arano (1). C Jorge Alfaro, 3 H, HR (14), 2 RBI. LF Christian Marrero, 2 H, 2 R. 2B Scott Kingery, 2 H. CF Aaron Brown, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI . . . Tom Eshelman (4-5), 6:35 tonight vs. Portland.

Postseason: The top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (41-24), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2 games behind Dunedin, 2nd half. Two teams meet in the final four games of the season starting Thursday night. Season ends Sunday. Clearwater needs to win the 2nd half to reach the postseason.

Winning streak reached 4 last night. . . Won Monday’s suspended game, 2-1, at Brevard County. WP: Newcomer Tommy Bergjans (1-0) in his debut, 6.2-3-1-1-1-5. SV: Tom Windle (1). Start of game was delayed 3:36 . . . 3-2 win in second game (7 innings). WP: Yacksel Rios (4-3); SV: Ulises Joaquin (10). CF Carlos Tocci, 4, H including 24th-25 2B, 2 RBI in 2 games . . . Elneiry Garcia (11-4), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (40-24), South Atlantic League North Division. 1st place, 3-game lead, 2nd half. Lakewood, which finished in 6th place in 1st half, needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason. Season ends Monday.

Won, 3-2, over Kannapolis, 10th in last 11 games. WP: Harold Aruz (5-6), 6-44-2-2-0-4. SV: Scott McLoughlin (12). CF Mark Laird, 2 H; hitting .347. Wilson Garcia, 2 H, 2 RBI . . . Tyler Gilbert (7-8), 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (35-34), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. Eliminated from division title; tied for 3rd place, 5 games behind in the wildcard race. 6 games left. Season ends Monday.

Coasted to a 10-3 win over Mahoning Valley. WP: Adonis Medina (5-3), 6-5-2-2-2-7. SV: Alexander Kline (3). RF Jesus Alastre, 2 H, 2 R. LF Enmanuel Garcia, HR (4), 2 RBI. DH Luis Encarncion, HR (2), 3 RBI . . . Cole Irving (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Mahoning Valley.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

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

Clinched the division title with a 5-1 win over Yankees West at Carpenter Complex. 9th win in last 10 games. Also clinched the best record in the league. Starter: Alec Asher, 3-2-1-1-1-4. WP: Luis Carrasco (7-2), 4-1-0-0-1-2. RF Jhailyn Ortiz, HR (8), 2 RBI. SS Cole Stobbe, 2 H, including 2B, RBI.

Postseason: Four division winners qualify. Phillies will play the division winner with the lowest record; the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

This Date
August 31, 1979

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Farm director Dallas Green replaces Danny Ozark as the Phillies manager. Ozark finishes with a 594-510 record for six-plus seasons.

August 31, 1983
LHP Al Holland picks up his eighth win out of the bullpen, 4-3, over visiting San Diego. Pirates, Phillies, Expos and Cardinals are in the race as September 1 rolls around. Difference between first and fourth place is two and a half games.

August 31, 2006
1B Ryan Howard hits 49th home run to break Mike Schmidt’s single-season record (48 in
1980) during a 6-5 loss at Washington.

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Nationals Continue Dominance

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Jake Thompson turned in his best start in his short major league career but Tanner Roark and the Nationals continued their dominance of the Phillies last night, 4-0.

Thompson, adjusting his delivery to pitching out of the stretch, allowed two first-inning runs and then held the Nationals scoreless through the next six innings, yielding just five singles. Roark improved to 3-0 in four starts against the Phillies and lowered his ERA to 0.64. He’s tossed seven shutout innings eight times this season, most in the majors. Washington has won seven straight over the Phillies who had just four hits, all singles.

It doesn’t get any easier tonight as Washington starter Max Scherzer is 6-1 in nine career starts vs. the Phillies.

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Thompson is the second Phillies starter to work seven innings since July 27. Jeremy Hellickson is the other . . . The Nats are 9-4 against the Phillies, 6-1 at Citizens Bank Park. The two teams meet nine more times . . . Phillies are 12-12 in August.

Minor League Report
Transactions
Clearwater: OF Cord Sandberg placed on DL (fracture, right cheek); RHS Shane Watson placed on DL (right turf toe); RHS Tommy Bergjans added to roster from trade with LA;
LHP Scott Harris added to roster from Lakewood.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (80-56), International League North Division. Season ends Monday. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton for Division title. 3.5-game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth. Last 5 games of the season are against Rochester.

Lost, 3-2, in Buffalo, getting 7 singles. LP: Nick Pivetta (0-2), 4.2-7-3-3-4-3. Darin Ruf, 1-5, extending hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. CF Cameron Perkins, 2-4, scored both runs . . . Phil Klein (4-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Pawtucket.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (85-49), Eastern League Eastern Division. Clinched postseason berth on Saturday. Reading has a 1.5 game lead on 2nd-place Trenton which has also clinched a post-season berth. Two teams end season with 4 games in Trenton, Friday through Sunday.

Scored 7 runs in B2 in a 7-1 win over Portland. WP: Ricardo Pinto (6-6), 7-3-0-0-1-2.
LF Christian Marrero, 3-5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI. C Jorge Alfaro, 2-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, 1-4, 2 RBI (116). SS KC Serna, 2-4, R, RBI . . . John Richy (4-3), 6:35 tonight vs. Portland.

Postseason: The top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (39-24), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 3 games behind Dunedin, 2nd half. Two teams meet in the final four games of the season which ends Sunday. Clearwater needs to win the 2nd half to reach the postseason.

Game in Brevard County was suspended after 1.5 innings with the Threshers leading, 1-0. Tommy Bergjans (0-0) is listed to start the 5:05 suspended game tonight. Regularly-scheduled game follows.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (39-24), South Atlantic League North Division. 1st place, 3-game lead, 2nd half. Lakewood, which finished in 6th place in 1st half, needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason. Season ends Monday..

Idle yesterday. 7:05 tonight vs. Kannapolis, the start of the final homestand.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (34-34), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. Eliminated from division tile and in 5th place, 6 games behind in the wildcard race. Season ends Monday.

Lost, 6-5, to Mahoning Valley in 10 innings. LP: Will Hibbs (3-4). 1B Darick Hall, 3-4, R.
CF David Martinelli, HR (#3), 3 RBI . . . Adonis Medina (4-3), 7:05 tonight vs. Mahoning Valley.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (42-15), Northwest Division. 1st place, 2 games ahead of the Blue Jays. Season ends with games vs. Blue Jays on Wednesday (Dunedin) and Thursday (Clearwater).

Won 8th in last 9 games, 6-3, over the Yankees West in Tampa. ND: Nick Fanti, 4-3-1-1-1-6. WP: Justin Miller (1-0). 2B Dan Brito, 2-3, R, 2b (10), RBI, 2 BB. CF Mickey Moniak, 2-5, R, SB (10). 3B Jose Antequera, 3-4, 2 R, 2 2B (12-13), RBI, SB. SS Cole Stobbe, 2-4, 2 R . . . 12 noon today vs. Yankees West at Carpenter Complex.

Postseason: Four division winners qualify. Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

This Date
August 30, 1913
With the Phillies leading, 8-6, in the top of the ninth inning, Baker Bowl fans in one bleacher section began to distract New York Giant batters by waving handkerchiefs, newspapers and straw hats. Umpire William Brennan forfeits the game to the Giants. NL President Thomas Lynch overrules Brennan and declares the Phillies the winners. New York appeals and the NL Board of Directors rule the game to be completed in New York on October 2. Phillies win, 8-6.

Kent Tekulve    teh-KULL-vee Kenton Charles Tekulve (Teke) Position: Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6' 4", Weight: 180 lb. Born: March 5, 1947 in Cincinnati, OH (Age 67.288) High School: Catholic HS (Hamilton, OH) School: Marietta College (Marietta, OH) Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1969. (All Transactions) Debut: May 20, 1974 (Age 27.076, 11,099th in MLB history) Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1975 season

August 30, 1988

RH Kent Tekulve relieves in 1,000th game (vs. San Francisco) to become only the
second pitcher in baseball history to pitch in that many games. (Hoyt Wilhelm is alltime
leader, 1,070). Phillies beat Giants, 7-5, at the Vet.

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Ellis Impressive Debut

Five Phillies pitchers kept the New York Mets in the park which paved the way for a 5-1 win Sunday, salvaging one weekend game in Citi Field. In cruising to wins in the first two games by a 21-5 margin, the Mets hit eight home runs.

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A.J. Ellis had a big game in his Phillies debut driving in two go-ahead runs with a bases-loaded double during a four-run seventh inning. After scoring the fourth run of that inning he was greeted with a parade of high fives by his new dugout teammates. Behind the plate he masterfully handled five different pitchers, none of whom he’d ever caught before. Over the last nine seasons (2008-16), Ellis has the lowest catchers ERA (3.31) among all Major League catchers.

Starter Vince Velasquez lasted only five innings because of a 103-pitch count. He had a 27-pitch first inning allowing his lone run. After that, two singles, one walk and all seven of his strikeouts. It was a huge step forward. The 24-year-old right-hander had allowed 19 runs and 25 hits over his previous 16 1/3 innings.

Nationals Next
A three-game series against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park starts tonight. Jake Thompson will be on the mound, the 100th start by a Phillies pitcher 27 years old or younger this season.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Nationals:
**Fresh from losing last 2 games in 3-game weekend vs. Rockies.
**Riding a 6-game winning streak vs. Phillies.
**Only the Cubs have a better NL record.
**3.48 ERA is second-lowest to the Cubs (3.14).
**Dominating the NL East (35-16).

Minor League Report
Transactions
Reading: CF Roman Quinn, placed on DL (concussion); LF Andrew Pullin, placed on DL (right elbow strain); OF Andrew Brown, added from Clearwater.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (80-55), International League North Division. Season ends Monday, September 5. 2nd place, 4 games behind Scranton for Division title. 4.5 game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth. Last 5 games of the season are against Rochester.

Won 2 of 3 in Buffalo . . . 4-3 L on Friday, David Buchanan (8-9) . . . 12-2 W on Saturday. WP: Anthony Vasquez (4-0) . . . 5-2 W on Sunday. WP: Ben Lively (10-5); 17-5 combined AA-AAA this season . . . LF-3B Cody Asche, 4 H, HR (5), 5 RBI. 1B-LF-DH Darin Ruf, 5 H, 2 2B, 2 RBI; 14-game hitting streak. C Andrew Knapp, 5 H, 2 2B, 4 RBI. 1B-DH Brock Stassi, 4 H, 2B, 2 RBI . . . Nick Pivetta (0-1), 7:05 tonight at Buffalo.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (84-49), Eastern League Eastern Division. Clinched postseason berth on Saturday. Reading has a 1.5 game lead on 2nd-place Trenton which also clinched a post-season berth. Two teams end season with 4 games in Trenton, Friday through Sunday.

Ended series vs. New Hampshire with 7-6 win Sunday after 5-2 L Friday and 5-3 L Saturday. LPs: Tom Eshelman (4-5), Miguel Nunez (4-3) . . . ND Sunday: Mark Leiter Jr., 6.1-3-3-3-2-4; lost a no-hitter on a HR with 1 out in T7; retired 19 of 1st 21 batters, issuing both walks in T1. WP: Jesen Thierren (1-0); SV; Nunez (17).

DH Jake Fox, HR Sunday (21-22). 1B Rhys Hoskins, HR Friday-Saturday (36-37). 2B Scott Kingery, 5 H weekend . . . Ricardo Pinto (4-5), 6:35 tonight vs. Portland.

Postseason: The top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (39-24), Florida State League North Division. 2nd place, 2.5 games behind Dunedin, 2nd half. Two teams meet in the final four games of the season which ends Sunday. Clearwater needs to win the 2nd half to reach the postseason.

Won 2 of 3 in Daytona Beach . . . 11-4 L Friday, Luke Leftwich (3-4) . . . 6-2 W Saturday, William Morris (9-3) . . . 6-5 W Sunday, Ulises Joaquin (3-2). RF Jiandido Tromp, GW HR T9 (#9) . . . OF Zach Coppola, 5 H, 4 RBI, 3 SB weekend . . . 1B Kyle Martin, HR (19), Sunday . . . Brandon Leibrandt (3-1), 6:35 tonight in Brevard County.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (39-24), South Atlantic League North Division. 1st place, 3-game lead, 2nd half. Lakewood, which finished in 6th place in 1st half, needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason. Season ends Monday, September 5.

Won 2 of 3 in West Virginia, final road games . . . 4-2 W Friday, Seranthony Dominquez (4-2); SV: Grant Dyer (1) . . . 5-4, 10-inning L Saturday ended an 8-game winning streak . . . 4-3, 13-inning W Sunday, WP: Ismael Cabrera (2-1). SV: Scott Harris (1).

3B-1B Damek Tomscha, 5 H, 4 RBI; drove in 2 runs T1 on Sunday and won game with RBI 1B in T13 . . . CF Mark Laird, 4 H . . . Day off today. Final homestand begins tomorrow night.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (34-33), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. Eliminated from division tile and in 3rd place, 5 games behind in the wildcard race. Season ends Monday, September 5.

Lost 2 of 3 to Brooklyn . . . 1-0 L Friday, JoJo Romero (2-2) . . . 8-2 W Saturday, Felix Paulino (2-4); SV: Tyler Hallead (1) . . . 2-1 L Sunday, Ranger Suarez (5-4). 4 ejections in 8th inning, 2 for each team . . . 1B Darick Hall, 4 H, 2 2B, HR (6), 4 RBI . . . Bailey Falter (1-6), 7:05 tonight vs. Mahoning Valley.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (41-15), Northwest Division. 1st place, 2 games ahead of the Blue Jays. Season ends Thursday. Last two games are against the Blue Jays.

Split two games vs. Tigers West . . . 3-2 W Friday, Luis Gonzalez (4-0). SV: Jose Nin (7) . . . 3-0 L Saturday in Lakeland, getting just 3 hits . . . LF Josh Stephen, HR (2), 2 RBI Friday . . . 12 noon vs. Yankees West in Tampa.

Postseason: Four division winners qualify. Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

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Citi Field Weekend

(A special Phillies Insider was posted last evening after Carlos Ruiz was traded. It now follows today’s post, in case you missed it).

Pitching can be so fragile. Among the clubs that are experiencing that this season are the Phillies and Mets who begin a three-game weekend series tonight in Citi Field.

The Mets made it all the way to the World Series a year ago with a rotation of Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese and Steven Matz. A chance to win the pennant again went out the window as Harvey and Matz wound up on the DL; Niese was traded, returned and is on the DL and deGrom has struggled lately. They’ve been hit hard with injuries at other positions, too, losing 3B David Wright and 1B Lucas Duda for the season. So, a pennant chase has been replaced by a scramble for a wildcard berth.

The Phillies’ year of building centered around a couple of veteran starters, Jeremy Hellickson and Carl Morton, and the young arms of Vince Velasquez, Aaron Nola and Jeremy Eickhoff with three more young ones coming into the mix, Adam Morgan, Zach Eflin and Jake Thompson. Only Eickhoff has remained healthy and hasn’t missed a start. Morton, Nola and Eflin are done for the season. Velasquez, Morgan and Thompson have had struggling starts.

Phil-Ins
The Phillies are 4-5 vs. the Mets, 2-1 at Citi Field. Those three were the Mets first home games, April 8-9-10 . . . Two teams have a four-game series in Citi in September and close the season with three games at Citizens Bank Park . . . Cesar Hernandez is 12-31, .387, in his brief career at Citi Field . . . Ryan Howard has 10 HR, 42 at Citi and had 12 HR, 30 RBI at Shea Stadium . . . ICYMI: Kevin Stocker is pinch-hitting for LA on the Phillies radio broadcasts this weekend.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Mets.
**fresh from winning 2 of 3 in StL; bullpen pitched 16.1 innings in the series
**487 runs scored rank 13th in the NL.
**3.66 ERA ranks 3rd best.
**17-22 since the All-Star Game.
**Granderson has 20 HR, 34 RBI.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (78-54), International League North Division. 2nd place, 5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.

Riding 4 home runs, LV won 6-1, in Pawtucket. WP: Phil Klein (4-1), 7.2-5-1-1-1-7. HRs: 1B Darin Ruf (20), LF Cody Asche (4), C Logan Moore (4), DH Brock Stassi (12); Ruf also had 2 1B . . . David Buchanan (8-8), 7:05 tonight in Buffalo.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5 . . . IronPigs have 4.5 game lead over Rochester for the wildcard berth.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (83-47), Eastern League Eastern Division. 2.5-game lead over Trenton with 11 games remaining. Season ends September 5.

Ended 4-game losing streak, 6-1, over New Hampshire. WP: John Richy (4-3), 8-4-1-1-0-4. CF Roman Quinn, 1B, 2b (12), HR (6), 2 RBI, 2 R . . . Tom Eshelman (4-4), 7:05 tonight vs. New Hampshire.

Postseason: The top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (37-23), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 2 games
behind, 2nd half; 10 games remain. Season ends September 4.

Defeated Brevard County, 5-2. WP: Elniery Garcia (11-4), 7-3-2-2-1-7; retired 1st 11 hitters. SV: Ulises Joaquin (9). LF Jiandido Tromp, HR (8), 2 RBI; hit 9 HR at Lakewood before promotion . . . Luke Leftwich (3-3), 7:05 tonight in Daytona Beach. 8 of last 10 games are on the road.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. To qualify, Clearwater needs to win the 2nd half. They finished 2nd in the 1st half.

Lakewood BlueClaws (36-23), South Atlantic League North Division. 1st place, 4-game lead; 10-games remain in 2nd half. Season ends September 5.

Won 7th in a row, 16 in last 20 games, 4-2, over Greensboro. WP: Alberto Tirado (6-1), 4th straight W, 5-3-1-1-4-11; career-high in SO. SV: Sutter McLoughlin (11). 4 BlueClaw pitchers combined for 20 strikeouts. CF Mark Laird, 2 H, R, 2B, RBI; hitting .417 in last 10 games. LF Cornelius Randolph, 2 H, R, 3B, RBI, BB; 6-game hitting streak. 2B Grenny Cumana, 2 H, R; 8-13 in last 3 games. SS Emmanuel Marrero, 2 H, R, RBI; .367 in last 10 games . . . Seranthony Dominquez (3-2), 7:05 tonight in West Virginia. 3 weekend games there are the final road games. Lakewood’s 22-13 road record is best in the SAL.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5. Lakewood, which finished in 6th place in 1st half, needs to win the 2nd half to qualify for the postseason.

Williamsport Crosscutters (33-31), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 9.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.

Lost, 4-3, in 10 innings in West Virginia. ND: Cole Irvin, 5-3-3-1-3-3. LP: Will Hibbs (3-3). CF David Martinelli, 2 H, RBI, SB. 2B Luis Espiritu Jr. atoned for 3 errors with 2-run double that tied the game T9 . . . JoJo Romero (2-1), 7:05 tonight vs. Brooklyn.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3. In the wildcard race, Cutters are in 4th place, 4 games behind.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (40-14), Northwest Division. 1st place, 2 games ahead of the Blue Jays. Season ends September 1.

Defeated Blue Jays for 2nd straight day. This time, 7-2. 6th straight win, 9th in last 11 games. 19-4 this month. WP: Jordan Kurokawa (1-2). CF Mickey Moniak, 1B, 2 2B (11), 3B (4), RBI, 3 R. C Lenin Rodriguez, 3 H. 2B Jose Antequera, 2 H, R, BB. 3B Danny Zardon, 1 H, 2 R, 2 RBI . . . 12 noon today Tigers West at Carpenter Complex. 10 a.m. tomorrow vs. Tigers West in Lakeland. After that 4 games remain.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3. Phillies need to win the division to quality for the postseason.

This Date
August 27, 2002
LHP Dan Plesac records 1,000th strikeout in the seventh inning of 4-3 Phillies win over Montreal at Veterans Stadium. The next night, Plesac appears in 1,000th game.

August 28, 1971, 2nd game
RHP Rick Wise (14-10) hits a solo home run in the fifth inning and a grand slam in the seventh in defeating San Francisco, 7-3, in the second game of a Vet Stadium doubleheader. It is Wise’s second two-home run game of the season, tying a major league record for pitchers.

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