Freddy’s Big Night

Buchanan kept the Phillies in the game, the bullpen closed the door and Galvis had a big night as the Phillies edged the Pirates last night.

For his 13th straight start, this one six innings, Buchanan allowed three earned runs or less, the longest streak for a Phillies rookie since Bruce Ruffin’s 16-game stretch in 1986. In all nine starts at home, three or less runs.

Freddy, hitting .085 with five hits this season, had a single, double, home run, stolen base and three runs scored. His stolen base led to the winning run as Franco drove him home with a ground single to right in the seventh inning.

Then, DeFratus, Giles and Pap tossed three scoreless innings to close the door. Giles, whom A.J. referred to the other day as G-Cheese, retired all three in the eighth. He’s retired the last 20 batters he faced. When G-Cheese pitches, Phillies are 25-12. Pap’s save was #103 for the Phillies, moving into a tie for second place with Steve Bedrosian. Jose Mesa is the leader (112).

Number of the Day
2 Strikeouts for Revere in his last 83 at-bats. He has more stolen bases (43) than punchouts (42).

NL Batting Race
Justin Morneau (.316)
Josh Harrison (.316)
Ben (.310)
Andrew McCutchen (.309)
Buster Posey (.306)

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

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

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

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

KK Streaks End

For seven innings last night, KK and Jeff Locke were locked in a pitcher’s duel with the Pirates clinging to a 2-1 lead.

KK’s consecutive scoreless innings streak ended at 12 when he yielded a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Locke retired the first 10 batters in order, gave up one run on three hits in the fourth and went 1-2-3 in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. In two winning starts against the Phillies this year, Locke has given up two runs on six hits in 15 innings. He’s 4-0, 1.35 in four career starts vs. the Phillies.

The 2-1 game took on a different look in the eighth as the Pirates struck for four runs on five hits and an error against KK, Jake and Luis Garcia. In their turn, the Phillies scored three times on two hits, an error and a hit-batter. But, in the ninth, the Phillies went 1-2-3 for seventh time.

The loss ended KK’s three-game winning streak and the Phillies four-game winning streak at Citizens Bank Park. For the first time since August 16-17, the Phillies have lost two straight games.

Number of the Day
4 Consecutive losses to the Pirates, longest streak since 2002.

NL Batting Race
Justin Morneau (.316)
Josh Harrison (.315)
Ben (.313)
Andrew McCutchen (.311)
Buster Posey (.309)

2015 Home Schedule
Next year’s schedule is out. For the first time since 2011, the Phillies open the season at home (Boston, April 6). They also close the season at home (Marlins, October 4).

With bad records this season on Wednesday (7-14) and Sunday (8-15) any hopes that those days would be eliminated next year didn’t happen. Oh, well.

This Date
September 9, 1945, 2nd game
Jimmie Foxx hits his seventh homer of the season for the Phillies and 534th and last of his career in a 14-3 win at Pittsburgh.

September 9, 1997
Just hours after broadcasting a Phillies game, Richie Ashburn dies in a New York hotel. Ashburn’s passing produces a huge outpouring of affection from friends and fans. Phillies win, 1-0, over the Mets. Ironically, as a player with the Phillies, he wore #1 and his final game was with the Mets.

Lakewood Leaders
Hitting
G—Cozens (132)
R—Cozens (69)
H—Astudillo (143)
2B—Astudillo (30)
3B—Tocci/Cozens (6)
HR—Cozens (16)
RBI—Cozens (62)
SB—Cozens (23)
AVG—Astudillo (.333)

Pitching
G—Rios/Reyes (33)
W—Rios (6)
SV—Forsythe (6)
IP—Viza (126.0)
SO—Casimiro (92)
ERA—Reyes (3.65)

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

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

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

Balk Reviews?

Phillies picked up another series win in Washington this weekend but had a chance for a second straight three-game sweep of the Nationals.

Cole’s first balk in two years set up the winning run in a 3-2 loss yesterday, a day in which the Phillies had two replay reviews overturned. Why aren’t balks reviewed? The loss was Cole’s first since August 3 when he also fell to the Nats in their own park.

Friday saw the Phillies rally from two five-run deficits. Ben, down to the last pitch, hit a game-tying home run and the Phillies won in extra innings. A.J. was sharp in Saturday’s win, giving the Phillies their first season series win over the Nationals in four years. A.J. is the only pitcher with three wins over the Nats this season.

NL Batting Race
Justin Morneau (.316)
Ben (.315)
Josh Harrison (.315)
Buster Posey (.309)

Rookie Race
I know Ken Giles hasn’t been here all season but shouldn’t he be in the running for the Rookie of the Year Award?
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He’s been lights out since he’s been in the bigs. Right now Ken’s retired the 17 consecutive hitters, nine on strikeouts.

Last Phillie to win the rookie award? Ryan Howard, 2005.

Pirates Next
10 more home games starting tonight with the Pirates in town for a four-game series.
Pirates swept a three-game series at PNC Park in early July.

KK takes a three-game winning streak to the mound tonight.

Four Phillies pitchers who combined for the no-hitter in Atlanta will be saluted pre-game.

Number of the Day
56 Consecutive errorless games for J-Roll, longest streak in the majors.

This Date
September 8, 1962
LHP Chris Short, who finished his career with a .126 batting average, goes 4-for-4 against future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn in a 4-2 win in Milwaukee.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: C Al Pardo (52) . . . Tuesday: 3B Todd Zeile (49), INF Tom Foley (55), OF Ron Stone (72) . . . Thursday: LHP Dave Roberts (70), RHP Lou Grasmick (90) . . . Friday: OF Keith Hughes (51) . . . Saturday: RHP Rick Wise (69) . . .Sunday 14: 3B David Bell (42).

Special Birthdays
Yesterday, Bill Giles (80) and Bill Campbell, (91) dean of Philadelphia sportscasters.

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

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

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

DC Weekend

Winners of 10 of their last 15 games, Phillies are in Washington, DC, this weekend against the Nationals who have a comfortable seven-game lead in the NL East. For the Phillies, it is the role of the spoilers. For the Nationals, it is not only winning the East but gaining the home field advantage in the postseason.

Nationals swept a three-game series in DC in early June; Phillies returned the favor at home in late August.

Washington has the lowest ERA (3.13) in the NL and the staff has issued the fewest walks (317). Offensively, they are second in runs scored while having allowed the second fewest runs.

Phillies return home to face the Pirates (four games) and Marlins (three) starting on Monday night, the second-last homestand of the season.

NL Batting Race
Ben (.314)
Justin Morneau (.312)
Josh Harrison (.310)
Buster Posey (.305)

Number of the Day
2: Phillies wins in Washington in six games. Overall, teams are 8-8 for the season.

Missing Hits
During an Orioles telecast, a graphic was displayed showing the number of hits lost because of a defensive shift.

Boston’s Ortiz is first with 28; Ryan Howard is second, 23.

This Date
September 5, 1913
Phillies tie a major league record by scoring the only run in a doubleheader. They won the opener, 1-0, and played a 10-inning, 0-0 tie in the second game at Boston.

September 6, 1952, 1st game
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. Win was his 23rd. Second game is suspended after eight with the Phillies losing. It is completed the next day, a 3-1 loss.

September 7, 1971, 2nd game
1B Greg Luzinski hits his first major league home run (off RHP Reggie Cleveland), a towering shot into Section 570 in a 7-5, 10-inning loss to St. Louis.

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

Clearwater Leaders
Hitters
G—Charles (127)
R—Charles/Pointer (60)
H—Charles/Pointer (102)
2B—Charles (25)
3B—3 with 4
HR—Charles (19)
RBI—Charles (54)
SB—Quinn (32)
AVG—Serna (.279)

Pitchers
G—Ridenhour (42)
W—3 with 6
SV—Ridenhour (9)
IP—Kleven (136.0)
SO—Kleven (107)
ERA—Guth (3.04)

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

**Today, Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 7 p.m. For information: 302 226 2665

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

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

Ben #1

Sweeping a second three-game series in Atlanta was possible but it didn’t happen as the Braves bats came alive after one run in 36 innings to win the series finale yesterday afternoon.

The Phillies finished the season 6-3 in Turner Field but at Citizens Bank Park the Braves are in command, 6-1. The two team end the regular season in Philly the last weekend of this month.

While it is rare to have two sweeps in an enemy ballpark, the Phillies did that and more in 2008 when they went 9-0 in Turner Field.

Ben had a three-hit game and finished the series 7-13, his fourth straight multi-hit game. Ben has 140 singles the most for the Phillies sine Doug Glanville’s 149 in 1999.

Batting Race
Ben (.314)
Justin Morneau (.312)
Josh Harrison (.310)
Buster Posey (.305)

Number of the Day
71: RBI for Chase, his high since 93 in 2009.

This Date
September 4, 1962
Phillies lose at Houston, 4-1, after winning the first 17 games of the season against the Colt 45s.

September 4, 1970
Game in Pittsburgh is suspended with Pirates leading, 4-1, after six innings when the automatic tarpaulin gets stuck while trying to cover the field during rain. Game resumed next day with a Phillies rally falling short, 4-3.

Condolences
To the family of Rogers McKee, a left-handed pitcher with the Phillies in 1943-44, who died on Monday. McKee won one big league game but set a record that still stands. Check out the story at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Reading Leaders
Hitters
G—Alonso (127)
R—Alonso (76)
H—Alonso (127)
2B—Altherr (27)
3B—Collier (4)
HR—Fox (22)
RBI—Fox (70)
SB—Cartwrght (28)
AVG—Fox (.308)

Pitchers
G—Ogando (48)
W—Milner (10)
SV—Ogando/Giles (7)
IP—S. Gonzalez (158.2)
SO—S. Gonzalez (115)
ERA—Loewen (3.31)

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

**Tomorrow, September 5, Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 7 p.m. For information: 302 226 2665

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

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

Sign of the Day
“The Ice Cream Store” in Rehoboth Beach…on the glass that shieldws the 100 different flavors of ice cream is a hand-written sign, “Don’t tap on the glass. It will scare the ice cream.”

KK Strong Outing

A lead-off double by Heyward ended any hopes of a second no-hitter by the Phillies. KK, who has been plagued with first-inning troubles, quickly found himself in a one-out, bases-loaded pickle. He got out with KKs. He finished with seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits.

Chooch, one of a handful of catchers with three no-hitters in his resume, got the Phillies on the board with a homer and drove in another run. Franco, in his major league debut, didn’t get a hit but an RBI.

Phillies bullpen has three perfect relief innings in the first two games with 10 strikeouts. In 393 season innings, they have struck out 421.

Phillies go for a second sweep in Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon. They won all three in a mid-June series.

Last time the Phillies had back-to-back shutouts was 2012. Starters? Cole and KK.

Number of the Day
48 Multi-hit games for Ben, second most in the NL.

One-Hitters
There are four Phillies pitchers in the Hall of Fame, hurlers that earned their spurs with the Phillies: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Robin Roberts, Jim Bunning and Steve Carlton.

Only Bunning tossed a no-hitter wearing a Phillies uniform, the perfect game 50 years ago.

Club record for most one-hitters is six, held by Alexander. Carlton had five plus one with St. Louis. Robbie threw three one-hitters, including a game in which he gave it to the lead-off hitter, 3B Bobby Adams of the Reds on May 13, 1954. Robbie retired the next 27 batters.

The Phillies have had 10 combined one-hitters, the most recent being Oswalt-Madson-Lidge.

This Date
September 3, 1917
RHP Grover Cleveland Alexander won both ends of a double-header against the Dodgers, by scores of 5-0 and 9-3. He only issues a single walk in the twin-bill. (Courtesy of broadandpattison.com).

September 3, 1972
LHP Steve Carlton throws his eighth shutout, 8-0, at Atlanta, the most by a Phillies pitcher since Grover Cleveland Alexander had eight in 55 years ago.

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

Lehigh Valley Leaders
Hitters
G Franco (133)
R Franco (74)
H Franco (134)
2B Franco (33)
3B Franco-Castro (4)
HR Franco (16)
RBI Franco (78)
SB Henson (19)
AVG Canzler (.276)

Pitchers
G Horst (45)
W GSmith (9)
SV Garcia (22)*
IP GSmith (175.0)
SO Lincoln (112)
ERA Horst (3.98)
*Tie for International League lead

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

**This Friday, September 5, Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 7 p.m. For information: 302 226 2665

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

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

What A Day

147.

That’s the total number of pitches four different Phillies pitchers needed to record the first combined no-hitter in the 131-year history of the franchise. Oh, there have been 12 no-hitters by 11 different Phillies pitchers but each was a complete game effort by the starter.

Cole labored on Labor Day, allowing five walks and hitting one batter in six innings on a steamy day in Atlanta. He threw 108 pitches (66 strikes), Jake (15/10), Ken (15/11) and Pap (9/7). As reported, Cole said the final out ball is being presented to the president, David Montgomery who is on a medical leave of absence following May cancer surgery. Very classy gesture.

In Phillies history, it only took game number 20,105 and win number 9,454 to have this rare feat, according to baseball-reference.com. Once again, the beauty of the game of baseball….you often see something never seen before.

According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, the last Phillies pitcher to be pulled after six no-hit innings was David West (5/29/1994 vs. Houston/101 pitches).

While there have been 11 different Phillies pitches to author a no-hitter, there’s been only one Phillies catcher to be behind the plate for more than one and that’s Chooch, who’s done it three times. Now there’s a Phillies record that may never be broken.

Lost in the shuffle was Ben’s first ever five-RBI game and J-Roll’s club record 887th multi-hit game. And, Atlanta’s Heyward stole three bases, a first for a losing team in a no-hitter.

From Elias Sports Bureau
The first combined no-hitter involved an immortal hitter, Babe Ruth. It was Ruth, as a 22-year-old pitcher with the Red Sox in 1917, who started the first combined no-hitter in the major leagues. Ruth walked Washington leadoff batter Ray Morgan and was promptly ejected from the game by umpire Brick Owens. Ray Shore relieved him, Morgan was caught stealing, and Shore retired 26 straight batters to complete the combined no-no.

Number of the Day
0: Atlanta hits.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley ended season losing Sunday’s suspended game, 2-1 and the regular game, 4-1, at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Reading ended season with seventh straight win, 7-3, at Trenton. RF Peter Lavin, 3 H, 2 RBI. WP: Adam Loewen (4-5). SV: Colton Murray (6).

Lakewood ended with 9-8 win at Hagerstown, scoring 3 in the top of the ninth on a Larry Greene HR and 2-run triple by Dylan Cozens, his second triple of the game. Zach Green, HR #5-6. C-1B Willians Astudillo finished as Lakewood’s leading hitter (.333), second in the league. According to BlueClaws game story, opening day is 220 days away.

Williamsport lost, 6-0, to State College in the final game, the 13th time they’ve been blanked. CF Jiandido Tromp tied for the league-lead in HR (14).

This Date
September 2, 1908
RHP Frank Corridon goes the route as the Phillies beat Brooklyn, 2-1, in 17 innings at Baker Bowl. Corridon did not walk a batter.

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.

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

**NEW–This Friday, September 5, Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 7 p.m. For information: 302 226 2665

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

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

Weekend Footnotes

A chance to win their fourth series in a row, a chance to move into fourth place, a chance keep the momentum going after beating the Mariners (2-1) and Cardinals (2-1) and sweeping the Nationals (3-0). That’s what the Phillies faced in New York this week.

The Mets stopped the momentum by taking two of three and winning the season series 13-6. Six of their wins were one-run affairs, including Sunday’s. Good news: Phillies don’t play the Mets again until next April.

So now, the footnotes, which begs the question…is there such a thing as handnotes?

**J-Roll kept adding to his Hall of Fame resume. Sunday was his 657th multi-hit game, matching Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn for the most in Phillies history. His RBI was #886, matching Sherry Magee for the #7 spot in franchise history.

**Ben stole his 40th base to become the fourth Phillies outfielder ever to have 150 hits and 40 steals. The others? Bobby Abreu (2004), Milt Thompson (1987) and Von Hayes (1984). Overall, Ben’s the 12th player in Phillies history to reach 40 steals. First was Jim Fogarty in 1887. Previous: Rollins in 2008.

**In this game of baseball, the unexpected often happens. In three previous starts against Colon—all losses–the Phillies scored a total of four runs. Saturday night, they scored five in one inning (sixth) off him in winning.

**Win gave the Phillies a winning record for August (14-13), first winning month of the season. OK, OK, they were 1-0 in March this year. Since 2005, Phillies have the best winning percentage for August in the NL. Only losing August in that spell was a year ago.

**Three unearned runs on no hits in the seventh inning gave the Mets a win on Friday. Last time that happened to the Phillies was September 6, 1996, against the Cubs at the Vet. Sandberg had two hits for the Cubs; Amaro was 0-1 as a pinch-hitter.

Number of the Day
22: Most wins in August in Phillies history. 1977 club went 22-7. Previous high: 20-8 in 1950.

Minor League Report (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley closed out the home schedule with wins over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and Saturday nights and played a 1-1 game suspended in the eighth inning by rain on Sunday in SWB. It will be completed before the season’s last game, 1:05 this afternoon. LF Cam Perkins is riding an 8-game hitting streak; batting .400 in last 10 games.

Reading won all 3 in Trenton, stretching its winning streak to 6 games. 2B-3B Carlos Alonso is riding a 6-game hitting streak during which he has 12 hits. RH Aaron Nola (2-0) won on Friday, 5 IP, 4 H, 2 SO. Final game is 1:05 this afternoon at Trenton.

Clearwater ended the season with a 3-game sweep in Lakeland. CF Ramon Quinn finished the season with 32 steals. Ulises Joaquin saved Sunday’s win, his 8th with Clearwater to go along with 8 in Lakewood.

Lakewood lost 2 of 3 in Hagerstown. Win came on Saturday, 7-4, on a 3-run homer in the top of the ninth by 2B Andrew Pullin (9) . . . Final game, 1:05 this afternoon at Hagerstown.

Williamsport lost 2 of 3. CF Jiandido Tromp set a Williamsport record with his 14th HR on Friday night; 1B Zach Green set the record last year (13). RF Cord Sandberg homered on Saturday and Sunday, #5-6 . . . Last game, 1:05 this afternoon vs. State College.

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.

Alumni Birthdays
Today: LHP David West (50), LHP Dave Rucker (57), CF Garry Maddox (65) . . . Tuesday: OF Rex Hudler (59) . . . Wednesday: INF Alan Bannister (63), LHP Juan Perez (36) . . . Thursday: RHP Dave Herndon (29), SS Jason Donald (30), LHP Aaron Fultz (47), INF Rod Booker (56) . . . Friday: C Rod Barajas (39), RHP Calvin Maduro (40), RHP Jeff Brantley (51) . . . Sunday: INF David Newhan (41), RHP Rafael Quirico (45), RHP Dave Wallace (67).

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

**NEW–This Friday, September 5, Browse About Books, 133 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 7 p.m. For information: 302 226 2665

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

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

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

2nd-last Road Trip

This season began on March 31 on the road. Now, the Phillies are on their second-last road trip of the season as September begins on Monday, the unofficial end of summer.

Fresh from a 7-2 homestand against three top-ranked teams, the Phillies are spending this weekend in New York’s Citi Field. The Mets hold a commanding 10-5 edge over the Phillies in the season series, although the two clubs are 3-3 in NY. In the standings, the Mets have a .5 lead over the Phillies.

Earlier in the season, the Phillies were better on the road and struggled at home. That trend has reversed itself.

Number of the Day
4: Phillies winning streak, longest in the majors currently.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley lost, 8-5, to Pawtucket. 2B Cesar Hernandez, 4 AB, 1B, 1B, 2B, 3B. LF Cam Perkins, 3 hits . . . Season ends Monday in Scranton.

Reading won last home game, 3-1, at Portland; third straight win. 2B Carlos Alonzo, 2 H, 2 RBI. WP: Hoby Milner (10-6), despite walking 5 in 6 IP . . . Season ends Monday in Trenton.

Clearwater lost the final home game, 8-2, vs. Tampa . . . Weekend series in Lakeland ends the season.

Lakewood won, 3-0, over Hickory in final home game. WP: Yoel Mecias (3-3). 1B Willians Astudillo, 3 H . . . Season ends Monday in Hagerstown.

Williamsport lost, 1-0, at State College. LP: Ricardo Pinto (1-5), 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO . . . Season ends Monday at home against State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 5-3, over the Yankees1 in the season’s final game. Phillies finished 1.5 games behind Yankees1. 2 H, 2 RBI: RF Gustavo Martinez; LF Olvy Marte. WP: Franklyn Kilome (3-1).

Florida Instructional League: Program begins September 15, at Carpenter Field.

Arizona Fall League: CF Ramon Quinn, C Logan Moore, RHP Colton Murray, RHP Nefi Ogando and LHP Ethan Stewart will be on the Scottsdale Scorpions along with LV pitching coach, Ray Burris. One more Phillies minor leaguer will be assigned to the roster.

This Date
August 29, 1885
RHP Charlie Ferguson tosses the first no-hitter in Phillies history, 1-0, vs. Providence. In his four-year career, all with the Phillies, he finished 99-64, 2.67 ERA winning 21-26-30-22 games. He died of typhoid fever two weeks after his 25th birthday.

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.

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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August 31, 1979
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.

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

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

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

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

Home Sweep Home

Going up against three teams in the playoff hunt, the Phillies polished off a 7-2 homestand last night in sweeping the Nationals, the first against them at Citizens Bank Park in two years.

KK once again was tagged for two quick runs in the first inning, re-grouped, the offense came alive with three home runs as the Phillies improved to 14-6 in their last 20 home games. One of the homers was the first ever pinch-hit HR for Grady. It was the fifth of the season for the Phillies. The club’s single-season record of 11 in 1958 is safe for another year.

From Elias Sports Bureau
Ryan had three hits while Chase and J-Roll had two hits each. It was the 40th time that Howard, Utley and Rollins all had at least two hits in the same game since the trio started playing together in 2004. The Phillies are 34-6 in those 40 games.

Number of the Day
10-5: Phillies record on Thursday, their best day of the week. But, today is a day off. They’ll board some buses for a journey north to begin a weekend series against the Mets tomorrow night.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week
Player –  3B/1B Maikel Franco, Lehigh Valley … 7 G … Batted .500 (14-28), .500 OBP, .893 SLG, 6 R, 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI … Franco hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats in Game 2 of the IronPigs doubleheader against the Syracuse Chiefs … He doubled in the 1st inning, tripled in the 3rd, singled in the 4th, and hit a solo home run in the 6th, becoming just the second IronPig in franchise history to hit for the cycle … The 22-year-old finished the day 6-for-7 with a double, triple, 2 HR, 4 RBI, and 4 runs scored in the doubleheader … Signed as an amateur free agent on January 13, 2010, by Koby Perez.

Pitcher – RHP, Ricardo Pinto, Williamsport … 1 G, 0-1, 1.50 ERA (6.0 IP), 0 BB, 6 H, 1 ER,  9 SO … In 8 games this season the 20-year-old has posted a 2.25 ERA (10 ER, 40.0 IP) … The 6-foot righty began his pro career in 2012 with VSL Phillies … A native of Venezuela, Pinto was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent in 2011 by Jesus Mendez. 

Lehigh Valley won, 5-1, over Pawtucket. 3B Maikel Franco, 2 H, 2 RBI. CF Tony Gwynn Jr., 3 hits, including first HR. WP: Greg Smith (9-10).

Reading won, 5-2, at Portland. HRs: DH Jake Fox (22), C Logan Moore (4). WP: Adam Loewen (3-5); SV. Nefi Ogando (7).

Clearwater won, 9-7, in 11 innings at Tampa. RF Brandon Short, 2 H, 3 RBI. WP: Ulises Joaquin (2-1), 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 SO.

Lakewood lost, 3-2, to Hickory, getting only 4 hits. 3B Mitch Walding, 7th HR.

Williamsport lost, 6-0, at State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 3-0, at the Pirates but were eliminated from the postseason when the Yankees1 won a doubleheader. Final game of the season at 12 noon today, Pirates at Carpenter Field.

This Date
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.

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

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

**This evening, back in my hometown, Community Library, 199 N. College Street, Myerstown, PA; 5-7:30 p.m.

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

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

Talking Baseball and the Book
This Monday, 6-7 p.m. with Greg Luzinski and Dan Baker on WBCB Radio and http://www.WBCB.com. Live “Bull Session” show takes place at Chickie’s & Pete’s on Roosevelt Boulevard in northeast Philly. Will bring some books for those who want to buy one and have it personally autographed. Hope you can join us.

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