No More Pirates

Liriano dominated the Phillies last night as the Pirates finished off their season dominance of their Eastern Pennsylvania rivals.

The lefty fanned 12 in eight shutout innings as the Pirates ended with a 6-1 season record over the Phillies, out-scoring them 32-17. In losing the last two nights, the Phillies had 10 singles and one double.

It is the first time in the rivalry that dates back to 1887 that the Phillies won only one game.

Burnett lost his 16th game. Since July 18 he is 2-8. His run support is 2.07 per nine innings, third lowest in baseball, in those 10 decisions.

Number of the Day
2.03 Phillies bullpen ERA since August 5, lowest in the majors.

NL Batting Race
Justin Morneau (.317)
Josh Harrison (.314)
Andrew McCutchen (.310)
Buster Posey (.309)
Ben Revere (.308)

Road Trip
Phillies board a Delta charter Sunday night for a 10-game, coast-to-coast road trip, their final trip of the season.

It all starts Monday with four night games in San Diego, then up the California coast for three next weekend with the Oakland A’s and then the last road games, September 23-24-25, on the east coast in Miami.

2015 Schedule Note
Phillies will play the American League East in interleague play next year, some games on the road, some at home.

Phillies have played all five in a World Series at some point: Boston Red Sox (1915), New York Yankees (1950 and 2009), Baltimore Orioles (1983), Toronto Blue Jays (1993) and Tampa Bay Rays (2008).

Good News
Curt Schilling has returned to ESPN TV after bout with mouth cancer.

This Date
September 12, 1972
3B Mike Schmidt makes his big league debut, taking over for Don Money in the third inning during a 4-3 loss to the New York Mets at the Vet. Schmidt singles in the ninth inning for his first hit. Four days later, he hits his first home run against Montreal LHP Balor Moore.

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.

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

**Tomorrow (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.

Bucs Overtake Phils

The Pirates continued their dominance over the Phillies and march to postseason play taking game three of the series last night, 6-3.

Jerome Williams struck out a season-high eight but was rocked by consecutive homers in the fifth in losing his first game with the Phillies. Williams was tagged for two first-inning runs when he started the game by hitting the first two batters. It hadn’t been done in the majors since 2005.

Once again, the Phillies offense was feeble, four total hits, two by Asche. Nieves had an RBI single and Williams put the Phillies on top, 3-2, with a two-run single with two out in the fourth. Pirates pitching then retired the next 16 Phillies batters in order.

Number of the Day
4 McCutchen’s inside-the-park HR was the fourth in the history of Citizens Bank Park and the first by the enemy. Chase has two and J-Roll one.

NL Batting Race
Josh Harrison (.318)
Justin Morneau (.317)
Andrew McCutchen (.311)
Ben (.308)
Buster Posey (.306)

This Date
September 11, 1942
CF Edwin Freed ties the NL record for most hits in first MLB game: four (single, two doubles, triple). Cincinnati wins, 8-5, at Shibe Park.

Special Birthday
Lou Grasmick, who pitched briefly for the Phillies in 1948, is 90 today.

Grasmick was sent a Phillies jersey with his name and number (37), a tradition the Phillies started a few years ago when a former player turns 90.

He joins fellow Phillies Alumni who are 90 and over: SS Alex Monchak (97), RHP Lou Lucier (96), OF Wally Westlake (93), INF Alvin Dark (92), INF Solly Hemus (91), RHP Don Grate (91), LHP Bob Kuzava (90), and OF Chuck Harmon (90).

Grasmick resides in Baltimore and is an active owner of a lumber company.

Alumni Feature
Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for a feature on right-handed pitcher Rick Wise. As a 25-year-old he turned in three gems in 1971, two of which have not been duplicated in Phillies history.

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.

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.

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