Rumor Mill Underway

New president Andy MacPhail has begun the search for a new general manager after yesterday’s news that Ruben Amaro would not continue in that role.  Within minutes of the announcement the rumor mill began to post candidates.

After the five greatest seasons in Phillies history, things began to go the other way which happens.  Utley and Howard got hurt, Halladay’s career came to an end as did Lee’s. Core players got older.  Ruben got blamed. The dismantling began after last season with the trading of Bastardo, Byrd and Rollins.  It continued this season, Papelbon, Hamels, Revere, Utley. A bus load of young prospects have been added to the organization. Ruben should get credit.  Andy said someday the Phillies will bear fruit from those moves.

But, Andy felt a change was needed which is understandable. Losses generally dictate change in any sport. Witness, the Phillies are one of five teams looking for a GM:  Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, California Angels. All but the Phillies were expected to contend, not pretend.

Ruben is young, intelligent, experienced and bilingual.  He knows the game.  Heck, it’s been his whole life  He’ll land on his feet somewhere.

Chicago Weekend
An old-fashioned double-header….two games for one price….is in store tonight following Thursday’s wash out.  First pitch is 5:05 p.m.  With expanded rosters, get ready to see a lot of players, especially pitchers. The weekend includes Saturday and Sunday games and iffy weather on Saturday.  Could be a long weekend at the park.

“Lasts”
**Citizens Bank Park DH was a separate admission version, June 28, 2014.  Atlanta won both.

**DH (two games, one admission) was September 3, 2006, a split vs. Atlanta. First game was an 8-7 walk-off win on a single by Shane Victorino.

**DH vs. Cubs, April 18, 2001, in Wrigley Field; Cubs won both.

**Cubs-Phillies DH in Philly: Friday, June 15, 1990. Phillies won both–6-5, 10-inning walk-off single by RF Jim Vatcher and a 7-0, 3-hit shutout by LH Bruce Ruffin (4-6) at Veterans Stadium; attendance was 26,098. Adam Morgan was barely four months old. Alec Asher wasn’t even born.

Minor League Playoffs
Eastern League semi-finals
Game #2 in Binghamton was rained out Wednesday night and will be played tonight.
Jake Thompson will start for the Fightin’ Phils in the 6:35 p.m. game.
Game 3—now Saturday: Binghamton at Reading (Ben Lively), 7:05 p.m.
Game 4–Sunday: Binghamton at Reading (Ethan Martin), 6:35 p.m.*
Game 5–Monday: Binghamton at Reading, 6:05 p.m.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-5 championship series)

New York-Penn League semi-finals
Williamsport dropped a 2-1 decision in West Virginia at Monongalia County Ballpark on Wednesday night.  The Black Bears scored a single run in the second inning on a home run by DH Daniel Arribas and added an unearned run in the fifth inning on two singles, an error by 2B Josh Tobias and sacrifice fly-double play, RF Zack Coppola to 1B Brendon Heydon to 3B Jan Hernandez.

The Crosscutters scored their run in the seventh when LF Venn Biter began the inning with a triple.  He scored on a sacrifice fly by PH William Cuicas.  Tobias singled to start the eighth but the next three hitters struck out.  Two more strike outs and an infield pop-up in the next inning ended the game.

Tobias and Biter each had two hits in a losing cause.  Williamsport was 0-6 with RISP and left eight on base.

Alejandro Arteaga took the loss, five innings, six hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and six strikeouts.  Three relievers tossed three scoreless innings, allowing two hits.

West Virginia’s third baseman is Ke’Bryan Hayes, son of Charlie Hayes, former Phillies third baseman.

Game 2–Friday: West Virginia (PIT) at Williamsport (Franklyn Kilome), 7:05 p.m.
Game 3–Saturday: West Virginia at Williamsport (Mitch Gueller), 7:05 p.m.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-3 championship series)

This Date In Phillies History
September 11, 1942
Phillies 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.

September 12, 1972
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.

 

 

Cubs Next

A chance for the Phillies to move into a tie for fourth went down the tubes Wednesday night as the Braves finished with a series win. Teheran simply silenced the Phillies bats (four hits, seven innings) while his teammates battered the Phillies pitchers for nine runs on a season-high 18 hits.  It is the most hits for the Braves since they had 18 on July 6, 2013, also at Citizens Bank Park.  They have won four road games in their last 31, three against the Phillies.

Next seven games are spoiler opportunities for the Phillies, four games with the Cubs and three with the fading Nationals. Both teams are in the running for postseason baseball. Phillies swept three from the Cubs in Chicago in late July, out-scoring them 21-8.

The Phillies face one of the game’s best in Arrieta tonight.  He’s 12-1 with a 0.99 ERA in his last 15 starts. That one loss came from the Phillies when Hamels no-hit the Cubs on July 25. A little more than a month later Arrieta no-hit the Dodgers. He became the seventh pitcher in major-league history to toss a no-hitter after being the losing pitcher in a no-hitter earlier in the same season: Pud Galvin (1880), Hugh “One Arm” Daily (1883), Mal Eason (1906), Bill McCahan (1947), Juan Marichal (1963) and Tim Lincecum (2013).

Minor League Playoffs
Florida State League semi-finals (best-of-3)
Daytona advanced to the league’s championship round by eliminating the Clearwater Threshers, 2-0.  An unearned run in the seventh inning proved to be the deciding run in the 2-1 loss for the Threshers at Bright House Field. The run scored when 1B Rhys Hoskins missed a catch on a throw from 3B Mitch Walding.

Clearwater was held to nine total hits in two games, eight being singles. Hoskins homered in the fourth inning after Daytona scored in the top of the fourth. It was Clearwater’s lone run in the two losses.  During the season, Clearwater finished second in the league in runs scored.

John Richy was saddled with the loss, allowing both runs on five hits in 6.2 innings pitched.  He walked two and fanned five.

Eastern League semi-finals
Reading’s vaunted offense pounded out 17 hits in taking the opening game, 9-4, in Binghamton’s NYSEG Stadium. During the season, Reading led the league in runs scored, doubles, homers, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Seven batters into the game, the Fightin’ Phils had four runs on five hits. Of their 17 hits, five were doubles and one was a home run. They were 7-16 with RISP and left 12 on base.

LF Cam Perkins was the lone position player to have one hit. Five had two hits with C Andrew Knapp and 3B Harold Martinez having three each.  1B Brock Stassi drove in four runs, three on a fifth-inning home run. RF Dylan Cozens had a pair of doubles and three RBI. SS J. P. Crawford and Knapp each scored three times.

RHP Zach Eflin was the winner, allowing two runs on six hits in seven innings.  Four hits came in his last two innings. He walked one and struck out four.  LHP Tom Windle was charged with two unearned runs.

Game 2–Tonight: Reading (Jake Thompson) at Binghamton, 6:35 p.m.
Game 3–Friday:  Binghamton at Reading (Ben Lively), 7:05 p.m.
Game 4–Saturday: Binghamton at Reading (Ethan Martin), 6:35 p.m.*
Game 5–Sunday: Binghamton at Reading, 6:05 p.m.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-5 championship series)

New York-Penn League semi-finals
Game 1—was rained out last night in West Virginia. It will be played tonight, Alejandro Arteaga on the mound for Williamsport.
Game 2–Friday: West Virginia at Williamsport.
Game 3–Saturday: West Virginia at Williamsport.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-3 championship series)

This Date In Phillies History
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.

 

Nola Rebounds

Nola stepped up again and the Phillies snapped a five-game losing streak with their sixth shutout.  Since he made his big league debut back on July 21, Phillies starters have combined to toss seven or more innings in nine of their 44 starts.  Nola has four of the nine.

After bouncing back from a rough previous outing against the Mets, Nola won to improve to 6-2.  Greg Maddux was 2-4 in his first big league season (six starts) and 6-14 in his first full season.  Now, please, I’m not saying Aaron is in Greg’s category. Way too early to crown Nola a stopper, an ace or the #1 starter. He’s made just 10 big league starts but does qualify as a solid building block.  As we all know, we need pitching.

Giles is 12-for-12 in saves since Papelbon was traded.  Last night was his third career save of four outs. Herrera is hitting .364 (75-for-206) in his last 56 games, raising his batting average from .243 to .302. Not bad for a Rule 5 draftee who played in A and AA ball a year ago.

The Phillies led in the game for the first time since Friday in Boston, a game they wound up losing.

Minor League Playoffs
Florida State League semi-finals
LHP Amir Garrett and two relievers blanked the Clearwater Threshers, 3-0, on two singles in Game 1 on Tuesday night in Daytona.  Garrett yielded only 1 hit in seven innings while striking out 12.

The Tortugas ended the season on a five-game winning streak in which they out-scored their opponents, 16-5. The streak enabled Daytona to reach the playoffs as a second-place team to Clearwater.  The Threshers won the first half by winning their last five games, including a three-game sweep of Daytona.  Clearwater also won the second half, the first team since Ft. Myers in 2009 to win both halves.

RHP Ricardo Pinto took the loss.  He allowed all three runs on four hits in six innings.  He walked three and struck out six.  1B Rhys Hoskins got Clearwater’s first single with two out in the seventh.  3B Mitch Walding had the other hit with two out in the eighth inning.

“Tonight we ran into tough pitcher who was locked in. Pinto didn’t get comfortable until 4th inning but did nice job of keeping us in game,” Clearwater manager Greg Legg.

Game 2 in the best-of-three series is tonight in Bright House Field, 7:05 p.m. RHP John Richy, acquired in the Chase Utley trade, will start for Clearwater. Game 3, if necessary, is Thursday night in Clearwater.  Winner advances to the best-of-five championship series.

Eastern League semi-finals
Tonight: Reading Fightin’ Phils (Zach Elfin) at Binghamton Mets, 6:35 p.m.
Thursday: Reading (Jake Thompson) at Binghamton, 6:35 p.m.
Friday:  Binghamton at Reading (Ben Lively), 7:05 p.m.
Saturday: Binghamton at Reading (Ethan Martin), 6:35 p.m.*
Sunday: Binghamton at Reading, 6:05 p.m.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-5 championship series)

New York-Penn League semi-finals
Tonight: Williamsport Crosscutters (Alejandro Arteage) at West Virginia Black Bears (PIT).
Thursday: West Virginia at Williamsport.
Friday: West Virginia at Williamsport.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-3 championship series)

Transactions
OF Brian Pointer added to Reading roster from Lehigh Valley
RHP Nick Pivetta added to GCL roster from Reading
INF Drew Stankiewicz and OF Herlis Rodriguez added to Clearwater roster from Lakewood
OF Andrew Amaro added to Williamsport roster from Lakewood

Players of the Week (August 31-September 7)
INF Drew Stankiewicz, Lakewood…The 22-year-old, in his second professional season, batted .438 (14-for-32) with eight runs scored, three doubles, and four walks in eight games. He scored at least one run in seven of those eight games and hit safely in seven as well, recording multiple hits five times. Stankiewicz, whose dad, Andy, was a big league infielder, was selected by the Phillies in the 11th round of the 2014 draft out of Arizona State University and was signed by Brad Holland.

RHP Jake Thompson, Reading…Dominated in two starts last week. He allowed two runs and no walks in 7.0 innings against Binghamton in his first start, and tossed 6.0 shutout innings against Richmond while striking out seven, walking none and surrendering just four hits in his second. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound right-hander was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the second round of the 2012 draft and part of the package in the Cole Hamels trade with Texas.

This Date In Phillies History
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.

Scouting World
Phillies amateur scouts will be following fall high school and college programs.  Pro scouts are in a down-time before being assigned to instructional league programs in Florida and Arizona, the Arizona Fall League and winter ball in Latin America.

Sal Agostinelli, Director international scouting, is current in the Far East. Other scouts will be traveling to Korea and Japan as the Phillies increase their presence in those countries.

 

Minors Begin Playoffs

Reading (Eastern League), Clearwater (Florida State) and Williamsport (New York-Penn) are in the playoffs . . . Each had the best overall record in their respective leagues . . . Every club had a winning record but Lehigh Valley . . . Phillies six minor league teams finished with a 377-319 record, compared to 303-393 a year ago when none of the teams reached the postseason.

Clearwater: Florida State League semi-finals (best of 3).
Tonight: Clearwater (Ricardo Pinto) at Daytona Tortugas (CIN), 7:05.
Wednesday: Daytona at Clearwater (John Richy), 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: Daytona at Clearwater (David Whitehead), 7:00 p.m.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-3 championship series)

Reading: Eastern League semi-finals (best of 5).
Wednesday: Reading (Zach Elfin) at Binghamton Mets, 6:35 p.m.
Thursday: Reading (Jake Thompson) at Binghamton, 6:35 p.m.
Friday:  Binghamton at Reading (Ben Lively), 7:05 p.m.
Saturday: Binghamton at Reading (Ethan Martin), 6:35 p.m.*
Sunday: Binghamton at Reading, 6:05 p.m.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-5 championship series)

Williamsport: New York Penn League semi-finals (best of 3).
Wednesday: Williamsport at West Virginia Black Bears (PIT).
Thursday: West Virginia at Williamsport.
Friday: West Virginia at Williamsport.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-3 championship series)

End of Season
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (63-81), 5th place, North Division
Ended season with 8-1 loss to Rochester, sixth loss this month in seven games.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (80-61), Eastern Division champions
Dropped 2-1 decision in Richmond to end the regular season.  Starter Nick Pivetta left with an oblique strain injury after throwing four pitches. CF Nick Williams returned from the DL, H, SB. SS J. P. Crawford, 3 hits. C Andrew Knapp, 2 hits . . . 1B Brock Stassi led the league with 90 RBI, the second-highest figure in double-A ball.  RH Stephen Shackelford topped the EL with 30 saves.

Clearwater Threshers (79-58), champions of both halves, North Division . . .
C-1B-DH Willians Astudillo won the FSL batting title with a .314 average.

Lakewood BlueClaws (73-65) 2nd place, Northern Division
Pounded out 16 hits in besting Delmarva, 12-3, in the last game. CF Jiandido Tromp, double, triple, HR (9), 4 RBI. 2B Drew Stankiewciz, 2 hits, finishing with 19 hits in final 38 at-bats. 3B Damek Tomscha, 32nd double, 3 RBI. SS Emanuel Marrero, 3 hits.  WP: Jairor Munoz (3-0).

Williamsport Crosscutters (46-30), Pinckney Division champions
Ended the regular season with a 5-3 loss to State College. DH Greg Brodzinsksi, 2 H, 2 RBI. Finished season with 26-12 record at home, second best in franchise history.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (36-24), finished in 2nd place, Northwest Division.  Also finished second a year ago, 36-23.

Braves End Woes
Atlanta came to town riding a 12-game losing streak and a 13-game road losing streak.
Harang’s last win was July 30 against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves’ last road win was August 2 in the same park. Their last win was August 24 vs. Colorado.  Harang’s winless streak continued while Atlanta’s woes ended last night.  Peterson and Simmons each went 3-for-4.  They went into the game a combined 1-for-32.

The long ball and shutdown innings have haunted Harang over his last 16 starts. He gave up a two-run homer in the first and allowed three in the fourth after the Phillies got on the scoreboard in the third to trail, 2-1.

Bogusevic, making his first big league appearance in nearly two seasons, belted a pinch-home run for the Phillies other run.  It was the fourth of his career. The Phillies lead the majors with nine pinch homers, two better than the Dodgers.  Club record is 11 set in 1958.

Right-hander Ryan Weber is making his major league debut tonight for Atlanta.  A Clearwater Catholic High School product was selected by the Phillies in the 12th round in 2008.  He opted for St. Petersburg Junior College and was drafted by the Braves the following season. He was 6-5 combined in AA and AAA, nine starts out of 38 appearances.

This Date In Phillies History
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.

Bullpen Game
An example of how the game has changed in the past 10-15 years can be seen in the Dodgers game at the Angels last night.  Greinke gave the Dodgers six innings as a starter and he was followed by six relievers over the last three innings.  The Angels used nine pitchers in a 7-5, 9-inning loss. Angels also won in the pitch count contest, 185-153.  Time of game? 3:52. Not surprising.

Complete games have become extinct.  The Indians lead the majors with nine.  The Pirates, Marlins and Orioles have zero.  Eight teams have one, including the Phillies.

 

Spoiler or 3rd Place?

With 25 games left on the schedule, the Phillies have a chance to be a spoiler or climb out of fifth and finish as high as third. Whether the young Phillies can weather another month of baseball remains to be seen.  Many haven’t played every day in September/October. Three rookie pitchers got belted around in Boston over the weekend, part of the process of becoming a big league pitcher.

A 10-game homestand starts tonight with the Braves in town for three.  Atlanta is a game ahead of the Phillies who have a 7-6 edge on the Braves, losers of 12 in a row and 26 of their last 28 on the road. Rest of homestand features four with the Cubs and three with the Nationals. Phillies are 3-0 and 5-8, respectively, versus those two clubs. Both are battling for the postseason.

With the Braves running out three right-handed starters, Howard will be back in the lineup. In 168 career games against the Braves, he has hit 50 homers and has driven in 147 runs.

Saturday’s win by the Red Sox over the Phillies was the 151st for an American League team in interleague play this season.  It marked the 12th consecutive year that the AL has won the interleague competition.  Courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau.

Minor Leagues
Playoff Picture
Reading: Eastern League semi-finals (best of 5).
Wednesday: Reading (Zach Elfin) at Binghamton Mets, 6:35 p.m.
Thursday: Reading (Jake Thompson) at Binghamton, 6:35 p.m.
Friday:  Binghamton at Reading (Ben Lively), 7:05 p.m.
Saturday: Binghamton at Reading, 6:35 p.m.*
Sunday: Binghamton at Reading, 6:05 p.m.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-5 championship series)

Clearwater: Florida State League semi-finals (best of 3).
Tuesday: Clearwater (Ricardo Pinto) at Daytona Tortugas, 7:05p.m.
Wednesday: Daytona at Clearwater (John Richy), 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: Daytona at Clearwater (David Whitehead), 7:00 p.m.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-3 championship series)

Williamsport: New York Penn League semi-finals (best of 3).
Wednesday: Williamsport at TBD wild card winner.
Thursday: Wild card winner at Williamsport.
Friday: Wild card winner at Williamsport.*
*If necessary
(Winner advances to the best-of-3 championship series)

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (63-80), 5th place, North Division)
1-2 record for the final weekend.  WP: Sean O’Sullivan (5-2); SV: Dustin McGowan (13). 1B Tommy Joseph, HR (#3), 2 RBI in the win . . . Severino Gonzalez (2-6) in last game, 1:35 this afternoon vs. Rochester.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (80-60), Eastern Division champions)
Dropped 2 of 3 in Richmond.  WP: Jake Thompson (5-1), 6-4-0-0-0-7 on Saturday. SV: Stephen Shackleford (30). RF Dylan Cozens, 5-11 weekend. In 10 games since promotion from Clearwater, .389, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 9 RBI . . . Reading will finish with the best record in the league . . . Nick Pivetta (2-4) in season finale, 12:05 this afternoon in Richmond.

Clearwater Threshers (79-58), champions of both halves, North Division)
Ended the regular season on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Dunedin behind Matt Imhoff (8-5); SV: Miguel Nunez (8). Threshers had the best overall record in the FSL.

Lakewood BlueClaws (72-65) 3rd place, Northern Division)
Lost 2 of 3 to Delmarva.  WP: Ranfi Casimiro (9-7), 7-5-1-1-0-4 on Saturday. 3B Damek Tomscha was hit by a pitch in that game, a club-record 22nd time . . . Jairo Munoz (2-0) in final game of the season, 1:05 this afternoon vs. Delmarva.

Williamsport Crosscutters (46-29) Pinckney Division champions)
Won 2 of 3, scoring a total of 5 runs. WP: Mitch Gueller (10-1), 5-7-0-0-1-2 on Friday and Luis Morales (2-2) on Sunday.  Robert Tasin picked up a save on Sunday, giving him 17 in 18 opportunities. 2B Josh Taylor, 7-12 weekend, HR (4), 2 RBI . . . Williamsport will finish with the best overall record in the league . . . Jose Taveras (7-3) in last game of the regular season, 1:05 this afternoon vs. State College.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (36-24), finished in 2nd place, Northwest Division)

This Date In Phillies History
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 at Veterans Stadium 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.

Comment Corner
Baseball Ross posted the following on Friday: “Who will be the Phillies minor league players of the month for September?”

That will be determined the Communications Department.  Generally in past years, none was selected as September has fewer games.

 

Weekend in Boston

Interleague play for the Phillies says good-bye this weekend versus Boston, against whom they are just 22-31.   They haven’t done well in Fenway Park either 8-14.  In case you are not aware, Fenway is baseball’s oldest park, having opened in 1912.

Last time the Phillies played in Fenway was May 27-28, 2014.  Tyler Cloyd started for the Phillies and lost, 9-3.  Cliff Lee won the next night, 3-1. Four current Phillies were in the starting lineup when Lee pitched, Howard (1B), Brown (LF), Kratz (c) and Galvis (2B). Boston has only one from that game, Ortiz (DH).

First time the Phillies ever played the Red Sox in Boston was in the World Series 100 years ago. But the Red Sox played their home games at the newly-constructed Braves Field which had a larger seating capacity (40,000). The Red Sox won games #3 and 4, in Boston, 2-1 and 2-1, and the next two in Baker Bowl to take the series, 4-1.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Month (August)

C Andrew Knapp, Reading. A switch-hitter, Knapp batted .404 batted .404 (40-for-99) with eight home runs, 28 RBI, 23 runs scored, 12 walks, nine doubles, one triple, a .758 slugging percentage and 1.277 OPS in 25 games. He hit safely in his first 15 games of the month, batting .542 with five home runs, 18 RBI and 10 multi-hit games during that span. The 23-year-old selected by the Phillies in the second round of the 2013 draft out of the University of California at Berkeley and was signed by Joey Davis.

RHP Ricardo Pinto, Clearwater. The 21-year-old was 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA (two earned runs in 24.2 innings), a 0.77 WHIP (15 hits and four walks), 18 strikeouts and a .179 opponents’ batting average. Pinto did not allow more than five hits in any of his four starts. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Venezuela native is 8-2 with a 2.45 ERA this season with Clearwater, and is 14-4 with a 2.76 ERA overall between the Threshers and Lakewood BlueClaws. He was signed by the Phillies and Jesus Mendez as an amateur free agent in December of 2011

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (62-78), 5th place, North Division)
Dropped 2-1 decision to Syracuse. 3B Russ Canzler drove in the lone run.  ND: David Buchanan, 6-5-0-0-2-7.
Next: Ryan O’Sullivan (4-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Syracuse.
Season ends: Monday.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (79-58), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Reading officially clinched the division title as 3B Harold Martinez singled in both runs in the seven inning as Reading edged Binghamton, 2-1. Four Reading pitchers held Binghamton to 2 hits after the Mets had banged out 21 the night before.  ND: starter Ethan Martn, 5-0-0-0-1-5.  WP: Ryan O’Sulllivan (2-2). SV: Stephen Shackleford (29).
Next: Zach Eflini (8-6) 7:05 tonight in Richmond, the first of a four-game series.
Regular season ends: Monday.

Clearwater Threshers (40-24), 1st place, North Division)
RHP Ricardo Pinto allowed 5 runs in 5 innings but improved to 9-2, 9-8, in Dunedin. Six Threshers had multi hits and 7 drove in runs. Only player hitless in the lineup was Willians Astudillo, who continues to lead the FSL, .319.
Next: John Richy (0-0) 6:30 tonight vs. Dunedin.
Regular season ends: Sunday
Postseason honors: Greg Legg was named the FSL manager-of-the-year. All-Stars included C Willians Astudillo, LF Andrew Pullin and RF Dylan Cozens.

Lakewood BlueClaws (38-28, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Pounded out 15 hits in defeating Delmarva, 7-5. Six different players had multi-hit games. HRs: 1B Kyle Martin (5) and CF Jiandido Tromp (8). WP: Will Morris (7-0), 7.2-6-3-3-0-5.  SV: Matt Hockenberry (19).
Next: Tyler Viza (5-9) 7:05 tonight vs. Delmarva.
Season ends: Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters (43-28) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Dropped 2-1 decision at West Virginia.  2B Josh Tobin, 3 hits, including a first-inning solo home run, #4.
Next: Mitch Gueller (9-1) 7:05 tonight at West Virginia.
Regular season ends: Monday.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (36-24), finished in 2nd place, Northwest Division)

Playoff Picture
Reading: Eastern League semi-finals (best of 5)
September 9 and 10, Reading at Binghamton Mets.
September 11-12-13* (*if necessary), Reading home games.

Clearwater: Florida State League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 8, Clearwater at Daytona Tortugas.
September 9-10, Clearwater home games.

Williamsport: New York Penn League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 9-10-11. Three division winners and one wild card team.  Williamsport currently has the best record of division leaders.  Seven teams are within three games of the wild card berth.

This Date In Phillies History
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.

Keep up with historic moments over the weekend at http://www.phillies.com/alumni.

Mets Prevail

Nola had allowed one run in his last two starts but the Mets got to him for six in the first three innings.  Phillies defensive shortcomings didn’t help.  Down by six to Harvey didn’t bode well as he had given up one run over his last four starts. But, the Phillies threw up a three-spot in the fifth inning to get back in the game. Hinojosa relieved but walked the first batter which led to another run. Shutdown innings after the Phillies have scored have been a problem this season.

It was the Mets’ 14th win over the Phillies, most ever against them in one season.  Three games remain between the two teams.  Best Phillies record vs. Mets, 15-3, in 1864.

Colton Murray pitched the eighth inning, the ninth pitcher to make his debut with the Phillies this season.

Day off on Thursday is followed by a weekend in Boston for three games.  Back home next week for three with the Braves and four with the Cubs.  Phillies and Braves met on Labor Day a year ago in Atlanta.  It became an historic occasion as the Phillies recorded their first combined no-hitter in franchise history.  Hamels/Diekman/Giles/Papelbon.  Only Giles is still wearing red pinstripes.

Minor Leagues
Players of the Week (Aug. 24-30)
1B/3B Damek Tomscha, Lakewood…The 24-year-old batted .381 (8-for-21) with three home runs, seven RBI, two doubles, three walks and a team-high nine runs scored. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound infielder hit safely in all but one of his seven games, recording multiple hits and multiple RBI three times each. Tomscha was selected by the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2014 draft out of Auburn University and was signed by Mike Stauffer.

RHP John Richy, Clearwater…He was selected after an impressive Threshers debut during which he tossed 7.0 scoreless innings and held Daytona to just four hits (all singles) and a walk while striking out three batters. The 23-year-old has walked one batter or fewer in nine of his last 12 outings dating back to June 16 with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Richy was acquired by the Phillies along with Darnell Sweeney in the August 19 trade that sent Chase Utley to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was originally selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2014 draft out the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (62-77), 5th place, North Division)
Lost last road game of the season, 6-5, in Pawtucket. 1B Tommy Joseph, HR (2), a 3-run blast that tied the game in the eighth inning.
Next: David Buchanan (4-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Syracuse.
Season ends: Monday.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-58), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Got pounded, 16-4, by Binghamton, which had 21 hits.  INF Brodie Green pitched the ninth inning.  1B Brock Stassi, HR (15), 2 RBI.
Next: Ethan Martin (3-0) 6:35 tonight vs. Binghamton
Regular season ends: Monday.

Clearwater Threshers (39-24), 1st place, North Division)
Day off on Wednesday.
Next: Ricardo Pinto (8-2) 6:30 tonight in Dunedin, final regular season road game.
Regular season ends: Sunday.

Lakewood BlueClaws (37-28, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Lost, 10-6, at Greensboro. 1B Kyle Martin, HR (4), 2 RBI. LF Cord Sandberg, HR (5), RBI. C Deivi Grullon, 2 H, 2 R, RBI.
Next: Will Morris (6-0) vs. Delmarva.
Season ends: Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters (43-27) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Lost, 6-5, in 11 innings at West Virginia. LF Venn Biter, single, double, triple, RBI. CF Carlos Dura, HR (3), RBI. DH Zach Coppola, 2 SB (18-19).
Next:  Alejandro Arteaga 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.
Regular season ends: Monday.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (36-24), finished in 2nd place, Northwest Division)

Playoff Picture
Reading: Eastern League semi-finals (best of 5)
September 9 and 10, Reading at Binghamton Mets.
September 11-12-13* (*if necessary), Reading home games.

Clearwater: Florida State League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 8, Clearwater at Daytona Tortugas.
September 9-10, Clearwater home games.

Williamsport: New York Penn League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 9-10-11. Three division winners and one wild card team.  Williamsport currently has the best record of division leaders.  Seven teams are within three games of the wild card berth.

Who Am I?

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Yes, who is this right-handed hurler and what did he do?  Check out http://www.phillies.com/alumni for the answer.

This Date In Phillies History
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 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. Howard is the first Phillies player to reach 50 home runs.

 

 

 

Ruf Leads Rout

Thanks to Ruf, the Phillies’ 10-game losing streak to the Mets is over.  The first baseball drove in six runs in three at-bats.  Last month, he had five RBI in 43 at-bats. Who was the last Phillies player to have a six-RBI game?  Would you believe Delmon Young two years ago?

Five days ago, Harang had a 5-0 lead over the Mets but couldn’t hold it.  Last night, he led 6-0 before giving up four in the fifth inning and left before getting the win. In each case, a two-run homer got the Mets on the scoreboard against him. This time, the Phillies added on the lead scoring eight in the sixth on three hits

The win was the first over the Mets since May 8 (Hamels) at Citizens Bank Park and first one at Citi Field since August 30 a year ago (Williams).

What is the National League record for most consecutive losses to one team?  20, held by two teams. Guess what?  The Phillies were the first, losing 20 in a row to St. Louis, July 15, 1927-July 20, 1928. Pittsburgh also did it against Cincinnati in 1938.

September Call-ups
Two right-handed relievers and a catcher joined the Phillies in New York on Tuesday.  The relievers give the Phillies some fresh arms in the bullpen which has been busy.  The addition of the catcher gives Mackanin more maneuverability.

2015 C Murray

RH Colton Murray . . . 25 years old; 13th round selection in 2011 out of the University of Kansas . . . Fifth year pro working strictly in relief . . . Began 2015 at Lehigh Valley, went to Reading (May 26) and returned to AAA (July 31) . . . Combined: 8-3, 52 games, 3 saves, 77.2 innings, 55 hits, 31 walks, 77 strikes . . . LV’s hottest pitcher last month, 10 games, 0.57 ERA, 15.2 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, 15 strikeouts . . . 314 strikeouts in 311 career minor league innings.

2015 Hinojosa

RH Dalier Hinojosa . . . 29 years old; signed as an international free agent (Cubs) by the Red Sox in 2013 . . . 2015: Pawtucket, Red Sox, Lehigh Valley and Phillies, who claimed him on waivers (July 15) . . . 0.00 ERA for 6.2 big league innings with Sox/Phils . . . 3-2, 3.76 in 29 AAA relief appearances, 52 strikeouts in 51 innings.

2015 Kratz

C Erik Kratz . . . 35 years old . . . Played for Phillies parts of 2011-11-12 seasons . . . Began 2015 with Kansas City (4 games) . . . Minors: Omaha, Tacoma and Lehigh Valley; signed by Phillies for LV on July 21 . . .. Hit .348 in August, 3 HR, 12 RBI in 16 games.

Minor Leagues
Arizona Fall League
Phillies will have seven prospects in the Arizona Fall League, SS. J. P. Crawford, C Andrew Knapp, OF Dylan Cozens, RHS Nick Pivetta, LHR Tom Windle, RHR Edubray Ramos and RHSs Yacksel Rios.

Six teams will play a 32-game schedule that begins on October 13.

The Phillies again will participate in the Florida Instructional League in September and have players in winter ball.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (62-76), tie 4th place, North Division)
Lost, 10-2, at Pawtucket as Miguel A. Gonzalez gave up five runs in three innings in his first start of the season.  Home runs: 2B Tyler Pastornicky (1), D Russ Canzler (9). OF Brian Bogusevic was named to the IL postseason All-Star team.
Next: Severino Gonzalez (2-6) 7:05 tonight in Pawtucket, the start of the final road series.
Season ends: Monday.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-57), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Lost when Binghamton scored 2 in the top of the ninth, 7-6.  5 different Reading players had 2 hits each. Home runs: C Andrew Knapp (11), 3 RBI; RF Dylan Cozens (3), 3rd in 5 games since joining Reading. ND: Ben Lively, 5.1-6-4-4-1-4.
Next: Joely Rodriguez (5-3) 6:35 tonight vs. Binghamton
Regular season ends: Monday.

Clearwater Threshers (39-24), 1st place, North Division)
Split a pair at Daytona, 3-2 win in 8 innings and 3-0 loss. Home runs: 1B Rhys Hoskins (8), SS Malquin Canelo (2), game-winner. WP: Alberto Tirado (5-3); SV: Jesen Therrien (3). Matt Imhoff (7-5) lost the second game, 3-2-3-2-1-4.
Next: Day off Wednesday
Regular season ends: Sunday.

Lakewood BlueClaws (37-27, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won, 9-0, at Greensboro, banging out 16 hits.  SS Drew Stankiewicz, 3-5; has 10 hits in last 3 games. LF Cord Sandberg, 3 H, including 4th HR, 4 RBI. WP: Jairo Munoz (2-0), 6-3-0-0-0-5. SV: Zack Morris (1), 3-3-0-0-2-6.
Next: Shane Watson (1-5) 4:00 this evening in Greensboro, Lakewood’s last road game.
Season ends: Monday.

Williamsport Crosscutters (43-26) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Dropped 8-4 decision to Auburn. DH Jesus Posso, 2-4. 1B Brendon Hayden, 2-4; leads club with .314 mark.
Next: Franklyn Kilome (3-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.
Regular season ends: Monday.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (36-24), finished in 2nd place, Northwest Division)

Playoff Picture
Reading: Eastern League semi-finals (best of 5)
September 9 and 10, Reading at second place winner (to be determined)
September 11-12-13* (*if necessary), Reading home games.

Clearwater: Florida State League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 8, Clearwater at Daytona.
September 9-10, Clearwater home games

Williamsport: New York Penn League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 9-10-11. Three division winners and one wild card team.  Final records to determine the seeds.

Alec Asher tweet:
“It’s been a couple crazy days but I just wanna thank everyone for all the support, really means a lot. Literally a dream come true!”

Reading Clinches Division

The Phillies were held to one run by two pitchers with a combined weight of 528 pounds. Colon, the 42-year-old listed at 283 pounds, ran is 2015 record against the Phillies to 4-0 working eight scoreless innings.  Only one Phillies batter reached second base while he was on the mound.

Phillies rallied in the ninth against Familia, a 245-pound right-hander, but could only get one run after they had the bases loaded with no out. Final, 3-1.

The Mets continued their dominance of the Phillies this year, winning their 10th in a row. It matches their longest winning streak over the Phillies, set from September 19, 1971 to June 28, 1972.

Eickhoff lost to Colon for the second time in a week.  The youngster gave up three runs on four hits in seven innings. Two of the hits were home runs in the fifth inning giving the Mets 45 for August, tops in the NL.

Playoff Fever
Tickets are on sale now for three Phillies minor league teams that have reached the playoffs, Reading, Clearwater and Williamsport.

**Eastern League semi-finals (best of 5)
September 9 and 10, Reading at second place winner (to be determined)
September 11-12-13* (*if necessary), Reading home games.

**Florida State League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 8, Clearwater on road (to be determined)
September 9-10, Clearwater home games

**New York Penn League semi-finals (best of 3)
September 9-10-11. Three division winners and one wild card team.  Final records to determine the seeds.

Minor Leagues
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (62-75), tie 4th place, North Division)
LHP Anthony Vasquez (8-7) had a pair of hits and an RBI in winning, 8-3, at Syracuse, 6-6-3-3-3-4. PH Jordan Danks capped a 5-run sixth inning that broke a 3-3 tie with a grand slam, his 6th HR. C Erik Kratz, 3 H, RBI.
Next: TBD 7:05 tonight in Pawtucket, the start of the final road series.
Season ends: September 7.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-56), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Clinched first playoff appearance since 2012, 6-2, over Binghamton.  SS J.P. Crawford 2 doubles (20), 2 RBI. RF Dylan Cozens, single, HR (2), 2 RBI. WP: Jake Thompson (4-1), 7-8-2-2-0-4. SV: Ryan Sullivan (2), 2-0-0-0-0-0.
Next: Ben Lively (8-7) 6:35 tonight vs. Binghamton
Regular season ends: September 7.

Clearwater Threshers (38-23), 1st place, North Division)
By winning the first half, the Threshers reached the playoffs for the first time since 2007 when they won the FSL championship. They were rained out of a DH in Daytona on Monday, fourth game lost to rain in the last week.
Next: John Richy (0-0) and TBD 5:05 DH this evening in Daytona.
Regular season ends: September 6.

Lakewood BlueClaws (36-27, 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won fourth in a row, 5-3, at Greensboro.  C Deivi Grullon homered for the second straight game, #8, 2 RBI. RF Herlis Rodriguez, 2 H, RBI. 3B Drew Stankiewicz, 2 H, following a 5-hit game.  WP: Austin Davis (5-5), 6-7-3-3-0-1. SV: Matt Hockenberry (18).
Next: Elniery Garcia (8-9) 7:05 tonight in Greensboro.
Season ends: September 7.

Williamsport Crosscutters (43-25) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Magic number reduced to one following a 12-2 blowout against Batavia. LF Venn Biter, 3 H, RBI. CF Carlos Duran, 3 H, 3 R. 3B Jan Hernandez, double, triple, 4 RBI, 3 R. C Austin Bossart, single, double, 2 RBI.  WP: Luis Morales (1-2), 5-4-2-0-2-2.
Next: Jose Taveras (7-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn.
Season ends: September 7.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (36-24), finished in 2nd place, Northwest Division)

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: RHP Miguel Gonzalez, activated from DL; LH reliever Joey DeNato, from Lakewood.

Lakewood: LHP Scott Harris, placed on DL

Williamsport: RHP Ismael Cabrera, from Williamsport.

This Date In Phillies History
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
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 history.

 

 

Weekend Morsels

The Padres avoided a weekend and season sweep by scoring six times off the Phillies bullpen in a 9-4 win on Sunday. They had lost seven in a row at Citizens Bank Park.

Nola and Morgan were winners in the first two games.  Each has five wins.  The Phillies are the only major-league team to have two rookies with at least five wins as starting pitchers this season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Since the All-Star Game, the Phillies are 23-17.  14 of those wins have come from rookies, including the last seven.

Rupp has seven home runs this month, most for a Phillies catcher since Mike Lieberthal went deep eight times in August 2002.  Five of Rupp’s homers have come in games pitched by Nola.

Alec Asher became the fifth Phillies rookie to make his debut this season.  That’s a club record. While he was tagged with yesterday’s loss (4 runs, 5.2 innings), he received an introduction on his first at-bat that hasn’t been done before.  His dad, Bob, is the PA announcer at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, FL.  Dad pinch-hit for Dan Baker and introduced his son.

Herrera had his first four-hit game in the majors. He hitting .346 this month after .362 in July.

The Phillies bused to New York on Sunday evening for three games in the Mets’ yard starting on Monday night. Phillies have lost seven in a row at Citi Field, including six this season. Their last win there came last August 30.  For the season, the Phillies are 1-12 vs. the Mets.

Rosters can be expanded starting Tuesday. Look for some arms for the bullpen which has been overworked, 24 earned runs on 36 hits in 27.1 innings during this seven-game homestand.

Minor Leagues
Playoff Picture
Reading and Williamsport are headed for postseason play in their respective leagues. Clearwater is already there having won the Florida State League first-half title.

Eastern League Honors
1B Brock Stassi was named the league’s MVP seventh Reading player in the team’s history to take league MVP honors, joining Darin Ruf (2012), Ryan Howard (2004), Marlon Byrd (2001), Jeff Stone (1983), Mark Davis (1980), and Greg Luzinski (1970).

Dusty Wathan was named Manager of the Year. He joins Gary Varsho (2000), Al LeBeouf (1997), Bill Dancy (1995 & 1983), and Bob Wellman (1975) as Reading skippers who won the award.

Stassi and closer Stephen Shackleford were selected on the league’s postseason All-Star team.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (61-75), tie 4th place, North Division)
Lost 2 of 3.  Win (3-1) came Sunday at Syracuse, Sean O’Sullivan (4-2), 6-1-1-1-5-8. SV: Dustin McGowan (14).  LP Saturday (2-1) David Buchanan (4-2), 7-4-2-2-2-3.
Next: Anthony Vasquez (7-7) 7:05 tonight in Syracuse.
Season ends: September 7.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (77-56), 1st place, Eastern Division)
Won 9-4 on Friday and 9-8 on Sunday and lost, 6-2, on Saturday to Bowie. WPs: Reinier Roibal (6-1) on Friday and Zach Elfin (8-6) on Sunday. RF Dylan Cozens, brought up from Clearwater on Friday, was 5-11 with a HR, 6 RBI in the series.  3B Angelo Mora, 4-11, HR, 2 RBI; hitting .400 in last 10 games.
Next: Jake Thompson (3-1) 6:35 tonight vs. Binghamton
Regular season ends: September 7.

Clearwater Threshers (38-23), 1st place, North Division)
After a rain out Thursday in Brevard County, won a DH on Friday. WPs: Ricardo Pinto (8-2) and David Whitehead (8-11). Miguel Nunez (7), 8-pitch save in 2-1 first game win; LF Andrew Pullin made a diving catch to end the game. Saturday was halted 4-4 after five innings.  Game goes down as a tie as the two teams don’t play again.  Sunday, rain out in Daytona.
Next: Matt Imhoff (7-4) and Victor Arano (4-12) 5:05 DH this evening in Daytona.
Regular season ends: September 6.

Lakewood BlueClaws (35-27, tie 2nd place, Northern Division)
Won all three, 4-1, 2-1, 15-8. WPs: Will Morris (6-0), Tyler Viza (5-9) and Ranfi Casimiro (8-7). 3B-1B Damek Tomscha, 3-11, 2 HR (7), 5 RBI, 4 R; hitting .382 in last 10. SS Drew Stankewicz, 5-6, 3 R on Sunday. C Deivi Grullon, HR (7), 6 RBI in same game. CF Jiandido Tromp saved the 2-1 game with a leaping catch that took away a game-tying HR.
Next: Austin Davis (4-5) 7:05 tonight in Greensboro.
Season ends: September 7.

Williamsport Crosscutters (42-25) 1st place, Pinckney Division)
Magic number to clinch the division is two despite dropping 2 of 3. Mitch Gueller (9-1) won on Saturday, 7-3, 5-4-3-3-3-5. 1B Brendon Hayden, single, double HR (3), 3 RBI, 2 R in that game.
Next: Luis Morales (0-2) 7:05 tonight vs. Auburn..
Season ends: September 7.

Gulf Coast League Phillies (36-24), 2nd place, Northwest Division)
Ended season with a 5-0 win on Saturday. Finished behind the Blue Jays (39-19).

Transactions
Lehigh Valley: LHP Jesse Biddle, placed on DL (left shoulder strain).

Reading: CF Nick Williams, placed on DL (concussion); OF Dylan Cozens, added from Clearwater.

Clearwater: INF Jose Antequera, added from GCL.

Lakewood: RHP Victor Delgado and LHP Zack Morris, added from GCL

Williamsport: LHP Luis Morales, added from GCL.

This Date In Phillies History
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’s RFK stadium.

Enunciate
Scott Franzke, on yesterday’s broadcast, “Larry, they are trying to confuse us. We have Ruf and Rupp, Asche and Asher.”

 

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