Back end of bullpen stepping forward
**Another building block that has been established is the back end of the bullpen, Edubray Ramos, Adam Morgan, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris. That quartet was lethal in last night’s 4–2 win over the Nationals, a win which assured the Phillies wouldn’t lose 100 games this season.
How lethal? Glad you asked. They retired all 12 batters they faced, nine on strikeouts. Each fanned two in his one inning except Neris who struck out the side in recording his 19th straight save.
**Jake Thompson picked up the win, allowing one run in his five-plus innings. Since September 18, the rotation has posted a 2.65 ERA and held the enemy to a .230 average.
**The offense continued to sputter, getting only six hits. Cameron Rupp doubled in two runs. 31 of his 64 hits have gone for extra bases. Tommy Joseph (single) and Rhys Hoskins (sacrifice fly) drove in the other two runs.
**Win boosted Phillies record against lefty starters to 24–21. Against right-handers? You had to ask, 39–74.
**The Phillies have had 14 seasons in which they lost 100 games, but only one (1961) over the past 72 seasons. Five of those seasons came consecutively starting in 1938. Good there was no social media back then.
September 27, 1977: RHP Larry Christenson wins his 18th game and drives in five runs as the Phillies capture their second NL East title, 15–9, over Chicago at Wrigley Field, their 101st win for the second straight year.
September 27, 2003: Phillies beat Atlanta, 7–6, in 10 innings for their final win at Veterans Stadium. Jim Thome hits the last home run and Rheal Cormier is last Phillies pitcher to win a game at Veterans Stadium.
September 27, 2008: The Phillies beat Washington, 4–3, at Citizens Bank Park to wrap up Eastern Division title with one game left.
September 27, 2010: For first time, Phillies win Eastern Division Crown four consecutive years as they beat Nationals, 8–0, in Washington with five games to go.
2017 Minor League Review
Two outfielders, Jiandido Tromp (Reading) and Mark Laird (Clearwater), did not commit an error this season. Tromp, a 23-year-old from Aruba, handled 194 total chances without an error playing left field and right field. Laird, 24, who played college ball at LSU with Aaron Nola, had 226 total chances as a center fielder. He last committed an error July 16, 2016, while playing at Williamsport.