Bullpen nearly perfect; Kershaw on Monday night

Ben Lively gave up two runs on two hits in the first inning but didn’t return following a rain delay of 1 hour, 46 minutes after three innings. A parade of Phillies relievers followed, Yacksel Rios, Victor Arano, Hoby Milner, Edubray Ramos, Luis Garcia and Hector Neris. Arano picked up his first big league win in the 5–3 decision over Oakland.

The first five were nearly perfect, one base runner (walk) and six strikeouts over six scoreless innings. Neris pitched the ninth and gave up a run on a homer in picking up his 15th consecutive save. Since August 27, the bullpen has a 2.04 ERA, 70 strikeouts in 70.2 innings. Milner extended his scoreless streak to 20 appearances, longest since 35 by J.C. Romero 10 years ago.

Jorge Alfaro broke a 2–2 tie with a two-run homer into the center field hedges in the sixth inning, his second dinger in two games. J.P. Crawford also drove in two runs.

Kershaw on Tap 
Following the A’s is another California team, the NL West first-place Los Angeles Dodgers will be in Philly. First of four games is Monday night.

Ace Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to start Monday night. Because of injuries and the fact the Phils-Dodgers meet only twice a season, Kerhsaw has only started 11 games against the Phillies in his 10-year career.

Vs. Phillies: 3–4, 2.92 ERA . . . Began 0–4 with four no decisions in his first eight starts . . . On a 3–0 streak that includes 27 consecutive scoreless innings . . . Last run allowed, 4th inning, 7/18/12 . . . Last start, 7/8/15 . . . Last loss, 9/1/10 at LA.

At Citizens Bank Park: 2–2, 3.68 for 6 starts . . . Last start: 5/23/14, W, 2–0 . . . Last run allowed, 6/4/12, 3rd inning, 18 scoreless innings since . . . Last loss, 5/12/09, 5–3, 4 runs in 5 innings.

Monday Awards 
Minor League Step Up Community Service Awards will be presented pre-game on the field by Joe Jordan, Director, Player Development.

One player each from five Phillies affiliates will be recognized for their community service hours: Lehigh Valley (RHR Michael Mariot), Reading (LHS Cole Irvin), Clearwater (RHR Luke Leftwich), Lakewood (RHR Will Hibbs) and Williamsport (LHS Kyle Young). Irvin is the overall winner with 24 total hours of community service.

This Date 
September 17, 2001: Baseball returns after the September 11 terrorist attacks. 3B Scott Rolen rips two home runs to lead the Phillies past Atlanta, 5–2. Rolen becomes just the fifth player to hit two home runs in a game off RHP Greg Maddux.

September 17, 2011: Phillies beat St. Louis Cardinals, 9–2, at Citizens Bank Park and wrap up Eastern Division championship for fifth straight year, their 11th Eastern Division championship overall.

2017 Miinor League Review 
2B Scott Kingery finished his season with 26 home runs and 29 stolen bases, first middle infielder in the minors in 30 years with 25-plus homers and steals . . . Hit safely in 23 consecutive games from August 2–25, a Lehigh Valley franchise record, the longest streak in the International league in 2017, and tied for fifth-longest in the minors . . .Began the season in Reading (AA), where he hit 18 home runs in 287 at-bats. No other Eastern League player with as few at-bats in 2017 had as many home runs . . . After being promoted to Lehigh Valley (AAA), he hit safely in 55 of his 63 games and reached base safely in 58 of those 63.

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