Let the Giants watch
With yesterday’s win, the Dodgers returned home with their champagne. They came to Philly with a magic number of four and a chance to celebrate on Citizens Bank Park’s grass and spray bubbly all over the visiting clubhouse. It didn’t happen as the Phillies won the first three games. With a magic number of one, now their spacious Dodger Stadium clubhouse can be their celebration scene. Let the Giants watch.
**Two more doubles yesterday gave the Phillies 273, their most since 290 in 2010. Club record is out of reach, 345 in 1930 when they played a 156-game schedule.
**Rhys Hoskins doubled in two runs in the fifth inning. In 41 games, he has 41 hits and 45 RBI. With runners in scoring position, Hoskins is batting .389 with a .540 on-base percentage and 1.083 slugging percentage in 50 plate appearances.
**Through his first six career major league games, J.P. Crawford was batting .200 with no walks. Since September 12 he is slashing .296/.474/.481 with 10 walks to seven strikeouts in 38 plate appearances.
**Three games in Atlanta starting tonight wrap up the Phillies road games. It’s also the final roadie for radio voice Larry Andersen who is going to reduce his schedule to home games next season.
Florida Instructional League
Hurricane Irma has had an effect on the Florida Instructional League program. Phillies players will report to Carpenter Complex on Monday. Originally the reporting date was September 18. Everything ends October 13 as originally scheduled. Nearly 55 players will be involved with the Phillies.
Check out Ryan Lawrence’s story on Joey Davis, a 14-year Phillies scout who won the Dallas Green Award, presented annually to one of the organization’s amateur or pro scouts. Four of his signees made their MLB debuts this season, Brock Stassi, Andrew Knapp, Drew Anderson and Rhys Hoskins. Scouts are unsung heroes in baseball.
September 22, 1951: Phillies pitcher Karl Drews gets a hit, ending a hitless streak of 77 at-bats dating back to May of 1947.
September 22, 2008: Greg Dobbs sets Phillies record for most pinch hits in a season when he gets his 22nd at Citizens Bank Park in eighth inning against Atlanta as Phillies beat Braves, 6–2.
2017 Minor League Review
Nick Fanti did not surrender a home run over his final 65.0 innings of the season. Ranger Suarez did not allow a home run over 50.1 consecutive innings pitched (parts of nine starts) between May 30 with Lakewood and July 24 with Clearwater. JoJo Romero began his season with 37.2 consecutive homerless innings pitched. Altogether, the trio of left-handers combined to allow only 14 home runs in 372.0 innings pitched (0.34 HR/9.0 IP).