Game 156 - Thursday Night, September 27th in Philadelphia
Record - 78-78, 3rd Place, 17 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies dropped their last home game of the year as the offense (except Darin Ruf) just couldn't get going against Gio Gonzalez and the Nationals.
What It Means: The Phillies are back at .500 with six games to play. If you do the math here, they need to go 4-2 over the final six games to finish the season with a winning record. They closed out the home portion of their 2012 schedule with a 40-41 record, becoming the first Phillies team since 2000 and the first Phillies team ever at Citizens Bank Park, to finish with a losing home record.
The next Phillies loss or Cardinals win will officially eliminate the team from postseason play for the first time since 2006.
What Went Wrong: Tyler Cloyd's audition for 2013 isn't going so well. Cloyd allowed six runs on six hits in his five innings of work. He was victimized by three home runs and his ERA is now a lofty 4.91.
Ruf had a bases-clearing, three-run double in the first and Kevin Frandsen added two hits to raise his average to .335. Everyone not named Ruf or Frandsen went a combined 3 for 26 at the plate.
|2006 Topps Phillies Fan|
Appreciation Day #5
Back in 2006, the Phillies partnered with Topps to produce a special 27-card Fan Appreciation Day giveaway set, which featured several cards of players not found within any of Topps' other releases from the year. I wish Phillies and Topps would do this again. I'm sure it's cheaper for the team to produce 50,000 9-card postcard sets, but I love the idea of having a Phillies/Topps complete team set available only as a stadium give-away.
I know there's only a handful of us out there pining away for the first Phillies cards of Frandsen and Nate Schierholtz, so maybe there's just not that great a demand for a full Phillies/Topps SGA set. If and when I'm ever running the Phillies, I'll be sure to bring back this set as one of my first orders of business.