Monday, September 3, 2012

Phillies at Reds: September 3rd to September 5th

Great American Ball Park - Cincinnati, OH
Monday 1:10, Tuesday 7:10, Wednesday 12:35

Phillies 64-70, Tied for 3rd Place in the N.L. East, 17 1/2 games behind the Nationals
Reds 82-53, 1st Place in the N.L. Centeral, 9 1/2 games ahead of the Cardinals

Phillies Probables:  Tyler Cloyd (0-1, 4.50), Kyle Kendrick (8-9, 4.01), Roy Halladay (8-7, 4.02)
Reds Probables:  Cueto (17-6, 2.48), Mat Latos (11-4, 3.79), Mike Leake (7-8, 4.45)

At the Ballpark:  There are no give-aways scheduled while the Phillies are visiting Cincinnati, although two afternoon ballgames in three days is pretty exciting in and of itself.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Jimmy Rollins - .248^
Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 79
Home Runs:  Jimmy Rollins - 16*
RBIs:  Carlos Ruiz - 58*
Stolen Bases:  Juan Pierre - 32

Wins:  Cole Hamels - 14
ERA:  Cole Hamels - 3.04
Strikeouts:  Cole Hamels - 178
Saves:  Jonathan Papelbon - 31

^Hunter Pence, now with the Giants (.271) and Shane Victorino, now with the Dodgers (.261) have the overall team lead among players with enough qualifying plate appearances.
*Hunter Pence has the overall lead with 17 home runs and 59 RBIs.

1979 Topps #271, #20, #126 and #301
1979 Topps Flashback:  It's another smorgasbord of ex- and future-Phillies for today's flashback as the Phils and Reds match up for the second and final time of 2012.

Rawley Eastwick and Joe Morgan were both members of the Big Red Machine, winning the World Championship in 1975 and 1976.  Eastwick came to the Phillies in June 1978 when the Phillies shipped Jay Johnstone to the Yankees.  In a year and a half with the Phils, Eastwick appeared in 73 games out of the bullpen, pitching to a 4.61 ERA.  He was released by the Phillies just prior to the 1980 season.

Morgan was the N.L. MVP in '75 and '76.  He joined his former Reds teammates Pete Rose and Tony Perez on the Phillies in 1983, where he helped the Phillies advance to the postseason.  He had an awful N.L.C.S. against the Dodgers (1 for 17, .067), but a decent World Series against the Orioles (5 for 19, .263).

Doug Bair and Tom Hume spent time in Philly at the end of their careers.  Bair appeared in 11 games for the 1987 club, going 2-0 with a 5.93 ERA.  Hume appeared in 86 games with the Phils in 1986 and 1987.  He was one of the team's most effective relievers in 1986, tallying a 4-1 record with four saves and a 2.77 ERA in 94 1/3 innings.

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