Friday, September 18, 2015

Phillies at Braves: September 18th to September 20th

Friday 7:35, Saturday 7:10 and Sunday 1:35
Turner Field - Atlanta, GA

Phillies 56-91, 5th Place in the N.L. East, 27 1/2 games behind the Mets
Braves 57-90, 4th Place in the N.L. East, 26 1/2 games behind the Mets

Phillies Probables:  Adam Morgan (5-6, 4.60), Jared Eickhoff (1-3, 3.90), Aaron Nola (6-2, 4.11)
Braves Probables:  Williams Perez (5-6, 5.36), Ryan Weber (0-1, 4.38), Julio Teheran (10-7, 4.34)

At the Ballpark:  It's Zombie Night at Turner Field tonight, which is honestly not a commentary on the teams playing but an actual promotion.  Sunday is a Bark in the Park day and there will be a pre-game autograph session with Gene Garber, Charlie Leibrandt and Wes Helms in the Braves Fan Plaza.

Phillies Leaders
Average:  Odubel Herrera - .296+
Runs:  Odubel Herrera - 59
Home Runs:  Ryan Howard - 23
RBIs:  Ryan Howard - 77
Stolen Bases:  Cesar Hernandez - 19+

Wins:  Ken Giles and Aaron Nola - 6*
ERA:  Aaron Harang - 5.04
Strikeouts:  Aaron Harang - 101*
Saves:  Ken Giles - 13^

Braves Leaders
Average:  Nick Markakis - .296
Runs:  Nick Markakis - 65
Home Runs:  Freddie Freeman - 16
RBIs:  Freddie Freeman - 56
Stolen Bases:  Cameron Maybin - 21

Wins:  Julio Teheran - 10
ERA:  Shelby Miller - 3.00
Strikeouts:  Shelby Miller - 159
Saves:  Jason Grilli - 24

1985 Topps #129
+Ben Revere, now with the Blue Jays, is the overall team leader with a .298 average and 24 stolen bases.
*Cole Hamels, now with the Rangers, is the overall team leader with 6 wins (tied) and 137 strikeouts.
^Jonathan Papelbon, now with the Nationals, is the overall team leader with 17 saves.

1985 Topps Appreciation:  Perhaps the autograph seekers heading to the Alumni Sunday autograph signing will choose to have Garber's 1985 Topps card signed.  Garber was a successful closer for the Phillies during his time with the club from 1974 to 1978, but he found his greatest career success during his ten seasons with the Braves.

In need of a starting pitcher in 1978, and with a glut of bullpen arms, the Phillies dealt Garber to the Braves on June 15th of that year for starting pitcher Dick Ruthven. Garber relinquished his Braves closer role in 1985 to the newly acquired Bruce Sutter.

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