Athletics 3, Phillies 1
Game 154 - Late Friday Night, September 19th in Oakland
Record - 70-84, 5th Place, 19 1/2 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Jon Lester shut down the Phillies offense and the A's won, 3-1.
What It Means: This game was way more important for the A's than the Phillies, and the win allowed the A's to regain the lead in the A.L. Wild Card standings. If the season ended today, here's who I would be rooting for to win it all, in descending order:
Angels, Orioles, Pirates, Royals, A's, Dodgers, Tigers, Cardinals, Giants, Nationals
Like the rest of Millville, I'll be pulling for Mike Trout and the Angels throughout the postseason. That being said, I'd love to see an Orioles-Pirates World Series, and I'd be rooting for the Orioles to avenge their losses in the 1971 and 1979 World Series. I'm also rooting for the Nationals to be swept out of the division series. The management and staff of The Phillies Room are not fans of the Nationals.
What Happened: Ryan Howard's 22nd home run, coming in the fourth inning against Lester, was the only offense mustered by the Phillies in this game.
Featured Card: There was a Nick Punto sighting! Phillies Room favorite Punto entered the game in the ninth as a defensive replacement at second base. Since being traded to the Twins on December 3, 2003 in the Eric Milton deal, Punto has appeared in the postseason with the 2006 and 2009 Twins, the 2011 Cardinals (winning a ring) and the 2013 Dodgers.