Tuesday, August 25, 2015

1979 Burger King Phillies #8 Randy Lerch

Mets 16, Phillies 7
Game 125 - Monday Night, August 24th in Philadelphia
Record - 50-75, Tied for 4th Place, 18 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies suffered a complete and total beat down from the Mets in a game that featured 11 home runs.

What It Means:  As Jayson Stark points out in this Tweet, the Phillies have scored 13 runs in two games against Zack Greinke and Jacob deGrom since the All-Star break . . . and they've lost both games.

What Happened:  Home runs from Ryan Howard (3-run home run in first), Cameron Rupp (solo bomb in the second) and Dominic Brown (3-run home run in the third) were all for naught.  The pitching quartet of Adam Morgan, Hector Neris, Justin De Fratus and Adam Loewen combined to allow 16 earned runs on 20 hits, 15 of which went for extra bases.

Featured Card:  The 11 total home runs in this game tied a National League record set by the Phillies (6) and Cubs (5) back on May 17, 1979 in a crazy 23-22, 10-inning game at Wrigley Field.  Randy Lerch started that game for the Phillies, pitching just a third of an inning and giving up five Cubs runs including a three-run home run to Dave Kingman.


Eric C. Loy said...

Lerch homered in the first inning in that game, rare that the starting pitcher does that.

Much more rare, in the bottom of the first, Donnie Moore, the Cubs relief pitcher, triples. When the relief pitcher triples in the first inning...that is a game.

Jim said...

I have audio of this game saved somewhere and it's amazing to listen to the Phillies broadcasters since they were clearly stunned by the events of this game!