Monday, October 2, 2017

Pitchers & Catchers Report to Clearwater in 134 Days

2017 Phillies Team
Issue Update #5
Phillies 11Mets 0
Game 162 - Sunday Afternoon, October 1st in Philadelphia
Record - 66-96, 5th place, 31 games behind the Nationals

One Sentence Summary:  In Pete Mackanin's final game as manager, the offense exploded and four Phillies pitchers shut down the Mets in an 11-0 win.

What It Means:  Pitchers and catchers report to Clearwater in about 4 1/2 months.  The Phillies will pick third in the 2018 amateur player draft in June.

What Happened:  Mackanin received a standing ovation prior to the game when he took out the starting line-up to the umpires at home plate.

The Phils scored six in the fourth inning, capped by Maikel Franco's three-run home run (24).  Nick Williams hit an inside-the-park home run (12) in the eighth, scoring the final three runs of the game.  Freddy Galvis pinch-hit in the sixth, making him the first Phillies player since Ryan Howard in 2008 to appear in all 162 games.

Nick Pivetta (8-10), Victor Arano, Hoby Milner and Yacksel Rios held the Mets to two hits.

Featured Card:  Williams capped the long season with a mad dash around the basepaths in the eighth, and he'll be part of the new and improved Phillies line-up in 2018.

Memory Lane - Game 162
Hard to believe, but this is my ninth season of posting daily (or semi-daily) on the Phillies and their trials and tribulations.  I'll be back in 2018 and thank you to everyone who visited, commented and shared your stories of Phillies fandom throughout the season.  I'm looking forward to publishing some postseason game summary posts next year!

October 4, 2009 - Catcher Paul Hoover singled in the winning run in the 10th in a 7-6 win over the Marlins.
October 3, 2010 - The Phillies lost 8-7 to the Braves in their final tune-up before facing the Reds in the N.L.D.S.
September 28, 2011 - The Phillies closed out the 2011 regular season with a 13-inning victory against the Braves, setting a franchise record with their 102nd regular season win.
October 3, 2012 - The Phillies closed out their 2012 season with a lethargic 5-1 loss to the N.L. East Champion Nationals.
September 29, 2013 - Zach Miner got the ball for the Phillies and lasted 2 1/3 innings in a 12-5 loss to the Braves.
September 28, 2014 - Cole Hamels pitched another fine game and suffered through another outing with minimal run support.
October 4, 2015 - Phillies avoid 100 losses and Ichiro makes his pitching debut in a 7-2 victory.
October 2, 2016 - Phillies bid an emotional farewell to franchise icon Ryan Howard.
October 1, 2017 - Phils clobber Mets in Pete Mackanin's final game as manager.

Want to revisit every game of the 2017 season?  My handy game summary index can be found here.


Burnell said...

It's amazing how time flies by these days! Thanks for the posts and all you do!

Steve F. said...

Yes, thanks Jim for all the posts! And that 5-4 record on the last day is a lot better than their home opener record for the past 12 years, all of which I have attended. They are 2-10 in that stretch! (That is slightly mitigated by two wins I attended when the Phils opened in DC in 2010 and Pittsburgh in 2012.)