Phillies 9, Indians 4
Game 153 - Saturday Night, September 21st in Cleveland
Record - 79-74, 4th place, 15 1/2 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Home runs from Bryce Harper and Jay Bruce along with a pair of home runs from Brad Miller led to this 9-4 win over the Indians.
What It Means: I was in Phoenix for a work conference for most of this past week, and as I'm writing this (on Thursday) this is the last game the Phillies have won. They've since been eliminated from the postseason and dropped five in a row to fall to .500 on the season.
What Happened: Jason Vargas had a decent outing, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits while striking out eight. Harper had a four-RBI game with his three-run home run (33) in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Featured Card: Brad Miller has been pushed into starting duties at the end of this season, and he's done fairly well with the bat. In September, and through Wednesday night's game against the Nationals, he's hitting .273 (12 for 44) with two doubles, six home runs and eight RBIs. To date, this is his only Phillies baseball card, released in limited quantities in the Topps Total set, available only for purchase online. And is that departed hitting coach John Mallee making a blurry cameo appearance in the background?