Thursday, October 6, 2022

Game 162 - Regular Season Ends, Postseason Begins

2021 Choice Richmond
Flying Squirrels #21
Astros 3
, Phillies 2
Game 162 - Wednesday Afternoon, October 5th in Houston
Record - 87-75, 3rd Place, 14 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies dropped their final regular season game of the 2022 season, flying to St. Louis following this loss to prolong their season for hopefully a few more weeks.

What It Means:  This concludes my 14th full year of chronicling the daily trials and tribulations of the Phillies team, an enjoyable hobby I first started in 1984 when I clipped box scores from The Atlantic City Press each morning and added them to my Phillies scrap book.  I'm not winning any journalism awards, I'm not breaking any news, and my audience is limited to the tens of you who might read these things everyday.  But I'm having fun, and as long as I continue having fun doing this, and as long as I'm able, I'll keep going.  Thanks for following along again in 2022!

What Happened:  This was a game neither playoff-bound team seemed particularly interested in playing.  Bailey Falter started for the Phillies and pitched a scoreless inning.  Michael Plassmeyer then came in for the Phillies as the designated innings-eater, and did just that.  He went six innings, allowing three runs on nine hits while striking out six.  The Phillies were kept off the scoreboard until the eighth when Brandon Marsh doubled home Dalton Guthrie, and then Rhys Hoskins added a sacrifice fly.

The first hit of that modest rally was from Nick Maton, who lined a single off his older brother Phil Maton, in the first time the two siblings had ever faced each other.

Featured Card:  Plassmeyer's baseball card appearances are rare, and according to the TCDB, he's only appeared on three minor league cards from his days as a Rays and Giants prospect.  (And his first card doesn't even actually feature him.)  The Phillies acquired Plassmeyer from the Giants in June for catcher Austin Wynns.

Transaction:  Plassmeyer (lhp) was recalled and Chris Devenski (rhp) was optioned to the IronPigs.

Memory Lane - Game 162
  1. October 4, 2009 - Catcher Paul Hoover singled in the winning run in the 10th in a 7-6 win over the Marlins.
  2. October 3, 2010 - The Phillies lost 8-7 to the Braves in their final tune-up before facing the Reds in the NLDS.
  3. 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.
  4. October 3, 2012 - The Phillies closed out their 2012 season with a lethargic 5-1 loss to the N.L. East Champion Nationals.
  5. 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.
  6. September 28, 2014 - Cole Hamels pitched another fine game and suffered through another outing with minimal run support.
  7. October 4, 2015 - Phillies avoid 100 losses and Ichiro makes his pitching debut in a 7-2 victory.
  8. October 2, 2016 - Phillies bid an emotional farewell to franchise icon Ryan Howard.
  9. October 1, 2017 - Phils clobber Mets in Pete Mackanin's final game as manager.
  10. September 30, 2018 - Lame duck Phillies win season finale in Gabe Kapler's frustrating debut season.
  11. September 29, 2019 - Phillies miss postseason for 8th year in a row, Brad Miller finishes the season red hot.
  12. September 27, 2020 - Shortened 60-game season ends with Phillies swept out by the Rays.
  13. October 3, 2021 - Hector Neris sets Phils' reliever strikeout record in the 10th straight season without postseason baseball.
  14. October 5, 2022 - Michael Plassmeyer eats innings, Maton vs. Maton in final game before Wild Card series.

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