The Phillies mercifully finished their first losing season since 2002 and the worst record since 2000. The month started well and an 8-3 stretch put them at 9 games under .500 and 18-13 under Sandberg. The Phils ran out of steam, though, and limped to the off season winning just one of their last five games and 2 of their last 11.
Home record: 8-7
Road record: 3-8
Top winning streak: 5
Top losing streak: 5
Series record: 3-5
Began month: 62-74 – 4th place
--21.5 games behind 1st place Braves & 1 game behind 3rd place Mets
Finished month: 73-89 – 4th place
--23 games behind 1st place Braves & 1 game behind 3rd place Mets
Phillies Team Hitting September Totals
Average: .258 (5th)
Runs: 94 (12th)
Runs/game: 3.62 (12th)
HR: 13 (last)
BB: 78 (10th)
SO: 198 (8th most)
OBP: .323 (6th)
SLG: .355 (12th)
OPS .677 (11th)
Phillies Team Pitching September Totals
ERA: 4.65 (14th)
Phillies Starting Pitching September Totals
ERA: 5.19 (14th)
Phillies Relief Pitching September Totals
ERA: 3.81 (11th)
Phillies Team Hitting Totals through September
Average: .248 (10th)
Runs: 610 (13th)
Runs/game: 3.77 (13th)
HR: 140 (9th)
BB: 417 (14th)
SO: 1,205 (8th most)
OBP: .306 (T-12th)
SLG: .384 (11th)
OPS: .690 (12th)
Phillies Team Pitching through September
ERA: 4.32 (14th)
Phillies Starting Pitching through September
ERA: 4.41 (14th)
Phillies Relief Pitching through September
ERA: 4.19 (14th)
@ Chicago Cubs August 30 - September 1
The Phillies concluded the month of August with their first series loss since the middle of the month. They came back from a 5-0 deficit in the first game and Michael Young's two-out single in top of ninth gave the Phillies the win. They followed that win with two losses to finish the series.
Washington Nationals September 2-4
The Phillies started out the series well, winning the first game thanks to a two-run game winning single by Carlos Ruiz in the eighth inning. They dropped the final two games in starts by Ethan Martin and Roy Halladay.
Atlanta Braves September 6-8
The Phillies rebounded from two series losses with three late-game victories and a home sweep of the Atlanta Braves. They were down 1-0 with two outs in 7th before Asche's two-run homer on the team's 4th hit gave them the win. After Papelbon blew a 5-3 lead in the ninth in the middle game, Freddy Galvis bailed him out with a walk-off homer off none other than Freddy Garcia. Tied at 2 in the finale, Darin Ruf hit a solo homer in the eighth and BJ Rosenberg earned his first career save to sweep out the Braves.
San Diego Padres September 10-12
The Padres came into town to complete the 9-game home stand and the Phils won two of three. Cloyd got torched for 7 runs in 4 innings to start the series, but 8 strong innings by Cliff Lee evened up the series. The Phils jumped on top in the finale with 6 runs in the first inning in a 10-5 win in which Halladay struggled.
@ Washington Nationals September 13-15
The Phils went back on the road to face a surging Nats team trying to fight back into the Wild Card race. Hamels' victory in the second game was sandwiched around poor efforts by Kendrick and Cloyd and they lost two of three.
Miami Marlins September 16-18
The Marlins came to town to begin the last home stand of the series and nearly started it with a sweep. Cliff Lee had a ridiculous game to start the series, striking out 14 and allowing 2 runs in 8 innings. But his most damage was done at the plate, where he knocked in a career high 4 runs. Chase Utley was the star in the second game, hitting a three-run homer for the second straight game and knocking in 4 runs. They lost the final game in 10 innings when Cesar Jimenez allowed a solo home run. Utley knocked in two runs, giving him 10 RBI in the series.
New York Mets September 20-22
The Mets ruined the final home series and started a five game Phillies losing streak. Their loss in the first game guaranteed the first losing season since 2002. The Phils lost the following night in a game that was called in the seventh due to rain. The Phillies couldn't win behind another solid effort by Cliff Lee in the final game in a sweep by the Mets. The highlight of the series was the announcement that Ryne Sandberg was the official manager and given a three year contract.
@ Miami Marlins September 23-25
If a sweep by the Mets wasn't bad enough, losing a series to the Marlins sure was. The Phillies scored a total of 4 runs in the series and suffered their 14th shutout of the season. Halladay left after facing just 3 batters, recording one out, and throwing 16 pitches in the first game due to right arm fatigue. The Phils also were unable to get Hamels his 100th career victory despite another gem to finish the series.
@ Atlanta Braves September 26-29
The Phillies faced a Braves team with home field advantage in the playoffs on the line in a four game series. Their poor hitting continued in the first two games, scoring one run and 5 runs in the 5 games on the road trip. They also wasted Lee's 1 run allowed in eight innings. They finally won in the third game despite Papelbon's three runs allowed in the ninth inning with a four run lead thanks to a brilliant play by Rollins. They finished the season with
September 2 - Down 2-1 in 8th, Ruiz hits two-run game-winning single.
September 6 - Down 1-0 with two outs in 7th, Asche hits two-run homer on team's 4th hit in win.
September 7 - Papelbon blows 5-3 lead in 9th, but Galvis hits walk-off solo homer off Freddy Garcia.
September 8 - Ruf's solo blast in 8th put Phils up 3-2 and Rosenberg earned 1st MLB save in sweep of Braves.
September 16 - Lee knocks in 4 runs, strikes out 14, and allows 2 runs in 8 innings in 12-2 route.
September 9 - Cameron Rupp makes major league debut.
September 20 - Loss guarantees first losing season since 2002.
September 22 - Sandberg given official contract prior to game.
September 23 - Halladay leaves game after facing just 3 batters, recording one out, and throwing 16 pitches
September 28 - Papelbon allows three runs in ninth but Rollins amazing play secures win.
Phillies finish with 20-21 record under Ryne Sandberg.
September 6 - Ethan Martin moved from the rotation to the bullpen.
September 20 - Phillies activate Mike Stutes from the 60-day DL.
September 20 - Kendrick shut down due to shoulder issues.
September 23 - Phillies shut down Halladay due to right arm fatigue
September 27 - Casper Wells returns from DL after his second LASIK surgery.
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