Phillies month in review: August 2013
by Scott Butler 9/2/13

Phillies August Storyline

August was a tumultous month for the Phillies. The Phils losing ways from July spilled into August as the Phillies lost 13 of 14 games and fell to as low as 16 games below .500. They then watched Charlie Manuel get fired and replaced with Ryne Sandberg.

Phillies August Win/Loss Totals

Record: 12-17
Home record: 8-9
Road record: 4-8
Top winning streak: 3
Top losing streak: 4
Series record: 3-4-2
Began month: 50-57, 3rd place
-- 12.5 games behind first place Braves and 1.5 games behind 2nd place Nationals
Finished month: 62-74 – 4th place
--21.5 games behind 1st place Braves & 1 game behind 3rd place Mets

Phillies August Totals and NL Rankings

Phillies Team Hitting August Totals
Average: .218 (last)
Runs: 109 (8th)
Runs/game: 3.76 (11th)
HR: 29 (T-2nd)
BB: 77 (12th)
SO: 221 (T-5th)
OBP: .282 (last)
SLG: .366 (11th)
OPS .648 (14th)

Phillies Team Pitching August Totals
ERA: 4.28 (14th)
ER: 126
IP: 265.0

Phillies Starting Pitching August Totals
ERA: 4.60 (13th)
ER: 84
IP: 164.1
Phillies Relief Pitching August Totals
ERA: 3.75 (9th)
ER: 42
IP: 100.2

Phillies Season Totals and NL Ranks through August

Phillies Team Hitting Totals through August
Average: .246 (12th)
Runs: 517 (13th)
Runs/game: 3.95 (10th)
HR: 128 (8th)
BB: 343 (14th)
SO: 1,014 (T-8th most)
OBP: .303 (14th)
SLG: .388 (11th)
OPS: .690 (13th)

Phillies Team Pitching through August
ERA: 4.28 (last)
ER: 580
IP: 1,220.0

Phillies Starting Pitching through August
ERA: 4.30 (11th)
ER: 397
IP: 830.2

Phillies Relief Pitching through August
ERA: 4.30 (last)
ER: 186
IP: 389.1

Phillies August Win/Loss Chart

Phillies August 2013 Win/Loss Chart

Phillies August Event Recap

San Francisco Giants - July 30 -August 1
The Phillies finally ended an 8-game losing streak with a win against the Giants in the first game of the series, but went right back to their losing ways with a loss the following night in which Kendrick got torched for 7 runs in 2+ innings. In the series finale, Papelbon blew a save and the Phils failed to tie in the bottom on ninth despite having the bases loaded and no outs.

Atlanta Braves  August 2-4  
The Braves came to Philadelphia and swept the Phillies in three forgetable games, including a 12-inning loss in game two of the series.

Chicago Cubs  August 6-8
After five straight series losses, the Phils finally won a series against the Cubs. The Phillies allowed three runs in the 9th in the opener and hung on for a 9-8 win. They were tied in the ninth the following night before De Fratus allowed a three run home in a loss. In the finale, after announcing Utley's contract extension, the Phillies routed the Cubs 12-1 for Ethan Martin's first career win.

@ Washington Nationals  August 9-11
The Phillies followed a series win against Chicago by getting swept for the first time ever in Washington in a series which included the Phillies blowing a 4-0 lead in the middle game of the series.

@ Atlanta Braves  August 12-14
The Phillies began the Atlanta series on a high note, handing Charlie Manuel his 1,000th win in the opener, but lost the final two games for another series loss.

Los Angeles Dodgers  August 16-18
The Phillies held a press conference prior to the first game of the Dodgers series to announce Charlie Manuel had been fired and replaced with Ryne Sandberg. The team responded by getting shutout in Sandberg's first two games before finally scoring a run and giving him his first managerial win thanks to a walk-off error by Hanley Ramirez to finish the series.

Colorado Rockies  August 19-22
For the first time in a long time, the Phillies were actually worth watching. After splitting the first two games of a four-game series, the Phils had two straight walk-off wins. Down by one in the ninth in the first game, Carlos Ruiz hit a game-tying double and Michael Young hit a walk-off single. The Phillies were down 4-1 in the final game in the eighth inning when Darin Ruf hit a two-run homer to put the Phillies withing one. With two outs and nobody on in the ninth, Rollins hit a double, stole third, and scored on a Brown walk-off single.

Arizona Diamondbacks  August 23-25
The red hot Phils started the D-Backs series with another walk-off win, this one thanks to a walk-off walk with the bases loaded by Chase Utley. Looking for their fourth straight walk-off win, it took the D-backs 18 innings and over 7 hours to finally hand the Phillies a loss in a historically long and record setting game. Having already used scheduled pitcher Tyler Cloyd in the marathon game, the Phils brought back Roy Halladay the following day, who pitched six innings in a 9-5 win.

@ New York Mets August 26-29
The Phillies split the four-game series against the Mets in New York with wins behind Lee and Hamels and losses from Kendrick and Martin.

@ Chicago Cubs August 30 - September 1
The Phllies 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.

Phillies August Highlights

August 2 - Ethan Martin makes debut on Schilling Wall of Fame night.
August 8 - Phillies extend Utley's contract and Ethan Martin gets first win in 12-1 victory.
August 12 - Charlie Manuel wins his 1000th major league game.
August 16 - Charlie Manuel fired before game and Ryne Sandberg takes over.
August 18 - Sandberg gets first win with walk-off error by Hanley Ramirez.
August 21 - Down by 1 in 9th, Ruiz ties game with RBI double and Michael Young hits walk-off single.
August 22 - Down 4-1 in 8th, Ruf hits two-run homer & in 9th Rollins hits two out double, steals third, and scores on Brown walk-off single
August 23 - Tied in ninth, Phils load bases and Utley walks for 3rd straight walk-off win.
August 24 - The Phils lose in 18 innings and pitch two position players in the longest MLB game since 1989.
August 25 - Halladay returns and pitches 6 innings in win.


Interesting Phillies notes

-The Phillies were swept by the Nationals for the first time ever in Washington.
-Darin Ruf's 9 home runs in August leads the National League.
-The Phillies were shutout in Ryne Sandberg's first two games as manager and didn't score until the 4th inning of his third game, going 21 straight innings without scoring a run.
-Phils earn three straight walkoff victories from Aug 21-23.
-The Phillies 18-inning loss had a ton of interesting notes.
-Darin Ruf reached base safely in 33 straight games in a streak that ended after the August 7 game.
-Brad Lidge officially retires as a Philly in a ceremony on August 1.
-August 2 - Phillies add Curt Schilling to the Wall of Fame
August 2 - Jimmy Rollins ejected for the second time in his career and the first in nearly nine years since August 23, 2004.

Phillies Transactions & Injuries

August 2 - Ethan Martin makes Major League debut on Curt Schilling Wall of Fame night.
August 2 - Phillies place Jonathan Pettibone with a strained right shoulder and Zach Miner recalled from Lehigh Valley.
August 5 - Antonio Bastardo suspended for 50 games for PED use.
August 6 - Domonic Brown activated from DL due to a concussion and Laynce Nix is designated for assignment.
August 8 - Phillies announce contract extension for Chase Utley.
August 8 - Phillies claimed outfielder Casper Wells off waivers from the White Sox.
August 9 - Phillies designate Delmon Young for assignment.
August 9 - Phillies sign 16-year old Dominican prospect.
August 12 - Nix officially released by Phillies.
August 14 - Delmon Young officially released by Phillies.
August 16 - Charlie Manuel fired and replaced by Ryne Sandberg prior to game.
August 20 - John Lannan
August 21 - Phillies acquire Roger Bernadina.
August 25 - Roy Halladay starts first game since injury in an emergency start after 18-inning game.
August 26 - Casper Wells placed on DL due to vision issues.
August 30 - The Phillies announce signing of 26-year-old Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a three-year, $12 million contract.
August 31 - Phillies trade Michael Young to the Dodgers for for Minor League left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen and trade John McDonald to the Red Sox for right-handed pitcher Nefi Ogando.

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