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Phillies monthly review: September 2014
by Scott Butler 10/2/14

Phillies September Storyline

The Phillies finally closed out a disappointing season, finishing with the identical 73-89 as the previous season. It was the organization's third consecutive season without a winning record, and their first last-place finish in the National League East since 2000, despite a franchise-record $180 million payroll. The team drew 2,423,852 fans, a nearly 20 percent drop from last season and its lowest season total since its final year at Veterans Stadium in 2003, when they drew 2,259,948.

Phillies September Win/Loss Totals

Record: 11-15
Home record: 4-6
Road record: 7-9
Top winning streak: 2
Top losing streak: 3
Series record: 3-5

Began month: 62-74, last place
--1.5 games behind Mets for 4th place
--16 games behind 1st place Nationals

Finished month: 73-89, last place
--4 games behind Marlins for 4th place
--23 games behind 1st place Nationals

Phillies September Totals and NL Rankings

Phillies Team Hitting September Totals 
Average: .228 (13th) 
Runs: 86 (12th) 
Runs/game: 3.31 (14th) 
HR: 13 (13th) 
BB: 56  (14th) 
SO: 210 (4th most) 
OBP: .281 (13th) 
SLG: .334 (13th) 
OPS .615 (14th)

Phillies Team Pitching September Totals
ERA: 3.22 (10th) 
ER: 82
IP: 229.1

Phillies Starting Pitching September Totals
ERA: 3.27 (4th) 
ER: 59  
IP: 162.1

Phillies Relief Pitching September Totals
ERA: 3.09 (5th) 
ER: 23
IP: 67.0

Phillies Season Totals and NL Ranks through September

Phillies Team Hitting through September
Average: .242 (10th) 
Runs: 619 (T-9th) 
Runs/game: 3.82 (T-9th) 
HR: 125 (7th) 
BB: 443  (8th) 
SO: 1,306 (4th most) 
OBP: .302 (11th) 
SLG: .363 (13th) 
OPS .665 (T-12th)

Phillies Team Pitching through September
ERA: 3.79 (12th) 
ER: 619
IP: 1,468.1

Phillies Starting Pitching through September
ERA: 3.88 (11th) 
ER: 437  
IP: 1013.1

Phillies Relief Pitching through September
ERA: 3.64 (11th) 
ER: 184
IP: 455.0

Phillies September Win/Loss Chart

Phillies Win/Loss Chart September 2014

Phillies September Event Recap

@ Atlanta Braves September 1-3
(Phillies win series 2-1)

The Braves series began in historic fashion, with Hamels, Giles, Diekman, and Papelbon tossing the first combined no-hitter in franchise history. The quality pitching continued the following night as Kendrick threw 7 scoreless innings in Maikel Franco’s major league debut.  The Phils had a chance for a sweep, but Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez allowed go-ahead runs in the 5th and 6th in his debut in a 7-4 loss.

@ Washington Nationals September 5-7
(Phillies win series 2-1)

The Nats had a 7-4 lead entering the ninth to begin the series, but Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run homer and with two outs, two strikes, and the bases empty, Ben Revere hit his second homer of the season to tie it up, with the Phillies eventually winning in the 11th. AJ Burnett followed the win with a strong 7 innings of one run ball in a 3-1 win. The Phils were unable to complete the sweep with Hamels on the mound and a run in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie was enough in a 3-2 loss.

Pittsburgh Pirates  September 8-11
(Phillies lose series 1-3)

The Pirates blew open a close game in the opener to take a 6-1 lead and the Phils’ comeback bid fell just short. The Phils tied up the series the next night and Galvis went 3-for-3 with a homer in a 4-3 victory. Vance Worley returned in game three and outdueled Jerome Williams in a 3-2 loss highlighted by an inside-the-park homer from Andrew McCutchen. The Pirates closed out the series by allowing just one run in the game and won three of four from the Phils.

Miami Marlins September 12-14
(Phillies win series 2-1)

Cody Asche was the hero, hitting a walk-off two-run homer in the 11th as the Phils welcomed the Marlins.  Kyle Kendrick, in his possible last start at Citizens Bank Park surrendered just one run in 6 1/3 innings in a 2-1 win the following night. The Phils came close to a sweep, taking a 4-1 lead into the ninth, but Papelbon surrendered four runs and grabbed his crotch as he left the field in an eventual loss.

@ San Diego Padres  September 15-18
(Phillies lose series 1-3)

The Phillies traveled to San Diego and did not bring their bats with them in the opener, as Jerome Williams took the loss despite only allowing one unearned run.  Burnett earned his 17th loss the following night in a 5-4 game. Hamels allowed just one run in seven innings in game three of four, dropping his ERA to 2.47. Kendrick and the bullpen struggled in the finale as the Phils lost the game 7-3 and lost three of four in the series.

@ Oakland Athletics September 19-21
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

The Phillies encountered an A’s team in a playoff push and they were only able to muster one run in the first game in a 3-1 loss. In game two, Williams beat the A's for the 3rd time with his 3rd team, Galvis hit a late 2-run homer, and Giles recorded his first save in a 3-0 win.  The Phillies rallied three times in the final game, but Gonzalez allowed a walk-off homer in 10th.

@ Miami Marlins September 23-25
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

In their last road series of the season, Hamels suffered another loss despite allowing just 2 runs in 7 innings in a the 15th shutout loss this season. Kendrick, in what was likely his last start with the Phillies, went out in style, allowing 1 run in 7 innings and going 3-for-3 at the plate in a 2-1 win. The Phillies had the lead in the finale, but Diekman allowed 4 runs in the seventh in the loss.

Atlanta Braves  September 26-28
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

The final series began with a late victory, as the Phils rallied for 3 runs to tie game in the 6th and took the lead on a Byrd groundout in the 7th inning in a 5-4 win. Burnett finished his season with MLB highs in losses, walks, and runs in a 4-2 loss. Hamels allowed 2 runs in 8 innings in the final game of the season, but took the loss to finish 9-9.

Phillies September News and Notes

Sep 1 - Hamels, Diekman, Giles, and Papelbon threw the first combined no-hitter and 12th no-hitter in franchise history.
Sep 2 - Maikel Franco makes major league debut.
Sep 3 - Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez makes major league debut.
Sep 5 - Down to last strike, Ben Revere hit second homer of the season to tie the Nats in an eventual win.
Sep 14 - Jonathan Papelbon suspended 7 games after grabbing his crotch as he left the field.
Sep 20 - Jerome Williams sets major league record by beating the A's for the third time in 2014 with his third team.
Sep 20 - Ken Giles records his first major league save.
Sep 27 - Burnett finished his season with MLB highs in losses, walks, and runs in a 4-2 loss.

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