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Phillies monthly review: August 2014
by Scott Butler 9/1/14

Phillies August Storyline

After a disappointing lack of action at the trading deadline and waiver deadline, the Phillies maintained essentially the same team to begin and end the month of August, with only Robert Hernandez and John Mayberry getting traded. On the bright side, the Phillies had their first winning month of the season.

Phillies August Win/Loss Totals

Record: 14-13
Home record: 11-5
Road record: 3-8
Top winning streak: 4
Top losing streak: 3
Series record: 4-4-1

Began month: 48-61
--4.5 games behind Mets for 4th place
--11.5 games behind 1st place Nationals

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

Phillies August Totals and NL Rankings

Phillies Team Hitting August Totals 
Average: .251 (8th) 
Runs: 107 (7th) 
Runs/game: 3.96 (7th) 
HR: 23 (T-5th) 
BB: 73  (T-8th) 
SO: 212 (8th most) 
OBP: .312 (10th) 
SLG: .375 (9th) 
OPS .683 (9th)

Phillies Team Pitching August Totals
ERA: 3.26 (5th) 
ER: 87
IP: 239.0

Phillies Starting Pitching August Totals
ERA: 3.76 (10th) 
ER: 70 
IP: 167.1

Phillies Relief Pitching August Totals
ERA: 2.60 (3rd) 
ER: 23
IP: 79.2

Phillies Season Totals and NL Ranks through August

Phillies Team Hitting through August
Average: .245 (11th) 
Runs: 533 (8th) 
Runs/game: 3.92 (8th) 
HR: 112 (7th) 
BB: 387  (8th) 
SO: 1,096 (4th most) 
OBP: .306 (10th) 
SLG: .369 (12th) 
OPS .675 (12th)

Phillies Team Pitching through August
ERA: 3.90 (13th) 
ER: 537
IP: 1,190

Phillies Starting Pitching through August
ERA: 4.00 (12th) 
ER: 378  
IP: 851.0

Phillies Relief Pitching through August
ERA: 3.73 (11th) 
ER: 161
IP: 388.0

Phillies August Win/Loss Chart

Phillies Win/Loss Chart August 2014

Phillies August Event Recap

@ Washington Nationals August 1-3
(Phillies tie series 2-2)

After losing the first game of the series (and Cliff Lee) to finish July, Roberto Hernandez brightened the mood by allowing just 1 run in 8 innings in a 2-1 win. It was all Nats the following night, scoring 5 runs off Burnett, who was ejected in the 2nd in an 11-0 route. Hamels allowed 1 run (0 earned) in 7 innings in the finale, but the Phils were blanked by Strasburg.

Houston Astros August 5-7
(Phillies sweep series 3-0)

The Phils took care of business against the lowly Astros. Howard's walk-off single in the 15th gave the Phillies a win in the first game followed by a 10-3 trouncing in game two. In the final game, down by three in the 8th, Howard delivered a grand slam as the Phillies completed the sweep.

New York Mets  August 8-11
(Phillies lose series 1-3)

The Mets came to town for 4 games and once again took the series. The Phils scored three runs in the 9th to open the series but fell one run short. Hamels was dominant the following night with 1 run allowed in 7 innings, but the Phils eventually lost in the 11th. Game three featured a nice comeback, with Byrd tying the game in the 9th and Howard hitting a walk-off single. The Phillies finished the series with a 5-3 loss, blowing a 2-1 lead when De Fratus allowed 4 in the 7th.

@ Anaheim Angels August 12-13
(Phillies swept in two game series 0-2)

The quick two-game series with the Angels appeared promising with Jerome Williams leaving the game in the sixth with a 2-1 lead in the first game, but Bastardo allowed 6 runs to score in a 7-2 loss. The Phils blew another 2-1 lead the following night in a 4-3 loss.

@ San Francisco Giants  August 15-17
(Phillies lose series 1-2)

The Phillies traveled north to San Francisco and took game one thanks to a game tying homer by Asche in the 8th and winning in the 10th on an Utley hit-by-pitch. A dropped popup between Howard and Utley the next night led to 4 runs as the Phils blew a 5-1 lead with Bastardo allowing the winning run in the 8th. The Phillies were unable to capitalize on a struggling Lincecum who allowed 12 baserunners to reach in the finale, but only two runs scored in a 5-2 loss.

Seattle Mariners August 18-20
(Phillies win series 2-1)

The Mariners began the best home stand of the season for the Phils. Jerome Williams started the series with another gem, allowing just 1 run in 7 innings in a 4-1 victory. The Phillies split the next two, shutout through 8 innings in a 5-2 loss and scoring 3 runs in the fourth in the final game for a series win.

St. Louis Cardinals August 22-24
(Phillies win series 2-1)

Kendrick's first inning struggles continued against the Cardinals in a 3-run first inning to begin the series, but the Phils came back with 4 fourth inning runs to take game one. Byrd's game-tying 8th inning homer was not enough in game two, as the Phils lost in the 12th. They rebounded from the late loss thanks to 8 dominant innings from Jerome Williams in a 7-1 win.

Washington Nationals  August 25-27
(Phillies sweep series 3-0)

The red hot Nationals visited The Bank and the Phillies cooled them off in a three-game sweep. AJ Burnett struck out 12 and allowed just three hits over seven innings in a 3-2 win to open the series. The Nats tied the game off Hamels in the eighth the following night, but Revere later scored on a sac fly in a 4-3 win. Sizemore's pinch-hit homer in the 6th puts the Phils ahead for good and they swept the Nats, finishing off a nice 7-2 home stand

@ New York Mets August 29-31
(RESULTS)
With a chance to move out of the basement, a dropped ball by Sizemore in the first game led to 3 seventh inning runs in a 4-1 loss. Jerome Williams was solid once again the following night and the Phillies won 7-2. The Phils comeback bid fell short in the finale in a 5-6 loss to finish the month with a 14-13 record.

Phillies August News and Notes

Aug 7 - Phillies trade Robert Hernandez to Dodgers for two players to be named later (Jesmuel Valentin and Victor Arano)
Aug 26 - Papelbon earned his 100th save with the Phillies, tying him with Brad Lidge for 4th place in saves in Phillies history.
Aug 27 - Kendrick allowed two first inning runs, making it 30 runs allowed by Kendrick in 27 starts.
Aug 30 - Jerome Williams, who had a combined 6.71 ERA with Houston and Texas, goes 3-0 with the Phillies and a 2.03 ERA in 4 starts
Aug 31 - Ben Revere steals his 40th base of the season

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