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Phillies review: September 2012
by Scott Butler 10/1/12

Phillies September Storyline

The Phillies had a good September of baseball. A 17-10 September record in recent years would normally cruise the Phils into the postseason, but not this season. 17-10 was not enough in 2012 to continue the Phillies streak of five consecutive NL East titles, tied for the third longest streak since division play began in 1969. The Phillies gave a valiant attempt, but in the end September was more about watching newcomers than winning baseball games.

Phillies September Event Recap

The Phillies began the month of September six games beneath .500 and eight games back of the second Wild Card spot. They needed to play better and fast with the Braves and Reds, two of the best teams in league, staring them down. After winning the first two games of the Braves series, the Phillies were primed for a series sweep before suffering a devastating loss when they blew a four-run ninth inning lead in the ninth inning of the final game, capped by a three-run walk-off homer by Chipper Jones.

The Phillies did not allow that heartbreaker to bring them down as they won two of three from the Reds. They next faced the Rockies and came back from a 2-0 deficit in the first game with a game tying double from Laynce Nix and a walk-off single in the 10th from Nate Schierholtz. After rain postponed the second game of the series, the Phillies swept the doubleheader the following day and swept the Marlins in the subsequent series. It finished off a perfect 6-0 homestand, gave the Phillies seven straight wins, and put them one game above .500.

Things looked pretty good as the Phillies faced the worst team in baseball in the Houston Astros. Instead of feasting on the hapless team, the Phils went home hungry and lost three of four to Houston. The Astros series put the Phillies a game below .500 and four games back of the second Wild Card spot. But the Phillies once again rebounded by sweeping the Mets and winning the first game against the Braves to bring them within 3 games of the last Wild Card spot.

Unfortunately, that was as close as the Phillies would get to the playoffs. The proceeded to lose the next two games against the Braves and two of three to the Nationals. A loss the following night to the Miami Marlins officially eliminated the Phils from postseason play. The Phillies came back to win the final two games of the series, giving them a winning record to conclude September and a chance to finish at or above .500 entering the final series of the season against the Nationals.

Phillies September Win/Loss Totals

Record: 17-10
Home record: 8-4
Road record: 9-6
Top winning streak: 7
Top losing streak: 3
Series record: 6-3
Began month: 63-69 - 3rd place – 17.5 games behind 1st place Nationals & 11 games behind 2nd place Braves Finished month: 80-79 – 3rd place - 16 games behind 1st place Nationals, 13 games behind 2nd place Braves, 6 games behind second Wild Card

Phillies September Highlights

- Phils blow 4 run lead in ninth topped by Chipper Jones 3-run homer on Sep 2.
- Cloyd with first MLB win and Aumont with first MLB save on Sep 3.
- Rollins gets 2000th hit on Sep 4.
- Down 2-0, Nix tied game with double and Schierholtz hit walk-off single in 10th on Sep 7.
- Phillies win on Sep 11 and reach .500 for first time since June 4.
- With bases empty and 2 outs in ninth, Utley walks and Howard hit game winning homer on Sep 19.
- Phils score 8 in first and win 16-1 on Sep 20.
- Ryan Howard hits 300th career homer on Sep 22.
- Darin Ruf hits first MLB homer on Sep 25.

Interesting Phillies notes

- Jimmy Rollins gets 2,000th hit on September 4.
- Ryan Howard becomes second fastest to 300 career home runs in Phillies history (Ralph Kiner).
- Darin Ruf makes his major league debut on September 14.
- Phils finish with 40-41 home record, 1st losing record in 12 years.
- Cole Hamels gains a career best 17th win in his final start.
- Hamels finishes September 8th in the NL in ERA (3.05) and Lee finishes 9th (3.12).

Phillies Injuries

- 9/7 Phillies shut down Placido Polanco for the season due to recurring back issues.
- 9/8 - Raul Valdes placed on 15-day DL to undergo arthroscopic surgery on the meniscus in his right knee.
- 9/30 - Ryan Howard broke his toe.

Phillies Season Totals and NL Ranks through September

Phillies Team Hitting Totals through September
Average
: .256 (8th)
Runs: 679 (8th)
Runs/game: 4.27 (8th)
HR: 156 (8th)
BB: 446 (13th)
SO: 1,069 (best)
OBP: .317 (9th)
SLG: .400 (7th)

Phillies Team Pitching through September
ERA: 3.87 (7th)
ER: 613
IP: 1,426.1

Phillies Starting Pitching through September
ERA: 3.85 (7th)
ER: 435
IP: 1016

Phillies Relief Pitching through September
ERA: 3.90  (9th)
ER: 178
IP: 410.1

Phillies September Totals and NL Ranks

Phillies September Team Hitting
Average: .254 (8th)
Runs: 131 (5th)
Runs/game: 4.85 (5th)
HR: 25 (T-4th)
BB: 95 (5th)
SO: 191 (2nd best)
OBP: .331 (T-7th)
SLG: .400 (T-7th)

Phillies September Team Pitching
ERA
: 3.18 (4th)
ER: 84
IP: 238
BB/9: 2.69 (5th)
SO/9: 9.91 (1st)

Phillies September  Starting Pitching
ERA
: 3.74 (6th)
ER: 67
IP: 161.1
BB/9: 1.90 (1st)
SO/9: 9.09 (1st)

Phillies September Relief Pitching
ERA
: 2.00 (2nd)
ER: 17
IP: 76.2
BB/9: 4.34 (15th)
SO/9: 11.62 (1st)

Phillies September Win/Loss Chart

Phillies September 2012 Win/Loss Chart

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