On The Mound
- Nick Pivetta started the finale, and threw five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and five walks while striking out seven.
- Victor Arano struck out two in the sixth.
- Hoby Milner pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings.
- Yacksel Rios mopped up in the ninth.
At The Plate
- The offense put up 11 runs on 11 hits.
- Cesar Hernandez went 2-3 at the top of the order, driving in a run and walking twice.
- Odubel Herrera went 2-5 with a double and drove in two.
- Aaron Altherr went 1-5 with a single and drove in a run.
- Rhys Hoskins took an 0-3, but walked twice.
- Nick Williams went 2-4 with a three-run homer, and worked a walk.
- Maikel Franco hit a three-run homer of his own.
- Andrew Knapp caught the game and went 1-3 with a single and a walk.
- J.P. Crawford went 1-3 with a single and walk.
It’s been awhile since the Phils have played in a meaningful situation this time of year. In 2017, this will be their only appearance in the fall month.
The Phillies season ends with a 66-win campaign. But the season was far from a lost cause. A handful of players established themselves as legitimate building blocks for the future. Now its up to General Manager Matt Klentak to get this thing going in the right direction.
It’s time for the Phillies to make some real moves to make this team better in both the short and long-run.
It can’t be acceptable anymore for the Phils to sign third-rate veterans, the Jeremy Hellicksons, the Michael Saunders, the Howie Kendricks of the world to short-term deals in hopes of flipping them for assets at the deadline. This is the point where they need to start spending on guys that they want to join with their young core to build for the future.
Hot stove talk isn’t far off.