August Roundup: Phillies enter September primed for another long postseason run
The Philadelphia Phillies dropped game three to the Los Angeles Angels yesterday afternoon 10-8, wrapping up what was an incredible month of August baseball here in Philadelphia.
Honestly, the Phillies should have swept the San Francisco Giants and they definitely should have swept the Los Angeles Angels. In both games they lost during the respective series, Bryce Harper was super human, and managed to give pull the Phillies into a tie or lead late in the ball games.
Bryce Harper Game-Tying Home Run vs Giants
Unfortunately, Craig Kimbrel failed to close out both games and the Phillies were handed two losses.
Harper stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning yesterday with the Phillies down 7-6 and crushed a 2-run home run in front of roughly 35,000 fans at Citizens Bank Park to give the Phillies an 8-7 lead heading into the 9th inning.
Bryce Harper Home Run: Career No. 300
Obviously, you want Bryce to get the win here on the day he hit his 300th home run. That would have been the perfect ending to cap off a dominant sweep of the Angels but that’s just not how the cookie crumbled.
Along with Harper, the Phillies as a team crushed 59 home runs in the month of August. Here’s the final leaderboard after yesterday’s game.
Phillies August Home Run Leaderboard
- 10- Schwarber
- 10- Harper
- 9- Turner
- 8- Castellanos
- 5- Bohm
- 5- Stott
59 Total Home Runs: Franchise Record | Tied 3rd Most All-Time in any Month
Phillies At The Plate: August 2023
Bryce Harper: .361 batting average with 35 hits, 10 home runs, 24 RBIs and 23 runs scored in 26 games.
Trea Turner: .324 batting average with 35 hits, 9 home runs, 26 RBIs and 23 runs scored in 27 games.
Nick Castellanos: .293 batting average with 34 hits, 8 home runs, 23 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 27 games.
J.T. Realmuto: is batting .288 batting average with 21 hits, 3 homers, 9 RBIs and 13 runs scored in 20 games.
Kyle Schwarber: .213 batting average with 20 hits, 10 home runs, 20 RBIs and 22 runs scored in 26 games.
Alec Bohm: .260 batting average with 27 hits, 5 homers, 16 RBIs and 20 runs scored in 26 games.
Bryson Stott: .268 batting average with 26 hits, 5 homers, 17 RBIs and 18 runs scored in 26 games.
Brandon Marsh: .412 batting average with 14 hits, 2 home runs, 9 RBIs and 8 runs scored in 13 games.
Johan Rojas: .268 batting average with 19 hits, a home run, 12 RBIs and 10 runs scored in 25 games.
Phillies Record by Month
Throughout March, April, and May, I sounded like a broken record when saying the official start of the MLB season is June 1st. Thankfully, the Phillies never fail me and continue to prove me right every god damn season. Check out these win totals by month.
- March: 0-1
- April: 15-13
- May: 10-16
- June (Unofficial Start of the MLB Season): 18-8
- July: 14-11
- August: 17-10
Phillies Hunt for Red October
Even with the loss yesterday afternoon to the Los Angeles Angels, the Phillies are 7-3 over their last 10 games and 74-59 on the season. They posted a 17-10 record in the month of August and currently sit atop of the NL Wild Card race with a three-game advantage over the Chicago Cubs.
As for other teams in the race, no one seems to be interested in pulling away from the pack, with the Giants, D-Backs, Reds, and Miami all lurking behind the Phillies and Cubs for the third and final Wild Card spot heading into the final month of the regular season.
Schedule Note: The Phillies will begin September tomorrow in Milwaukee Brewers, who sit in first place in the AL Central. The Chicago Cubs will head to Cincinnati to face the Reds and the San Francisco Giants will be in San Diego to face off against the Padres.