Most of the people reading this will know why today’s holiday is so special in Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence was ratified in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776, and was signed in the same city about a month later. But you didn’t come here for a history lesson, rather to read about baseball.
While the Phillies continue their struggles throughout the 2017 season, the time seems right to do some research on the last 10 years of Fourth of July games played by the Phils. The Fightin’s will face off against the Pirates this afternoon in what will be their 82nd game. One full half of the season has been played, and Phils are on pace to finish the season with a mere 56 wins. With that being said, let’s turn back to July 4, 2007, and see how that version of our favorite team was performing.
Phillies’ record after game: 43-42
Winning Pitcher: Cole Hamels
Losing Pitcher: Chris Sampson
Fun Fact: Ryan Howard hit his 20th home run of the season that day. He would finish with 47 on the season — third in the majors.
Phillies’ record after game: 48-39
Winning Pitcher: Brad Lidge
Losing Pitcher: Duaner Sanchez
Fun Fact: In the bottom of the 9th inning, Shane Victorino hit a single to right field, scoring Pedro Feliz and ending the game.
Phillies’ record after game: 41-37
Winning Pitcher: Jamie Moyer
Losing Pitcher: Fernando Nieve
Fun Fact: The attendance at the game was 45,141 people. That total would have been a season high for this year’s club.
Phillies’ record after game: 42-38
Winning Pitcher: Evan Meek
Losing Pitcher: Jose Contreras
Fun Fact: After his Independence Day start in which he allowed 5 earned runs in 6.1 innings, Joe Blanton’s ERA for the season was 6.27.
Phillies’ record after game: 54-32
Winning Pitcher: Vance Worley
Losing Pitcher: Ricky Nolasco
Fun Fact: 2016 World Series hero and Philly fan favorite Michael Martinez, who started in center field 6 years ago, drove in the game’s only run.
Phillies’ record after game: 37-46
Winning Pitcher: Cliff Lee
Losing Pitcher: Chris Young
Fun Fact: Left fielder Juan Pierre stole his 20th base of the season that day. He finished with 37 steals — 9th in the majors.
Phillies’ record after game: 41-45
Winning Pitcher: Cole Hamels
Losing Pitcher: Gerrit Cole
Fun Fact: The starting outfield that day was (from left to right) Domonic Brown, Ben Revere, and Delmon Young. Brown was an all-star that season.
Phillies’ record after game: 37-49
Winning Pitcher: Gerrit Cole
Losing Pitcher: Roberto Hernandez
Fun Fact: Nobody who played during this game is on the current-day Phillies roster.
Phillies’ record after game: 27-56
Winning Pitcher: Alex Wood
Losing Pitcher: Kevin Correia
Fun Fact: After an 0-4 day, Maikel Franco’s batting average dropped to .293.
Phillies’ record after game: 38-46
Winning Pitcher: Jerad Eickhoff
Losing Pitcher: Joel De La Cruz
Fun Fact: Cody Asche batted 3rd for the Phillies in this game.
Call it Philadelphia luck, or the fact that the Phillies were maybe-sorta-kinda a good ball club in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s, but the Phils have a 7-3 record in their last 10 4th of July games. Hopefully after this afternoon’s game, I’ll be able to add yet another Phillies win and a new winning pitcher to this list.
Photo by jwalter522 (via Flickr)