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.

July 4, 2007: Philadelphia Phillies 8-3 Houston Astros

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.

July 4, 2008: Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 New York Mets

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.

July 4, 2009: Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 New York Mets

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.

July 4, 2010: Philadelphia Phillies 5-8 Pittsburgh Pirates

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.

July 4, 2011: Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Florida Marlins

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.

July 4, 2012: Philadelphia Phillies 9-2 New York Mets

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.

July 4, 2013: Philadelphia Phillies 6-4 Pittsburgh Pirates

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.

July 4, 2014: Philadelphia Phillies 2-8 Pittsburgh Pirates

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.

July 4, 2015: Philadelphia Phillies 5-9 Atlanta Braves

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.

July 4, 2016: Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 Atlanta Braves

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)

 

Jack Pontin

High School Senior from New Orleans, LA. Contributing Phillies and Sixers articles, as well as game coverages.

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