Phillies celebrate 100th consecutive sellout

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As Todd Zolecki of MLB.com points out, the Phillies celebrated the 100th consecutive sellout of Citizens Bank Park on Thursday night before their game against the Giants.

The stadium has a capacity of 43,651 and 42,900 non-standing room tickets must be sold for a game to be considered a sellout.  Since July 9, 2009, that has not been a problem, which is truly quite a feat.

“We’ve averaged over 3.1 million in the seven years at Citizens Bank
Park,” Phillies vice president of sales and ticket operations John Weber told MLB.com. “It’s always been about the ballpark, our homegrown
winning team and the fans. Those three components make our job so much
easier.”

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel acknowledged the great fan support before Thursday’s game.

“I’d just like to say you’re the best fans I’ve ever seen in baseball,”
he said. “And your energy and the fact you pull for us every night is
going to help us get to the World Series again.”

The Phillies currently boast a 68-51 record and sit only two games back of the Braves in the National League East.  They lead the hunt for the NL Wild Card.

Zach Davies replaces Gio Gonzalez on the Brewers roster

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Major League Baseball just announced that it has approved a roster substitution for the Milwaukee Brewers due to the ankle injury sustained by Gio Gonzalez: right-handed pitcher Zach Davies will take his place. In accordance with league rules, Gonzalez will be ineligible to return if the Brewers make it to the World Series.

That rule is designed to prevent roster gamesmanship such as having a pitcher fake an injury after he’s done being used in an effort to give a team a fresh arm in a short series. A second layer on that is an independent consult with the league, which may approve or disapprove the request based on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. In this case, Dr. Gary Green, MLB’s Medical Director, confirmed Gonzalez’s injury after communicating with the Brewers’ evaluating physician. Not that anyone can really suggest that Gonzalez was faking. The dude’s ankle went sideways.

That being said, this is a benefit to the Brewers at least for the short term. Davies did not have a fantastic season, going 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 13 starts and failing to make the Brewers’ initial postseason roster, but he is fresh — he hasn’t pitched since September 28 — which could prove very useful for Craig Counsell and the Brewers after last night’s 13-inning game.