Phillies Clinch #1 Overall Pick in 2016
After the Phillies dropped Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader against the Miami Marlins, they needed the Cincinnati Reds to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates or a loss to the Marlins on Saturday or Sunday. Either result would clinch the worst record in baseball, which means they would pick first in the 2016 draft and secure themselves around $3.5 million more in slot money.
As fate would have it, the Reds won and the Phillies lost game two on Saturday night. The Reds’ game finalized first and the victory ended their 13-game losing streak, officially clinching #1 overall for the Phillies.
Maikel Franco made his first start since August 11, when he was hit on the wrist and suffered a non-displaced fracture. He hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and drove in a run with a single in the sixth inning.