Chooch Delivers

Sunday’s game was almost like two different games in one. 

Sanchez had allowed 20 hits in 10.1 innings going into the game and the Phillies got to him for two runs on three hits in the opening inning. The offense then seemed to roll over and hit the snooze button. 

Meanwhile, Cole fanned six of the first 10 hitters before the Marlins strung together some base hits that produced two sixth-inning runs.  Sanchez, meanwhile, struck out six in his last three innings.  A Florida error set the stage for Chooch’s game-winning SF in the eighth that produced a one-run win.

Elias Sports Bureau: Ruiz’ game-winning RBI was the 12th in the seventh inning or later, all since 2007.  Only Ryan Howard has more among the Phillies (14).

Phillies are now 72-26 on Sundays in the history of Citizens Bank Park. 

John Mayberry Jr. will meet and greet fans in the Hall of Fame Club for 30 minutes on Tuesday, starting at 6 p.m. . . . The HBO Real Sports feature on Jimmy Rollinswill debut on Tuesday at 10 p.m. . . . For Wednesday’s Businessperson’s Special day game, a robot made by University of Penn students will throw out the first ball.   Wonder if the robot is better as a starter or reliever . . . Happy Birthday Today–Jim Eisenreich turns 52; Rico Brogna, 41.

This Date
April 18, 1987, Mike Schmidt hit his 500th home run, a three-run, game-winner (8-6 final) in the top of the ninth off RHP Don Robinson in Pittsburgh.

Down On The Farm (weekend)
Lehigh Valley won all three to move into first place in the IL North division; 1B Jeff Larish homered (#2-3) in each of the last two games . . . Reading also won three straight to take the EL Eastern Division lead; 3B Cody Overbeck homered (#4-5) in each game of Sunday’s twinbill . . . Clearwater dropped into a tie for second in the FSL North division despite winning two of three; 3B Travis Mattair had back-to-back three RBI games . . . Lakewood broke out of its slump with a 13-hit, 8-run win on Friday before dropping a pair on Sunday and getting 10 total hits.  Team batting average (.171) is last in the SAL; team ERA (2.65) is first.

What Would You Have Done?
What profession or occupation might you have chosen if you didn’t play baseball? The question has been posed to Phillies Alumni.

 “Had I not played professional baseball, I probably would have been a physical education teacher,” Marty Bystrom, RHP, 1980-84.

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