Chooch Wins Academy Award

Reds v PhilliesA large green creature first appeared at Veterans Stadium on this date in 1978, Phillie Phanatic, who would become baseball’s most entertaining mascot. In this photo, Phanatic is acknowledging Jim Thome’s historic 400th home run at Citizens Bank Park 10 years ago in June.

Academy Award for Chooch
Byrd got the big hit, KK had another strong start, the bullpen imploded again but the Phillies rallied for a win last night. Winning a four-game series isn’t easy, especially on the road and especially against a highly-touted team many feel will go all the way.

But credit belongs to Chooch, who came into the series with no RBI. All he did was go 7-for-14, which included 4 doubles, a triple and a home run. He drove in 6 and scored 5, including a game-winner. Ryno had him everywhere in the batting order, fourth, fifth, seventh (0-3) and last night, second. In 3 games in the 2 hole, he’s reached base 12 times in 15 plate appearances.

The tough 10-game, 3-city trip ends in Phoenix, a weekend series against the lowly Diamondbacks, winners of their last 2 games. No game Monday and then the Mets for two at Citizens Bank Park starting Tuesday night, Hatfield’s $1 dog night.

Minor League Report
Lehigh Valley had a 4-game winning streak stopped, 9-5, when Norfolk scored 6 in the top of the 9th off Seth Rosin (0-1) and Justin DeFratus . . . 3B Maikel Franco, single, double, 1st HR.

Reading was not scheduled. Took a long bus ride for a seven-game road trip in New England (New Hampshire and Maine).

Clearwater won, 7-5, at Dunedin . . . C Logan Moore, 3 hits, 3 RBI . . . SS Malquin Canelo, 2 doubles . . . WP: Ethan Stewart (1-1).

Lakewood lost, 10-3, to Savannah . . . DH Wilmer Oberto, 2 hits, including 2nd HR.

Book Talk
Will be on WDEV’s SCORE program with host Jeff Fuller on Sunday night, 9:40 p.m., talking about my book, If These Walls Could Talk. Check it out at

Book is available starting next Thursday.

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