On a night when the first 5 hitters were silent (1-19), the Flyin’ Hawaiian (Victorino), Dobber (Dobbs), Chooch (Ruiz) and five pitchers came up big time to put us back on top of the NL East.
Joe, Chad, Mad Dog (Madson), J. C. and Brad did a job in halting the scrappy Marlins’ 9-game winning streak. Each got big outs in key situations. Combined, they punched out 16.
During their streak, the Marlins averaged over 7 runs per game. Last night they were held to 2 runs on 7 hits.
Shane went deep, made some good catches; Dobbs drove in the winning run and also shined on defense.
Chooch is the unsung hero. He worked the pitching staff well, picked a runner off first, blocked the plate to prevent Cantu from scoring the tying run and blocked some of Lidge’s nasty sliders in the 9th.
Offensively, he’s come on recently (.274 in his last 28 games). He’s fundamentally sound at the plate with some sacrifices, including a squeeze bunt this month.
His number 1 job is calling the game and catching, basically the quarterback on the field.
A catcher is doing a great job when you don’t notice him.
**Phillies are 51-36 when Ruiz catches.
**ERA with Ruiz behind the plate is 3.94, fifth lowest among NL catchers.
Citizens Bank Park, very quiet today, will turn into Phillies Passion Place tomorrow night when the September Stampede to October begins. PECO has an electric sub station across the street from Citizens Bank Park. More electricity will be coming from the ballpark.
The first of the final 6 regular season home games is on tap at 7:05 against the Braves. Rally towels will be given to all fans.
Dan Goroff, the Director of the Ticket Department, reports that seats remain for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday vs. the Braves and Friday night against the Nationals. A few tickets are available on Saturday night and Fan Appreciation Day, a week from today, is sold out.
Phillies are due to return from Miami around midnight today. Next road trip? To be determined.