About 13 hours after the 11-inning marathon ended in which runs were crossing home plate in crooked numbers and a parade of pitchers came in from the bullpens, Joe-B put an end to the madness with his best performance in a Phillies uniform.
All he did was toss a 3-hit shutout using only 88 pitches in a 2-hour, 2-minute masterpiece. One other time he had a 3-hit shutout and that was 2007.
The win gave the Phillies a series win in Atlanta, what could have easily been a sweep. But, two of three is a formula to get you to October baseball.
Now, the scene shifts to DC and a three-game weekend against the Nationals at their ballpark, that the front office termed, “Take Back Our Park” from the influx of Phillies fans, making it sort of Citizens Bank Park south. It will be interesting to see how many Phillies fans can get tickets.
Sizing Up The Nationals
ERA, 2.41, lowest in the NL
Strikeouts, 211, most in the NL
Opponents average, .212, second lowest
Average, .225, 15th in the NL
Runs, 82, 13th
Home runs, 14, 14th
Fielding percentage, .986, tied for second best
Errors, 13, tied with Phillies for fewest
Chooch turned in a record performance with his seven RBI night in Wednesday night’s marathon.
He’s the 13th Phillie to drive in that many in a game. The club record is eight shared by five players. None are catchers.
Which reminds me, Chooch needs to be an All-Star so start voting.
Phillies will take an Amtrak charter train on Sunday night and return home to face the Mets in three games starting on Monday night.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost, 6-5, when Charlotte scored 4 in the top of the 9th off Raul Valdes (1-2). DH Hector Luna, 3-4, RBI.
**Reading scored 3 in the top of the 9th for an 8-6 win at New Hampshire. 3B Tug Hulett had a 2-run single that put the Phillies on top. RHR Justin Friend struck out the side for his 7th save.
**Clearwater was a 6-5 loser at Daytona Beach. RF Brandon Tripp, 1st HR, 3 RBI.
**Lakewood dropped a 5-4, 10-inning decision at Charleston when the RiverDogs scored 2 in the bottom of the 9th. 1B Bob Stumpo, 2-4, hitting .588. 3B Harold Martinez, 3-5, RBI.
May 4, 1973: PH Jose Pagan’s sacrifice fly gives the Phillies a 5-4, 20-inning win over Atlanta at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies’ longest game since April 30, 1919. Game lasted 5:16.
May 5, 1938: RHP Hal Kelleher allows a major league record 12 runs (10 hits, 3 walks) in the eighth inning of a 21-2 loss at Wrigley Field. Loser was Wayne LaMaster, who left the game with an injury and a 3-1 count on the Cubs’ leadoff hitter. The Cubs scored four times in the first inning, pinning the loss on LaMaster.
May 6, 1974: Phillies fall to San Diego, 7-6, before 4,149, smallest crowd in Vet history.
May 6, 2011: LHP Cliff Lee matches club record for a left-hander with 16 strikeouts in a 16-10 win vs. Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park.
For video of Lee’s performance, check out the May 6 flashback at www.phillies.com/alumni.