In this topsy-turvy season, Chooch has been a rock of consistency, a true All-Star, if there ever was one. Online voting ends at midnight today and Chooch needs everyone’s help.
He had another three-hit game last night that included his career-best 10th home run, which turned out to be the decisive run in a one-run win. He’s drive in 17 of his 41 runs in the seventh inning or later. That’s second in the NL to teammate Wigginton, who has 20.
The night raised Chooch’s average to .361, almost 100 points above his .265 career average. He was the last Phillies catcher to hit .300, finishing with .302 in 2010. Phillies club record for a catcher is .368 by Smoky Burgess in 1954.
Vance picked up his first win since coming off the DL on June 4. His ERA for those five starts is 2.70.
The Phillies have a winning record on three days of the week, Wednesday (7-4), Thursday (7-2) and Friday (6-4).
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley won, 10-3, over Rochester. OF Jason Pridie, 4-5, double, two triples. Chase played all nine innings and was 2-5, home run, two strikeouts. RHR Tyson Brummett (3-1) picked up the win with 3.2 scoreless innings.
**Reading beat Richmond, 10-2, as LF Leandro Castro had a single, two doubles (22) and four RBI. SS Troy Hanzawa, double, triple, 3 RBI. LHS Mario Hollands (2-0) was the winner, one run 6 innings.
**Clearwater won, 5-3, at Palm Beach. Win went to LHS Austin Wright (7-2), 1 run, 7 innings.
**Lakewood lost, 9-5, to West Virginia. DH Chris Duffy, 2-3, home run, 2 RBI, boosting average to .396
**Williamsport dropped a 6-2 decision at Mahoning Valley. 3B Mitch Walding, 2-3, boosting his average to .400.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies unable to play for the second straight day because of tropical story Debby.
June 27, 1963: RF Johnny Callison hits for the Phillies’ first cycle in 30 years in a 13-4 victory at Pittsburgh. In the same game, CF Tony Gonzalez’s seventh-inning error ends his major league record for outfielders of 205 consecutive errorless games.
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