Doc, Chase, Chooch Show

Doc continued his on/off performances, Chase and Chooch continued swinging a hot bat giving the Phillies a seventh straight win against the Marlins and a series win.

Since returning to the mound on August 25, Doc has had alternate good starts: 2 runs, 5 innings that first time followed by 5/5, 1/6, 4/4.1 and 1/6 last night. It is all about building up arm strength and finding his rhythm.

Chase went all season without a four-RBI game and now he’s had two in a row. His homer was #18, the most since 2009. On the Phillies all-time chart, it was #217, tying him with CF Cy Williams for seventh place. Chase got to 217 in 1,313 games; Cy, 1,463 games. Sitting in sixth with 223 homers is the Bull.

Chooch drove in two more runs. Since August 8, with RISP, 15 hits, 21 RBI, .556 average. That’s hot.

Under Ryno, the Phillies are now 18-13 with 11 more games to go. Following an MRI on his right shoulder, KK will not start tonight. Zach Miner will, his first start since 2009 when he was with the Tigers.

Congratulations
John Pierre’s hit last night was #2,215, tying him for 175th place all-time with the great Joe DiMaggio.

Comment Corner
Reader John Sours reported he was unable to find a link to vote for Chase and the Roberto Clemente Award on http://www.ChevyBaseball.com. I had the same problem until late last night.

This Date
September 18, 1903, 2nd game–RHP Chick Fraser throws the Phillies first no-hitter of the century, 10-0, at Chicago. For loser RHP George (Peaches) Graham, it is his only big league appearance.

September 18, 1952–RHP Robin Roberts defeats the New York Giants, 7-4, at the Polo Grounds improving his record to 28-7, most victories in the majors since 1935. “Robbie” led the NL in complete games (30) and innings pitched (330), but finished second in the MVP voting to OF Hank Sauer, 37 homers, 121 RBI for the fifth-place Chicago Cubs, who finished 10 games behind the Phillies.

September 18, 1959—Ryne Sandberg is born in Spokane, WA.

September 18, 1963–LHP Chris Short (8-11) wins the final game played at Polo Grounds, a 5-1 complete game. New York RF Jim Hickman hits the last home run. Attendance is 1,752.

September 18, 1971–RHP Rick Wise sets a club record by retiring 32 consecutive batters in a 4-3, 12-inning complete game win over Chicago at the Vet. Wise wins own game with a single. His line: 12 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts.

September 18, 1974— RHP Erskine Thomason debuts with 1-2-3, 8-pitch inning of mop-up relief against the Cubs. He never pitches again in the majors.

September 18, 1993–2B Mariano Duncan belts his second grand slam homer of the season as the Phillies clinch the NL East crown with a 10-7 victory at Pittsburgh. Slam is the Phillies eighth, a new club record for a single season.

1 Comment

Robby was Robbed!
In 1952 Robin Roberts’ contribution of 28 wins to the 20 games over .500 Phillies was far more valuable effort than Sauer’s 37 homers was for a second division Cubs team.
There was definitely an anti-pitcher bias displayed by the writers in the NL’s MVP voting that year
Roberts’ failure to win the MVP that year is just one of many strange outcomes in the baseball writers’ awards voting through the years – and it came on the heels of another atrocious writer awards election when when in the previous year (1951) Gil Mc Dougald was given the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award over a far more deserving Minnie Minoso. .

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