Chooch’s Tear Continues, Helps Phillies Beat Bucs – Phillies Nation

Chooch’s Tear Continues, Helps Phillies Beat Bucs

Wiggy and Chooch teamed up for some good old times. (AP)


Carlos Ruiz cannot be stopped. The man is a machine. With three hits – one of which was a bomb that nearly tagged the Geico sign that sits on the second deck perch in left field – Chooch raised his average to a busty .361 on the season and pushed his OPS above 1.000.  Just an incredible season for a true MVP candidate in the National League.

-The Phillies got to Erik Bedard early, but weren’t really able to open it up completely. Ty Wigginton‘s two-run shot in the third put the Phillies up 4-1, and while they put up – runs on the night, early it felt like they could have struck for some more. Still, – runs on – hits is nothing to cry about.


-Through the first few batters, I wondered if there was something wrong with Vance Worley. He was not even reaching 90 on the gun and appeared to be high in the zone. Worley eventually settled down and put together a decent performance, however, it wasn’t his best. The righty went six-plus innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs, two walks, and five strikeouts. It took him 112 pitches (65 strikes) to get there.

-The great thing about Worley is that when he runs into some trouble, he normally finds his way out of it. The good ones do. Worley was able to minimize damage tonight.  In five starts since returning from the DL with elbow soreness, Worley has a 2.70 ERA. He has said time and again the elbow is not giving him trouble and you have to believe him.


-Great job by Michael Schwimer to take the mound in the highest of high-leverage situations. Holding a 4-3 lead, Charlie Manuel entrusted Schwimer to get three outs with two on after Worley failed to retire anyone in the top of the seventh. He did so, with a little help from the arm of John Mayberry Jr. With one out, Mayberry caught a fly ball off the bat of Neil Walker and gunned out Michael McKenry at home plate. Solid pitching and solid D get you wins and Schwimer and Mayberry held up their end.


Antonio Bastardo is just not the same guy we saw early last year; a guy who nearly set some records. A first-pitch double by Andrew McCutchen in the eighth inning made for some nail-biting. But for some reason, the Pirates elected to pinch-hit for their cleanup hitter and use that guy to bunt. Josh Harrison popped up a bunt and Carlos Ruiz made a great play near the netting behind home plate. Bastardo would leave McCutchen stranded but it was hairy for a moment.


Jonathan Papelbon appeared to be in control in the ninth before Michael McKenry went deep to make it a 5-4 Phillies lead. Man, did that Ruiz homer come in handy. He’d eventually get out of it, but not before allowing just his third run of the season in a save situation (his first run in a game that ended in a save).


-Oh yeah, that Chase fella is expected to be back tomorrow. How about that. Utley homered tonight and went 2-for-5 at Lehigh Valley.

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  1. Lefty

    June 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Pat, I’m glad you mentioned the bunt. Did you see how confused/ disgusted McCutcheon looked on that call by Hurdle to PH and bunt after Chooch made the great basket catch? He looked like a guy saying, man get me off of this team. And I’d sure like to see RA Jr. help him out.

    • "Big Ed" Delahanty

      June 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      I agree Lefty, but they have him sewn up for 6 years (?) at around 50 million. Great win tonight though! CHOOCH!

      • Lefty

        June 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm

        It’s a pipe dream, I know.

  2. Lefty

    June 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Pat, I’m glad you mentioned the bunt. Did you see how confused/ disgusted McCutcheon looked on that call by Hurdle to PH and bunt after Chooch made the basket catch? He looked like a guy saying, “man someone please get me off of this team”. I don’t know how, but I’d sure like to see RA Jr. help him out with that.

  3. Jeff

    June 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Boy pap was worth every penny. Not

  4. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    June 26, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Just did my 25 votes for Chooch. I really hope he is made a starter for the All-Star game, as he truly deserves it.

  5. Brooks

    June 26, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Chooch did just about everything you could ask of a catcher tonight. He tagged 2 players out at home, snagged that bunt attempt and had 3 hits including that mammoth hr which sealed the win. His incredible performance started in the bottom of the first when Pence barely missed hitting his 14th hr of the season and settled for a 2 out triple. Choochie promptly knocked him in and you knew it was going to be something special.

    Once again it seemed the Phils were going to be plagued with runners left on base but somehow, you just got that feeling they were going to pull this one out. I’d say do not give Martinez another start for the remainder of this year or for the remainder of his life – use Fontenot. He made some terrific plays and tuned in with a hit as well.

    I took my 10 year old grandson who said tonights fireworks performance was the best ever. So he saw a win, got to see Harry sing and some of the best fireworks in town.

    Good night!

  6. artemis

    June 27, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Chooch and Thome are keeping up the team spirit! With all the troubles in this first half, they uplift the Phillies from being downtrodden. The return of Chase will be another uplifting moment, and then Doc will return, then Howard… the second half looks real good! Go Phillies! Make the biggest comeback of the season!

  7. bacardipr

    June 27, 2012 at 1:45 am

    The smart thing would be to demote Martinez to AAA. Unfortunately they will probably have to keep him around for emergency filler. The Phils have a long road ahead of them. There still hope here but it wont be easy.

  8. Andrew from Waldorf

    June 27, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Ive been telling everyone for 5 years Ruiz was the team MVP every year and why they won.
    More so than the offensive guys who are one dimensional.

    But Donald taught me to not make posts justifying players.
    Hes been justifying himself a long time now.

    Still think theres a chance for this team. More so because the teams ahead of them will come back to earth than anything else.

    Would love to see a deal or two and see what happened when Lee won a game and Roy was back.

    • Don M

      June 27, 2012 at 9:49 am

      you’ve been telling us all about Chooch for 5 years… well done.

  9. TheDipsy

    June 27, 2012 at 7:28 am

    There’s a chance. “All we are say-ing, is give Pence a chance”. Gotta get that BP arm.

    The Dipsy

  10. Manny

    June 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Just gave Chooch 50 more votes. Come on people, let’s get him there.. he deserves it!

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