RECAP – the Afternoon Edition. Please accept our apologies, Phillies Nationers , we strive to bring you timely and informative Phillies news and views, and like Juan Pierre last night, we dropped the ball on this one.
This is late, so I’ll be brief… but how about those Fightin Phils!? They’ve managed to climb back to .500 (19-19), with Roy Halladay taking the mound tonight against Chris Volstad.
-Kyle Kendrick pitched very well in place of Vance Worley, allowing only 3 hits, 2 runs, ( 1 was earned)… he struck out 4, and walked NONE through 6 innings of work.
-The bullpen combination of Jose Contreras, Antonio Bastardo, and Raul Valdes each threw a perfect inning of work after Kendick left the game. The Cubs did not have a base runner after an Alfonso Soriano HR in the 4th inning, as Phillies pitchers retired the last 17 batters they faced.
-Freddy Galvis another 2-hit game, both doubles.
-The New Guys – Mike Fontenot and Hector Luna each contributed with their first hit in a Phillies uniform. Fontenot singled in the 7th, while Luna capped the Phillies 6-run 9th inning with a pinch-hit Grand Slam to put the game out of reach.
-Carlos Ruiz continues to amaze. The man we affectionately refer to as “Chooch” hit his 7th HR of the season as part of his 2-for-4 night (to see his batting average climb to .343), and scored 3 runs.
-The opinion that Carlos Ruiz should be an All-Star this season is quickly becoming FACT. He leads NL catchers in Batting Average, HR, RBI, OBP, SLG, and OPS…and is tied for the lead in both Runs and Hits. We need to have an official Twitter Campaign to get Chooch into the All Star Game. I’ve seen #VoteforChooch , # Vote4Chooch, and #VoteforChooch2012 … somebody, somewhere, pick one and lets run with it!