Game 98 - Tuesday Night, July 24th in Philadelphia
Record - 44-54, 5th Place, 14 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies did it again, stunning the Brewers with a six-run eighth inning and winning the game, 7-6.
What It Means: Wow! Phillies baseball is exciting again! They've won three games in a row and they'll go for the sweep this afternoon.
What Went Right: Cliff Lee had another off-night, departing after seven innings, trailing 6-1. It looked like yet another in a line of lopsided defeats until the team mounted an improbable comeback in the eighth.
Pinch-hitter Erik Kratz started the scoring with a two-run home run off Manny Parra, making it 6-3. Parra then proceeded to walk the bases loaded and up stepped Carlos Ruiz, the clear-cut team MVP. Chooch delivered with a three-run, game tying double and it was a new ballgame. Hunter Pence blooped in a hit to right to score Ruiz and the comeback was complete.
|2011 Topps Diamond Duos #DD-3|
And of course, Chooch's clutch three-run double completely negated the bad vibes caused by Lee's tough night. So the new featured card became Ruiz's from the recently released Phillies Team Issue, Series 2.