Tuesday, May 26, 2020

1985 Game 41 - 1985 Topps Circle K #19 Mike Schmidt

Padres 7Phillies 2
Game 41 - Sunday Afternoon, May 26th in Philadelphia
Record - 15-26, 5th Place, 10 1/2 games behind the Cubs

One Sentence Summary:  Lack of clutch hitting and a costly error from Mike Schmidt led to this 7-2 Padres win over the Phillies.

What It Means:  This was the fourth loss in a row and at this point, the Phillies' brain trust had to be thinking of ways to try to jump start a lethargic line-up and shore up the infield defense.  Schmidt went 1 for 5 to drop his average to .201 and his ninth error of the season led to three unearned runs in the fifth.  Tim Corcoran was doing a serviceable job at first base but he had slumped in May and was hitting .196 for the month.

Meanwhile in Portland, top prospect Rick Schu was hitting .280 with 22 RBIs through 42 games while playing solid defense at third base.  Could be something to watch.

At the ballpark, it was Phillies glove day, with all kids in attendance receiving a new glove.  Given the attendance of 40,182, this was a near sell-out.

What Happened:  Steve Carlton got hit around, and even though three of the four runs he allowed were unearned, he still surrendered nine hits in his 6 1/3 innings, including a solo home run to Bruce Bochy.  The game entered the ninth with the Padres holding a 4-2 lead, but Phillies reliever Rocky Childress allowed three more runs to score.

The Phillies actually outhit the Padres, 11-10, but went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position.  Their two runs scored on a Carlton sacrifice fly in the second, and an RBI double from Schmidt in the seventh.  LaMarr Hoyt and Rich Gossage combined to contain the Phillies line-up, with Gossage recording his 13th save.

Featured Card:  I'm not trying to pick on Schmidt with these posts, but he had an awful start to his 1985 season.  He was about to turn things around, and he'd bat an even .300 from June through October, with 27 home runs and 73 RBIs.  An MVP-caliber 1986 season was also on the horizon.

1985 Virtual Phillies Wall / 1985 Season Summary Index

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