Wednesday, July 1, 2020

1985 Game 73 - 1985 Fleer #630 Mike Schmidt & Ryne Sandberg

Cubs 3Phillies 1
Game 73 - Monday Night, July 1st in Philadelphia
Record - 32-41, 5th Place, 11 games behind the Cardinals

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies offense went quiet against Cubs pitchers Ray Fontenot and Lee Smith as the Cubs prevailed, 3-1.

What It Means:  This was the game Mike Schmidt took the field pre-game wearing his disguise of a long wig and sunglasses.  Schmidt had made very unflattering comments about the Phillies' fanbase during the team's trip to Montreal.

What Happened:  The Phillies line-up had eight singles and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.  Only Schmidt had multiple hits and the lone run came in the second on a Steve Jeltz ground-out back to the pitcher.  Ozzie Virgil broke for home as Fontenot threw to second for the force, and the Phillies' scoring was over for the day.

John Denny pitched well for the Phillies, lasting seven innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits.  The Cubs line-up was once again littered with former Phillies, with Ryne Sandberg (2b), Gary Matthews (lf), Richie Hebner (3b) and Larry Bowa (ss).  Bob Dernier was on the disabled list and missed this series.

Featured Card:  Schmidt would pick it up in the second half, after he had attempted to clear the air with the Phillies' fans.  The first half MVPs for the club were Virgil, Glenn Wilson and Juan Samuel on the offensive side with Von Hayes also having a steady, but not great, year.  The Phillies received surprisingly consistent starting pitching in the first half from Kevin Gross, Denny, Steve Carlton and Jerry Koosman.  Don Carman and Kent Tekulve were the club's top relievers through June.

June 1985 Leaders
Games:  Juan Samuel, Mike Schmidt and Glenn Wilson - 27
Average:  Greg Gross - .324
Runs:  Juan Samuel - 19
Home Runs:  Ozzie Virgil - 4
RBIs:  Glenn Wilson - 24
Stolen Bases:  Juan Samuel - 9

Games:  Larry Andersen and Don Carman - 13
Wins:  John Denny and Kevin Gross - 3
Innings Pitched:  Kevin Gross 39 1/3
ERA:  Jerry Koosman - 1.48
Strikeouts:  John Denny - 29
Saves:  Kent Tekulve - 4
Cumulative Season Leaders - 1st Half
Games:  Juan Samuel and Glenn Wilson - 86
Average:  Ozzie Virgil - .285
Runs:  Juan Samuel - 55
Home Runs:  Mike Schmidt and Ozzie Virgil - 11
RBIs:  Glenn Wilson - 61
Stolen Bases:  Juan Samuel - 30

Games:  Don Carman - 42
Wins:  Kevin Gross - 8
Innings Pitched:  John Denny - 129 2/3
ERA:  Steve Carlton - 2.43
Strikeouts:  Kevin Gross - 83
Saves:  Kent Tekulve - 8

1985 Virtual Phillies Wall / 1985 Season Summary Index

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