Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Game 61 - Schwarber's Bomb Enough for Walker in Win

Phillies 1
, Tigers 0
Game 61 - Tuesday Night, June 7th in Philadelphia
Record - 29-32, 4th Place, 7 1/2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Kyle Schwarber hit a lead-off home run and Taijuan Walker threw seven solid innings in this 1-0 win over the Tigers.

What It Means:  They'll go for a series sweep tonight behind Zack Wheeler.  The last time the Phillies won a 1-0 ballgame on a lead-off home run was back on August 14, 2012 against the Marlins.  Jimmy Rollins hit his 14th home run of the season off Marlins' starter Josh Johnson.  Kyle Kendrick pitched seven scoreless innings with Josh Lindblom earning a hold, and Jonathan Papelbon recording his 26th save.

What Happened:  Pretty much summed up with the one sentence above.  Schwarber hit his third home run of June off pitcher Tyler Alexander, the first of four relievers used in this Tigers' bullpen game.  Walker allowed two hits and three walks in his outing, escaping a bases loaded jam in the fifth.  Seranthony Dominguez and Craig Kimbrel pitched the final two innings, striking out five batters.  Kimbrel recorded his ninth save.

Featured Card:  Walker now has two mainstream Phillies baseball cards, both photoshopping him out of a Mets uniform and into a Phillies uniform.  This is his card from the recently released Topps Heritage set, and he can also be found in the Topps Phillies retail team set.

Field Report:  Jenna and I witnessed this speedy game from our seats in Section 315.  It was a breezy night, and the haze from the ongoing Canadian wild fires gave the ballpark an eerie backdrop.  With a game time of 2:07, we were home shortly after 9pm, most likely a new personal record for us!


John Sharp said...

First time in Tigers history that they lost a 1-0 game w/ the leadoff HR as the only run of the game.

Good Job! 👍

John Bateman said...

He is Mr. June