Chooch’s walk-off seals comeback, DH sweep
June 15, 2011
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Carlos Ruiz capped off an incredible comeback to give the Phils a 5-4 win, sweep of the day/night double header and expand their winning streak to six games.
Chooch’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th scored Ryan Howard to seal a game that resembled a championship Phillies team.
It got started when Howard was hit with the first offering by Marlins reliever Michael Dunn on his shoulder. He worked his way to second
Roy Halladay wasn’t his usual ace-like self but was still effective in the game. He allowed four runs on six hits while striking out eight through seven innings in the no decision.
Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez shook his rough patch in the month of June with seven strong innings against the Phils. He allowed only two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out six. He was in line for the win until closer Leo Nunez blew the save in the 9th.
The Phillies pulled off a huge come back in the bottom of the 9th. With one out and trailing 4-2, Carlos Ruiz and pinch hitter Ross Gload ripped back-to-back singles. They advanced on a fielder’s choice by Jimmy Rollins to set up Shane Victorino with two outs.
Victorino ripped a single past the outstretched glove of the diving second baseman Jose Lopez to score Ruiz and pinch runner Michael Martinez to tie the game up, 4-4.
Chase Utley continued his tear the past two weeks, going 2-for-5 with a double, triple and two RBIs. His average has shot up to a .275, third highest among the regulars despite having far fewer AB’s.
Shane Victorino also had two hits in the game. Raul Ibanez struggled greatly, striking out three times and stranding three on base.
2B: Utley (5), Polanco (10). 3B: Utley (2).
WP: Madson (3-1). LP: Dunn (3-4).