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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mike Schmidt Was Amazing At Wrigley Field and I Suffered at Home Watching It

On this day in 1976 The Cubs play like, well the Cubs.  In a game that the Cubs lead 13-2 they end up losing to the Phillies 18-16 in ten innings.

I remember watching the game and keeping score on one of those large, green binders that coaches used.  Sure enough, the game was on a Saturday so my memory is correct.

I remember Schmidt hitting the homers in his last four at-bats and him not homering until the sixth inning.  I was off by one as he homered in the 5th, 7th, 8th and 10th innings.  He was 5-for-6 with four runs scored and eight RBIs.

Things I didn't know/remember about the game.

1.  Jim Lonborg got his fourth and last career save to go with 157 wins.

2.  Jay Johnstone had four hits for the Phillies.

3.  Steve Carlton gave up seven runs and seven hits while only getting five Cubs out as the Phillies' starter.  He gave up homers to two of my favorite Cubs - Steve Swisher and Rick Monday.

4.  Rick Reuschel also gave up seven runs, but he pitched seven innings.  His brother Paul also pitched poorly for the Cubs giving up two runs without getting an out.

5.  Schmidt homered off of both Reuschel brothers in this game.  Has that ever happened before or since?  More research on baseball brothers in the future.

6.  I knew that Schmidt hit lots of homers against the Cubs and here are the facts.  He hit 78 against the Cubs and his next highest number against other teams was 62 (Mets).  On the road he hit 50 homers at Wrigley and no more than 28 at any other park.


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