I know everybody’s talking about Jimmy Rollins and his walk-off home run last night at Citizen’s Bank Park against the Cleveland Indians, but the guy who should get a lot of credit for the job he did last night in the Phillies win over Cleveland is back-up catcher Brian Schneider.
He was in the line-up because starter Carlos Ruiz is still recovering from the concussion he suffered last week.¬† Schneider took advantage of the opportunity by having a hand in numerous plays that helped the Phillies come out with a victory.
In the top of the 5th inning with two outs, Schneider made a great play at the plate to tag out Carlos Santana who was trying to score from second on a single.¬† Schneider caught the throw from Phillies leftfielder Raul Ibanez and blocked the plate as Santana tried to go around him with a slide outside.
It was a great play by Schneider because he blocked the plate while waiting for the throw.¬† It forced Santana to try to slide around him, which gave him time for throw to get there, then he tagged Santana to end the inning and prevent the score at the plate.
In the 7th inning with the Phillies trailing 5-4, Schneider jumped on the first pitch of his abat against righthander Frank Herrmann.¬† Schneider was thinking fastball, Herrmann got the pitch up and the Phillies catcher was all over it.
Schneider also caught Indians rightfielder Shin-Soo Choo stealing with a good throw to Chase Utley, who was covering second and made a nice quick tag on the play.
Did I also mention that Schneider walked to lead off the ninth?¬†¬† He did something which the Phillies need to do more of which is being patient at the plate.
The walk set the stage for the Rollins walk-off two-run homer to win it for the Phils.