Utley Is Still THE Man…
…And Jayson Werth ain’t bad either ;O) Chase Utley and Werth combined yesterday to help the Phillies overcome a 4-1 deficit to win the game in 11 innings over the New York Mets. Werth’s 10th inning diving catch had eyes popping all over the place; had he dove and missed, the winning run may have scored for the Mets. But Werth got the job done after Chan Ho Park got into some trouble with 2 outs.
Chase Utley had an eventful day as well. It began when he smacked a solo home run off the Mets Mike Pelfrey in the 4th inning. Then in the 6th inning, Pelfrey had a childish fit on the mound when Utley stepped out of the batter’s box and requested time out. He tossed his arms in the air and shouted at Utley who questioned what the problem was. Pelfrey continued to rant, then Utley looked at him and said what appeared to be, “Seriously??” Was Pelfrey really annoyed that time was called, which players do all the time? Or was he maybe upset about the previous home run? Either way, looks like Pelfrey needs to grow up.
Impervious to controversy as usual, Utley came back up to bat in the 11th and gave the Phillies the lead with another solo homer. Ryan Madson, who is filling in for the injured Brad Lidge, closed the game and got the save. Cole Hamels had started the game, but only went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks. It was a very un-Cole like performance. But 6 relief pitchers combined to hold the Mets to just those 4 runs and give the Phillies a chance to win. Chad Durbin had another adventurous outing though, as he loaded the bases with 1 out in the 7th, but he escaped unharmed. Whew!
Speaking of loading the bases, the Phillies did just that in the top of the 7th. While they did score 3 runs to ties the game, a strange move off the bench may have kept them from scoring more. With no outs and the bags packed, the new guy, Paul Bako, was sent up to bat and struck out in his first appearance for the Phils. Charlie Manuel still had Chris Coste and Matt Stairs on the bench, both of whom can easily hit a long fly ball. Why then is Bako sent to the plate in this situation? Last year, he batted .217 in 99 games for the Reds and has been up and down between the bigs and the minors in his 11 year career. This was a waste of an out, if you ask me. But they did still win the game so, all is well that ends well. :O)
The Phillies will try to escape from New York tonight with a series win. Game time is 7:10pm and Jamie Moyer will face Tim Redding of the Mets. This will end a 10 game road trip for the Phillies who return to Philly to face the Red Sox this weekend.
Player Photos by Jenn