Fans showered Utley with respect and applause on his return to CBP, he may not want to sell his condo he has for sale here in Center City, and run for Mayor instead!
It was great to welcome Chase Utley back to Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park for the first time in a Dodger uniform the other night. The fans showed him a lot of love with an opening ovation of over a minute and a half of solid cheering. For Utley, that wouldn't be enough for the opening night though, he went on to hit a home run and a grand slam and get even more applause and curtain calls. This was a game where the Phillies got soundly beaten, but we gave this one away and didn't care at all, because it was Chase.
The Phils dropped the first game in the series with the Dodgers by a 15-5 score, Chase Utley bolstered his BA to .255 in the first game and went 2-4 with 5 RBI on the night. Last night, he batted 0-5 and the Phillies lost by a score of 7-2 to the blue crew.
The Phillies had opportunities in last night's game but turned in a 1-9 with RISP and you have a hard time winning games when that happens most of the time. Each team banged out 11 hits for the game, Justin Turner, who had hit the Phillies very well in the past, hit a 2-run HR in the 5th inning. Tommy Joseph had a solo HR in the 6th inning to make it a 5-2 score at the time. Later on in the same inning the Phils had the bases loaded but failed to score anyone.
"Just didn't come through in the clutch," is how Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said in the post game interview and that about sums up most of the problems that the Phillies have. They just don't have a few players that you can count on to deliver when really needed.
The Phillies are still near the bottom in major offensive categories, as they have been most of the year. Here in mid-August the Phils are 28th in the MLB in runs, 28th in Batting Average, 30th in OBP, and 29th in slugging percentage.
Aaron Nola goes to the 60-day DL so his season is finished for the year.