August 28, 2007

Tonight’s Lineup
Rollins, ss; Utley, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Werth, rf; Helms, 3b; Coste, c; Eaton, p.

Don’t know if Hollywood could have made a better script for Chase Utley’s return.  I guess he could have hit a dramatic walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Fans were pumped.  When Chase was introduced, he got a standing-o.  When he homered (419 feet), another standing-o plus a curtain call.  When he doubled in a run in his next at-bat, another standing-o.

Then when he came to bat for the last time, the fans began to chant, “MVP, MVP, MVP”.

A couple of fans had a sign “The race is on with Chase.”

Utley’s double tied the Phillies record (42) for most by a second-baseman.  John Albert (Bert) Niehoff set the record in 1916 when he hit .243 for the Phillies.

Jason Werth is swinging some kind of hot bat, 700 (14-20) during this seven-game homestand.   He tied a modern Phillies record with nine hits in his lat nine at-bats.  One more and he ties the team’s all-time record set July 13-14, 1897 by Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty.

The modern holders are Dave Philley (1958-59), **** Sisler (1950) and Eddie Waitkus (1950). 

Philley was a switch-hitter who played some first base and right field for the Phillies during those seasons.  As a pinch-hitter, his nine hits came in nine consecutive at-bats, a National League record.  He also had nine RBI in those nine games, including a three-run homer.  Sprinkled in over the end of the 1958 season and the start of the 1959 season, were three starts.   

Burrell Also Hot
Since July 2, Pat is hitting .366, second among National League hitters.  He also leads in on-base percentage and slugging percentage during that time frame.

His homer last night was his 38th against the Mets, matching Barry Bonds and Chipper Jones for the most against the New York nine.  His RBI total against the Mets is 97.

RHP Chris Carpenter of the Clearwater Threshers pitched a seven-inning perfect game, 2-0, in the second game of a double-header at Ft. Myers last night.  He threw 66 pitches, 48 strikes.

Pitching coach Steve Shrenk: “He was in control of this game from the start to end.  He had great command and worked ahead down in the zone with all his pitches.  His slider was very effective not throwing a ball with it at all.  We made a couple of good plays for him but they really never hit a ball hard.  Just a great game to watch and be a part of.”

The 22-year-old struck out seven in improving his overall record to 16-6, one of five pitchers in the minor leagues to have that many wins.  Since the Florida State League All-Star break, he is 9-2 with a 2.09 ERA.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder was a second-round selection a year ago out of Long Beach State.  His major? Criminal justice.  His hobby? Restoring cars.

1 Comment

It was great to see Chase back in the lineup last night. He brings a leadership, that this team needs.

Werth has been a clutch since coming off the disabled list. When he was signed in the offseason, I really didn’t see the point, but all injuries aside, when he’s played, he’s played hard and well.

Hopefully Eaton can bounce back from some terrible starts, and take down the Mets tonight.

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