I wonder what Hamels’ reaction to Utley throwing away another potential double play was this time? Did he act like a fan again? Probably not. It is extremely hard to get mad at Chase F’n Utley but seriously, again?! After that happened the icing on the cake was a bases loaded walk to stand as the winning run for the Doyers. Definitely a complete let down. The Phillies 100% threw that game away, no pun intended. Going home with the series tied at one a piece gives us home field advantage though and I still believe we win this series in six games, but hopefully less. Oh well, no more dwelling on the poor showing yesterday, here is a picture after the jump of Russell Martin looking terrified of a baseball.
A slight exaggeration. It was pretty chilly, and definitely un-June-like to those who have never had to stay up all night watching frost as part of their job description. I could have solved my problem by bringing my coat, which I left in my mother’s basement (where I allegedly write my missives) in my hurry to get out the door.
The game wasn’t looking good early. Cole was pitching like crap, so much so that Mike Pelfrey was owning him. Tug, his brother Mike, and I were watching in horror at Chickie and Pete’s praying for something to happen. Well in the 7th inning the Phillies loaded the bases with some help from an error by Carlos Beltran’s mole (more on that later) and didn’t let the opportunity go by the wayside.
Remember this play from Saturday, May 30th? Top of the ninth? Lidge on the mound, leadoff hit, man on first, no outs, 3-run lead, Nick Johnson up to bat? Ringing any bells? Best double play in recent memory.
Thanks again to meech.one of The Fightins for the source video.
– TUG HAINES (@mistertug)
So I occasionally get a wild journalistic hair up my ass and want to do some actual research. When I woke up this morning the first thing I did was sit down to peruse Chase Utley’s fielding statistics because I’ve been concerned about his range, which I believe to be suffering due to his off-season surgery. Assuming I can make head-or-tail out of that gobbledy-gook, there will be more on that later: it may even be too early to tell.
But in my searching I stumbled across something so strange and so funny it makes me believe that I should just stick to my role here at Long Drive as Dr. Jones’s hatchet-man. When I arrived at the Chase Utley Statistics and History Page at Baseball-Reference the first thing that caught my eye was Chase’s middle name, followed by the quite promulently displayed sponsorship of Utley’s stat page. Click the thumbnail below and laugh: