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Utley Propels Phils Past Marlins in Extras

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Fri, April 12, 2013 10:30 PM | Comments: 24
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Richie Ashburn Award: Chase Utley
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John Lannan had another solid start for the Phillies. (PHOTO: AP)

Tonight’s game started out pretty well. John Lannan was cruising through the Marlins’ lineup, and the Phils were able to take a 1-0 lead. But then the Marlins tied the game, and then threatened to take the lead a couple times in the late innings. But the bullpen prevailed, and, in the top of the 10th inning, a triple by Chase Utley with a 3-2 count and 2 outs scored Ben Revere from 1st to give the Phillies the go ahead run. He then scored on a Michael Young infield single. Even though it was against the Marlins in extras, a win is a win. I’ll take it.

HOWARD AND BROWN SHOW

Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown have their own celebration, and tonight they both had great nights at the plate. Howard had two doubles, and Brown had a single, an RBI double, and another flyout to the wall that would have been a home run in many other ballparks. If they can produce like they did tonight, and if Michael Young can stay hot in the 5 hole, along with a healthy Chase Utley hitting third, this lineup can be dangerous.

LANNAN & CO WITH A GEM*

* against the Marlins offense

John Lannan went six full innings, giving up just one run. Here’s his full line: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K. Of course, it was against a lineup with Placido Polanco hitting 3rd, followed by Greg Dobbs hitting cleanup, but lets be honest–if this was Roy Halladay, we’d be singing his praises. A good game is a good game in my book. Lannan lowered his season ERA down to 2.77.

Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams, Phillippe Aumont, and Jonathan Papelbon all pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Who said this bullpen was going to stink this year? Also, Aumont recorded his first MLB victory.

NOT A GOOD NIGHT ON THE BASEPATHS

Ben Revere cost the Phillies a chance to score a run in the 5th when he was caught stealing second with one out and runners on first and third. An inning earlier, Justin Ruggiano was picked off of second base shortly after swiping it. And watching Ryan Howard hobble around on the basepaths is still cringe-worthy.

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  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    That was a must win. The Marlins are atrocious.

    Now if either Cole or Doc struggle against this horror show of a Marlins line up its a serious issue.

    No excuses. If cole stinks tomorrow. Hes hurt. I will be AFW M.D. and diagnose that.

    If doc gets lit up sunday time to take him out of the rotation and see if you can fix him if not his career is probably over.

     
    • Posts: 0 G7

      No must wins in April.

       
      • Posts: 0 glutenous

        I disagree. The Phil’s need to take care of business against teams like the marlins. Every game is big when you have the likes of the braves and nationals ahead of you in the division, especially against one of the worst teams in baseball. It all adds up at the end of the season.

         
      • Posts: 0 G7

        162 games..sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains..

         
      • Posts: 0 G7

        Most valuable Phillie hasn’t played a game yet..Dodgers lose Greinke for 8 weeks..buckle up boys.

         
      • Posts: 0 Ken Bland8318@yahoo.com

        While I agree with glutenous’s feeling that you need to take care of business against those you are supposed to in April and beyond, the point about must wins in April is even truer tha that simplicity. When the NFL expanded it’s playoff system to it’s current format, and it’s a while ago in which that took place, it didn’t wind up a 1 season phoenomenon that created much discussion about who would make the tournament, and who wouldn’t. Baseball having joined the publicity generator, it’s going to be a lot to every season occurrence where ore divisions and wild card races come down to a wild finish. We may not know a game is a must win in real time, but we sure as hell might look back at it that way in CAPITAL LETTERS. Think the 4 games the Phils lost and played TERRIBLY at home in June to the Dodgers were’t must wins, or the 3 April games they had leads at the Bank and got swept weren’t?

        That doesn’t mean you lose sleep over losses. On a night where your fate is batting zero, you just pick your chin up off the ground// This might not have been as applicable to the 2010 and ’11 Phils. But for the 4-5 approximate teams that are wild card fringe types, they are all must wins unless they unlikely establish commanding positions. To me, that’s the undisputated reality of the situation.

         
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    Nice to see the big contract with a multi-hit game. Both doubles to boot. Here’s an interesting question, who finishes with more HRs at the end of the season, Howard or Brown?

     
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    If you cant beat the Marlins minus Stanton when they have 4 hits.

    Really

    How good is your team and is there a chance?
    Id have to say no.

    In that regard it was a must win.

    The way howard is hobling around hes a candidate for the DL at some point.

    So that gives Brown some advantage.

    But Id still favor Howard.

    Heres a better one will Utley have a highest OPS on the team this year?

    Very possible.

    Out of all the old broke down guys on this roster. Odds are that at least one will rejuvinate themselves.
    Utley seems to be the best candidate for that so far.

     
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Easy on the caffeine..

       
  • Posts: 0 Bob in Bucks

    I was cringing at the game on Wednesday when he had trouble getting to first base forget about second on a wallbanger. Watching him limp into second tonight tells me that there is a real problem here.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    I was at the game on Wednesday as well and yeah, theres something going on. He wasn’t limping like this during ST, was he? Could be a problem, I’m worried about this. If he hits the DL we could have a Darin Ruf sighting back in Philly. Ruf hasn’t homered yet but he is hitting .308 down in LV right now.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Howard get thrown out at first by the Right Fielder at least once this year.

    Utley could very well have the highest OPS on the team. I’m very pleasantly surprised at his early performance, as I’m sure many are, and I really hope he can sustain his rejuvenation. Shades of pre-2012 Utley.

     
    • Posts: 5231 Lefty

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      glutenous- He limped every game in spring training. He looks no different to me now. If they deemed him “healthy” enough to go in March, then this is the new “100%” for Howard I guess. On the positive side, he did go from first to third on Michael Young’s double the other night.

       
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    meant pre 2010 Utley*

     
  • Posts: 2993 Chuck A.

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    In re: Howard v Brown for the HR total…. Howard.
    In re: Howard with the limp…. He had MAJOR achilles surgery a mere 18 months ago.

     
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Exactly..Like to see him hit the ball to left more, but he’s not going to steal bases, go 1st to 3rd or score from 2nd on a lot of singles..fact..Let the Big Dog hit!

       
      • Posts: 5231 Lefty

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        He just went first to third in M Young’s double 2 days ago. I think he can run straight ahead better than most think, but I don’t think he can stop, cut, or round bases sharply, or even slow to make sure he steps on a base without looking gimpy.

         
      • Posts: 0 G7

        Everyone should be going first to third on a double; otherwise it wouldnt be a double..

         
      • Posts: 5231 Lefty

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        DOH! You got me G7. I guess what I meant to say was that Young could not have taken second without Howard making it to third.

         
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Solid win last night. The bullpen pitched well, but then again no Durbin. ; )

    I really feel that if Revere gets into a groove, Rollins stays steady, Utley and M Young continue to play at their reinvigorated level, Howard finds his groove, brown continues to hit well, an Ruiz returns, that will he a formidable line-up. The only worry I have is right field. Amaro put a lot of faith behind Delmon Young returning to form, let Schierhotlz go, who is a better fielder and arm, and is currently hitting .355 (although he won’t even come close to sustaining that), and wasn’t that much more price-wise than D Young. Just hoping D Young doesn’t burn us.

    Love for the sweep this series. We need to keep pace with the torrid pace of the gNats and Bozos.
    Based on the upcoming schedule, how many starts would you guys give Doc to get it right, before we hit the stretch of solid hitting teams like the Reds, etc.?
    Go Phils!

     
    • Posts: 5231 Lefty

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      According to everything I read, Amaro and Manuel are going to give Halladay the whole year without pulling him. And they always tell the truth to the media right?

       
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    Almost forgot, Lannan has been pretty solid, although the Marlins triple AAA line-up (lol) is not akin to that of the Braves or Reds, he still kept up the level of performance that was expected. Need Cole and Doc to do the same.

     
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Doc gets to make the rules. D Young low risk, paid very little, may provide needed offense. We are not as good as Nats and Braves
      .playing for 2nd wild card.

       
  • Posts: 0 brooks

    I am so without something to do today, covering a very quiet live event for my company – I caught the tail end of the Bravos win, again. This with BJ Upton & Jason Heyward hitting right around .100 and Uggla hitting just about .200.
    What are we looking at here?

     
    • Posts: 0 Devin

      A pretty good team on a hot streak that won’t last.

       
 
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