Utley Wins It Late for Phillies
- Updated: April 13, 2014
The Phillies were reeling coming into this weekend thanks in large part to a three game sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers. This weekend offered a chance at redemption that the Phillies did not pass up.
They came into the weekend series with the Miami Marlins tied with them for last place in the National League East. After a 6-3 on Friday night, Jimmy Rollins walked the Phils off on Saturday night with a tenth inning home run. Sunday saw Kyle Kendrick take to the mound seeking his first win of the season and to rebound from a horrid start last Tuesday.
He was not helped early by his defense, as Ryan Howard booted a routine ground ball off the bat of left fielder Christian Yelich, putting him at second base with nobody out. It was Howard’s second error in as many games, and pushed the Phils’ season total to 12. Yelich would score on a single by third baseman Casey McGehee for a 1-0 lead.
The fish scored again in the second, when catcher Jeff Mathis singled to right. After being sacrificed to second, Yelich singled Mathis home for a 2-0 Marlins lead.
The Phillies cut the lead in half in the third inning when Ryan Howard went deep to center for a solo shot, his second homer of the season.
Kendrick’s last blemish of the day came in the top of the fifth went first baseman Garrett Jones took him deep for a solo home run, making it 3-1 Miami. Kendrick finished the day going six innings, allowing six hits and three runs, two of them earned. He also struck out seven while walking three. Though he pitched from behind to start, he did not let the game get away from him and kept the Phils in it.
The Phils would tie things up in the bottom of the fifth, when Chase Utley led off with a single. Three batters later, Dom Brown singled to left to put runners on the corners with two men out. Catcher Wil Nieves would bat next, and roped one deep to right field for a two run double.
The Phillies finished with 13 hits today, to go along with six walks to push their team on base percentage to .343, good for fourth in Major League Baseball. Still, they did leave 13 men on base and were 2-10 with runners in scoring position.
The big blow came in the bottom of the eighth, where with two outs, Utley launched a solo shot into the right field seats to put the Phils ahead for good, 4-3. With that home run, Utley is not hitting an even .500 on the year, to go along with a .565 on base percentage and a .875 slugging percentage.
The Phillies bullpen did not allow a run or even a base-runner today, tossing three innings of shutout ball. Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth and recorded a 1-2-3 inning for his third save of the season.
The win pulled the Fightins’ to an even .500 on the year, and out of the last place tie with the fish.
The Phils welcome the division rival Braves to town tomorrow night for a 7:05 start.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
Photo Courtesy of SFGate.com