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First-Inning Utley Homer Helps Power Hamels, Phils Beyond Brewers

Ben Revere kick started the first inning with a single up the middle, advanced on an Andres Blanco sac bunt, and stole third base. A pretty exciting sequence events was topped off by a line-drive homer by Chase Utley, his seventh of the season and first since June 26 to put the Phils up 2-0. That was almost all the Phillies needed. Ryan Howard would plate Utley in the third on a single for a 3-0 lead. Cole Hamels cruised for 6 2/3 IP, striking out seven and only really running into trouble via a Cody Asche error in the fifth. The Brewers put two of their own on the board via a pinch-hit Jeff Bianchi single in the fifth but would be held scoreless for the remainder of the game and the Phils hang on to win 3-2.

Feels Weird to Win, Feels Weirder to See Hits

The Phils win, coupled with the Braves loss, puts them just 11 games out of first place and only thirteen games under .500. All three runs came off lefty Marco Estrada. Blanco, Howard, Cody Asche, and Domonic Brown all had one hit while Revere and Utley chipped in with a pair each. In his last 11 games, Revere is 18-46 (.391) with five steals, a double, and a triple. His two-hit game raised his batting average to .292.

Bullpen Locks All Windows and Doors

I hate to steal a line from the terrific Sixers play-by-play man Marc Zumhoff but this bullpen has been virtually impossible to score on. Ken Giles lowered his ERA to 0.77, tossing an inning and a third with one strike out, allowing one hit. Jonathan Papelbon lowered his ERA to 1.31 striking out one in one inning pitched to notch his 20th save of the year.

The Phillies continue their four-game set with the Brew Crew tomorrow when Kyle Kendrick takes the hill against Wily Peralta.



  1. lefty

    July 8, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I find it ironic that for a couple years this team could get small leads, but the pen was so awful that they could not hold them. Now, most of the time, they can’t score, but have a really good pen. So frustrating isn’t it?

  2. joycedaffodil

    July 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I think most of us fans are still trying to figure out how we got into such a quagmire and in such dire straits. Last place, quite a fall from first. We don’t even have the issue of injuries. We were discussing Charlie during the weekend fiasco, and someone remarked he must be “laughing all the way.”

    I hope the trade dead line comes sooner than later and we can see what fragments are left of the Team. We noticed with interest Jimmy Pop Up sitting with the Manager last night. Things of the future for him???

    • George

      July 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      I think that injuries have a lot to do with this season’s “quagmire.” The core may not be injured this year, but the ongoing issues with players like Utley and Howard in 2012 and 2013 certainly made a difference in what kind of changes could be made and are further limiting changes because no other team is going to bid high on a player with a big injury history. With high salaries, the team has been forced to utilize stopgaps and “make-do” players as part-time replacements. When you’re done with such players, mostly they just have to be released rather than traded for any value. I might also point out that part of this “quagmire” is due to injuries to the top two starters, Hamels, early on, and now Lee. Position player injuries have been few, but do include catcher Ruiz, a very important position, and his reserve, who was doing rather well. Burnett may be less than he should be due to a hernia. Howard has never been right since his Achilles took a vacation, and Utley could be having some unknown knee flareups, because he’s not the player he was earlier in the year. A potential power bench bat, Ruf, has also missed most the year due to injuries.

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