I have to start with Chase Utley first. This dude, on a night where he reportedly signs an extension with the Philadelphia Phillies, does what Chase does. Of course, I am talking about that game tying pinch-hit in the seventh and that home plate collision with Dioner Navarro. I am glad that Narvarro is OK (x-rays are negative), but that collision was clean. He was standing on top of the plate. That’s baseball folks and that is Chase Utley baseball that the Phils fans have grown to love and will see more of him for the next two (maybe three) years.
Now, moving on to last night’s game and enter the “NEW” Philllies killer-Donnie Murphy. This little dude has now blasted three home runs in two games, including last night’s game winning three run-bomb in the top of ninth for the Chicago Cubs. One positive note, Cole Hamels has finally returned to the Hamels that we all remember. Yup, so much for that winning two games in a row thing for the Phils.
Next up for the Phils to take the ball is Ethan Martin (0-1 12.46). Martin was cruising through the first few innings of his major-league debut last Friday, before hitting a wall in the fifth inning in a 6-4 loss. Martin struck out six batters while allowing just one run on three hits through four innings. He will take on Jeff Samardzija, who is 6-10 on the season with a 3.78 ERA in 23 starts. Jeff is 1-0 with a 2.42 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break. He was a little wild in his last start, walking five batters in six innings, matching a season-high, but he was able to limit the Los Angeles Dodgers to just three runs.