As for the rest of the gang, Kendrick looked a bit shaky tonight. His sinker wasn’t really sinking and I think it was good to pull him early and just unfortunate that Durbin could not hold those 2 runs in after he left. The offense did leave a lot of men on base again, which made the game a lot more interesting than it should have been. A strange base running mistake by Pat Burrell in the 5th to get tagged out, leading to a double play, really didn’t help either. But, thanks to 2 great catches by Utley, his 5th night in a row with a home run, and a huge save, yet again, by Lidge, a win is a win!
And as for Chase Utley, deserving as ever, he has been named the National League Player of the Week for the 5th time in his career and the second time this year. After hitting 5 home runs last week which led the Majors, he became the first second baseman ever in Major League history to reach 20 total home runs in one season in fewer than 60 games. Of course, after tonight’s game, bring that total up to 21 homers! He also had a league leading 14 RBI’s and 25 total bases last week with a slugging percentage of 1.087, coming in 2nd place there. Looks like he is well on his way to All-Star game #3 this year, having topped everyone in the NL in votes at last count. Remember to keep voting. You can VOTE 25 times a day! Let’s see if we can get Pat Burrell in there. How about J-Roll and all the rest of the Phillies too! Keep voting…
And can I have a drum roll please… It is the moment you have all been waiting for! Well, maybe just a few of you anyway J I finally broke down and did the voodoo to the Atlanta Braves! My uncle, a lifetime Braves fan, will just have to deal. I don’t think he is reading this anyway J So, here is J-Roll Smurf, yet again, doing the dirty work! Only this time, he has graduated to a big-boy bat and enlisted the help of “Colemit the Frog” who will hold the Braves rally monkey still while J-Roll Smurf whacks him with the big-boy bat:
So, if all this stuffie toy magic does not keep the Phillies a-top the NL East, then I just don’t know what will! So, no Ken Griffey Jr. tonight…the suspense continues… Go Phillies!