Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Play

Phils 9, Rockies 5. . .

The Play

Phils 9, Rockies 5. . .

Good evening from Denver. . .

Another wild one here. Seems like I end up typing that after every game. For what it's worth, the Phillies are 2-0 since they announced Jimmy Rollins was headed to the disabled list. You saw the biggest reason tonight - the play of Chase Utley and Pat Burrell. I won't spend too much time in this space going into the play-by-play of Chase Utley's mind-bending diving stop of a chopper by Rockies infielder Clint Barmes. You can read more about that in the paper tomorrow. But know this: it changed the game. There's no telling how many runs Colorado might have scored. The bases were loaded. There was one out. Kyle Kendrick was getting hit pretty hard. Two runs would have scored on that play alone. Who knows how many would have followed. Utley was his usual low-key self after the game. But everyone from Kendrick to Charlie Manuel to Jayson Werth - who had a pretty nifty play himself - cited Utley's defensive stop as the most important play in the game.

Other things you probably picked up on. . .

Carlos Ruiz was just 10-for-48 before his two-out, two-run double scored T.J. Bohn and Ryan Howard.

The bullpen pitched 4 scoreless innings.

The Phillies are now 10-10. They have a chance to finally get over .500 tomorrow night.

Brett Myers throws tomorrow. He's been fantastic in his previous two starts.

It'll be interesting to see if this team can close out a little two-game sweep.

 

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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