THE PLAY: Reminiscent of 2008, when his two-run homer in the top of the very first inning of the World Series in Tampa had the Phillies off and running early, Chase Utley (injured or not) launched a third-inning CC Sabathia fastball into the rightfield seats to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead, which they never squandered.
THE SETUP: After Sabathia escaped a 24-pitch, bases-loaded first inning, he appeared to settle in. He had retired six consecutive Phillies before facing Utley in the top of the third.
THE AT-BAT: Utley took a fastball high, fouled one back behind the screen and then fouled off a sinker down the first-base line. He took a slider low to even the count at 2-2, then fouled off an inside fastball, a slider down the third-base line and another fastball fouled straight back. He took the eighth pitch of the at-bat high - a fastball - for a ball to work the count to 3-2. He then turned on a 95-mph fastball away that caught too much of the plate, and deposited it neatly a few rows into the rightfield seats.
THE STATS: Utley hit 11 of his 31 regular-season home runs this season off lefthanded pitchers. In his career, 42 of his 119 homers have come off southpaws, as well as three of his six postseason dingers.
THE QUOTE: "I tried to hit his fastball and stay off his slider," Utley told TBS. "The slider is tough to hit. I got two pitches and I didn't miss them. You can't miss them off that guy."