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.