Final: Phillies 4 - Marlins 3
Losing Pitcher: Mike Dunn (0-1)
Save: Jonathan Papelbon (3)
- Catcher Wil Nieves had a three hit performance including a 2 run double in the fifth.
- Both Tony Gwynn Jr. and Chase Utley also had 3 hits a piece.
- Chase Utley hit the go-ahead game winning home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth off of Marlins reliever Mike Dunn.
- Ryan Howard hit his 2nd home run of the year, an opposite field bomb in the 3rd.
- Kyle Kendrick went 6 innings giving up 3 runs (2 ER) on 115 pitches.
- BJ Rosenberg followed in the 7th needing only 9 pitches to retire the side in order. He struck out both Giancarlo Stanton and Garrett Jones.
- After his walk-off home run last night, Jimmy Rollins went 0-5 leaving 5 men on base this afternoon.
- The Phillies as a team left 13 men on base.
- Chase Utley is currently batting .500 on the season (20 for 40). He has hit safely in every game he has played this season.
Kyle Kendrick threw 6 quality innings, giving up 3 runs, including a solo shot by Marlins' first baseman Garrett Jones. He pitched well, but got himself into a pitch count issue which forced him out of the game an inning early in my opinion. He had way too many 3 ball counts- something that will need improvement going into this west coast trip which will feature his next start.
There was an issue in the bottom of the sixth when Tony Gwynn Jr. was thrown out at home while it seemed that Marlins' catcher Jeff Mathis was blocking the plate before he had the ball. Gwynn was dead out, but the issue came when Ryne Sandberg came out to ask for a review. He was not challenging the play, but simply asking for a review, but it was determined that it was not as extreme a block to overturn the ruling on the field. The right call in my opinion, but Gwynn should have never been sent home on the play. He was slowing up as he approached 3rd, the ball was bobbled, then he was sent home and two magnificent throws nailed him at the plate.
The story of the day, and the story of the Phillies season so far has been Chase Utley. He is now hitting .500 (20 for 40) with a slugging percentage of .875 and an OPS of 1.440. It's hard to think of maybe the Brewers series would have been a little bit different if the Phillies had Utley in the line up for all three games.
Next Game: Tomorrow, Monday April 14th @ 7:05pm against the Atlanta Braves.
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