The Phillies gave Chase Utley a “Chase Utley Night” last night to honor his success while playing with the Phillies. In return, Chase gave the Phillies phans a performance they may never forget. First, he whetted their appetite with a solo home run in the fifth inning to increase the Dodgers lead to 3-1. Next, all hell broke loose in the seventh inning. Reliever Elvis Araujo started the seventh inning with a walk, two hits, got one out, proceeded to hit A-Gon with a pitch, then could not find the plate, walking in two more runs. When the score was already 9-2 Dodgers, Chase Utley came to the plate with bases loaded and two outs. Chase sent reliever Michael Mariot’s pitch into the right field stands for a grand slam home run. The Phillies fans didn’t seem to care that they were down 13-2. They kept making noise until Chase made a curtain call.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers have another game tonight, where they send Scott Kazmir to the bump against rookie Jake Thompson. This will be the righty’s third start in his MLB career.
JhallWally suggests that it’s time to move Reddick down to 6th or 7th in the batting order. I could not agree more. Just put Yasmani Grandal in the cleanup spot and leave him there as long as he is healthy. When Grandal is healthy, he rakes. Since June 30th, Yasmani has hit .327/.449/.740/1.189 (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS) with 13 home runs in 104 at bats during 29 games. That’s what I’m looking for in a cleanup hitter. Not Reddick.
If Grandal gets hurt, like last August, play him if you want, but just move him back down in the order.