Saturday, June 11, 2011

2011 Topps Kimball Champions #KC-9 Chase Utley

Phillies 7, Cubs 1
Game 65 - Saturday Afternoon, June 11th in Philadelphia

One Sentence Summary:  Chase Utley drove in four runs and Cliff Lee cruised against the Cubs as the Phils won, 7-1.

What It Means:  The Phils have taken two out of three from the Cubs and they'll go for the series win tomorrow afternoon.  Their record is now 39-26, so they'll maintain at least a two game lead over the Braves no matter what happens tonight in Houston.

What Went Right:  Lee (6-5) didn't let a rain delay at the outset of the game throw off his rhythm.  He allowed just four hits and one run in his eight innings of work while striking out seven.  The Phils scored twice in the first thanks to Utley's two-run double.  They added a pair in the seventh on an RBI-single from Ryan Howard and an RBI-double from Raul Ibanez.  Utley added a two-run home run to cap a three-run eighth.

The tarp comes off - Our view from Harry the K's
Featured Card:  I received this card in March from The Other World back when Topps Series 1 was still all the rage.  My kind wife bought a blaster of Topps Series 2 for me this afternoon from Target and I plan to open it shortly.  I'd love to add the Series 2 Kimball Champions Phillies cards to my collection, as I think these old-timey cards look much better than the Gypsy Queen offering.

Field Report:  In the last field report, I provided valuable information as to how to avoid questionable hot dogs during a Dollar Dog game.  Tonight's hot Citizens Bank Park tip has to do with what to do and where to go during a rain delay.  With thunderstorms threatening as we approached the ballpark, Jenna and I decided to dine at Harry the K's.  Harry the K's is the sit-down dining establishment located beneath the scoreboard in left field and named for former Phillies broadcaster and Hall of Famer Harry Kalas.  We walked right in, got a seat with a great few of the field and ordered our food and beverages.

On the face of the menu, there's a bit of text informing patrons their stay should be limited to 90 minutes.  This afternoon, 90 minutes was all the time we needed to enjoy some nachos, the fiesta chicken salad and a few adult beverages - and, most importantly, avoid getting soaked during the rain delay at the outset of the game.  We stayed dry, had a nice meal and caught the first inning from the comfort of our seats at Harry the K's.  This has been another ballpark hot tip brought to you by your friends at The Phillies Room.  (The Phils are 6-3 in games I've attended this year.)

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