Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 Donruss Career Stat Line #62 Chase Utley

Phillies 4, Marlins 3
Game 12 - Sunday Afternoon, April 13th in Philadelphia
Record - 6-6, 3rd Place, 2 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  Chase Utley's solo home run in the eighth broke a 3-3 tie and gave the Phillies an eventual 4-3 win.

What It Means:  When the series started, the Phillies were in the midst of a four-game losing streak and they had sole possession of last place.  Heading into the upcoming series against the first place Braves, the Phils are back at .500 and two games out of first.

What Happened:  Utley is absolutely on fire right now and his late home run capped a 3 for 4 day at the plate.  Back-up catcher Wil Nieves contributed a clutch two-run double in the fifth to tie up the ballgame and Ryan Howard starting the scoring with his second home run of the year in the third.

Jonathan Papelbon, who looked extremely shaky at the start of the season, pitched a perfect ninth to record his third save.

Featured Card:  This is the shiny and numbered parallel card to Utley's Donruss base card.  There are only 217 of these cards out there, with that number corresponding to Utley's career home run total entering the 2014 season.  He's already tacked three onto that tally so far this season.

Transaction:  Reliever Justin De Fratus was optioned down to the IronPigs before the game, with reliever Luis Garcia taking his spot.

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