Friday, March 18, 2011

2007 Upper Deck #883 Chase Utley

Blue Jays 7, Phillies 6
Spring Training Game 21 - Thursday Afternoon, March 17th in Clearwater

One Sentence Summary:  Cliff Lee, wearing a green jersey, was lit up in the fourth and four Phillies home runs were not enough to overtake the Blue Jays.

What It Means:  The Phillies lost their first non-split squad game since March 5th, breaking a six-game winning streak.  Lee shut down the Jays in the first three innings before running into serious trouble in the fourth.  The Jays scored five runs against the lefty, thanks to an error by Josh Barfield to open the inning and then a double and two home runs.  Lee, who is now 1-2 with a 5.54 ERA this spring, sounded understandably frustrated in his post-game interview.

Top Hitters:  Shane Victorino, Michael Martinez, Erik Kratz and Freddy Galvis all homered for the Phils.

Top Pitchers:  Perhaps both competing for the same opening in the bullpen, leftys Antonio Bastardo and Mike Zagurski each threw scoreless innings.

Featured Card:  Since the mid-1980's, the Phillies have taken the field on St. Patrick's Day donning green jerseys and caps.  The jerseys are collected after the game and then auctioned off for charity.  This 2007 Upper Deck card captures Chase Utley in game action most likely from St. Patrick's Day 2006.  Here's more on the green jerseys from last year.

Other Stuff:  Utley left the team briefly to see a specialist for his injured right knee . . . The Phils are rumored to be interested in Cardinals' outfielder Jon Jay according to Jayson Stark.

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