Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 Topps Heritage #72 Chase Utley

Phillies 13, Orioles 4
Spring Training Game 27 - Saturday Afternoon, March 23rd in Sarasota
Record - 13-13-1

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies belted five home runs - two were contributed by Chase Utley - as the team defeated the Orioles, 13-4.

What It Means:  It means that I'm hopeful that some of this production carries over into April.

What Went Right:  Joining Utley in the home run parade were Domonic Brown, with his spring leading 7th home run, Ryan Howard and Yuniesky Betancourt.  Aaron Cook started the game and pitched 4 2/3 effective innings.

Elsewhere . . . What Went Wrong:  In a minor league game, Roy Halladay continued his woeful spring.  Eleven of the 18 Blue Jay minor leaguers he faced on Saturday morning reached base and the adjective used the most to describe his performance was "labored."  Halladay says he's ready for the regular season, and like it or not, we'll find out soon enough.

Featured Card:  By my tally, I featured an Utley card in four game summary posts following a Phillies win throughout the entire 2012 season.  I'm hoping for big things in 2013 from Utley, in what could be his final season with the Phillies.  Hopefully he's featured in a lot more than four game summary posts this year.  This is his 1964 Topps-inspired Heritage card released almost a month ago.

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