Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Game 22 - 2003 Upper Deck #591 Chase Utley

Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 4
Game 22 - Tuesday Night, April 24th in Philadelphia
Record - 14-8, 2nd place, 1 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  Robbie Ray struck out 11 Phillies batters in his brief outing as the Diamondbacks prevailed, 8-4, in a soggy, cold game.

What It Means:  This series is rightfully being viewed as the first big test for the new and improved Phillies as the Diamondbacks currently hold the best record in the National League.  The Phils briefly held the lead following a three-run third inning, but the Diamondbacks were largely in control of this game.

What Happened:  Vince Velasquez lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits.  Yacksel Rios faltered for the first time this season, allowing the Diamondbacks to score three times in the eighth and putting the game out of reach.  Aaron Altherr had a two-run double in the third for the Phillies.  Scott Kingery went 0 for 4 to drop his average to .216.

Featured Card:  15 years ago on this date, Chase Utley collected his first big league hit in the form of a grand slam off Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook.  The slam scored Jim Thome, Mike Lieberthal and David Bell while Gabe Kapler was in right field for the Rockies.

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