Ten Runs in Utley’s Return. Coincidence?
“I don’t know if it was his presence or not, but somebody did something right. So we’ll give him credit, all right?” – Charlie Manuel.
The Phillies had not scored more than three runs in a game since May 13, but Chase Utley rejoined the Phillies’ lineup tonight and they scored 10 against the Reds. Crazy, huh? Of course, Utley went 0-for-5. He was the only starter in the lineup not to get a hit, and that included Cole Hamels. But there certainly was an energy at the ballpark. Offense always creates energy. Whenever the Phillies are in a slump people always ask Manuel about the team looking flat. He said it’s tough not to look flat when you’re not scoring runs. Agreed.
Utley should help them do that. He seemed to help last night, even if he didn’t get a hit.
Manuel said Utley is scheduled to play tomorrow. Two in a row of four runs or more? We’ll see.