Utley Goes Deep for Sixth Walkoff Hit, First since ’07


Chase Utley hit a two-run, walkoff home run in the 14th inning last night to beat the Marlins.

It had been a long time coming, in more ways than one.

He entered the night hitting .225 with one double, one home run, seven RBIs and a .568 OPS in 92 plate appearances since June 2, so he was due for a big hit, if not a big hit at a big moment.

“I’m trying to build some comfort at the plate,” he said. “You go through some funks and you try to battle through them.”

It was Utley’s sixth walk-off hit of his career, but his first since Aug. 30, 2007, when he singled against Mets closer Billy Wagner to score Tadahito Iguchi in a memorable 11-10 victory in a memorable run to the postseason. It was the third walk-off homer of Utley’s career, his first since Sept. 4, 2006, against Houston’s Dave Borkowski.

Utley fouled off a first-pitch fastball from Marlins right-hander Chris Hatcher, but swung and missed badly at an 0-1 fastball.

He recovered nicely, sending the third pitch into the seats.

“It was good to see him regroup, get a pitch he can really handle,” Ryne Sandberg said. “He’s a grinder. Three RBIs on the game, scrapped out a hit and a big shot at the end. Right man at the right spot.”

3 Comments

The Mets? When I fell asleep they were playing the Marlins. How long was I out?

SO glad I was at this game! Worth the almost 5 hour wait! And, who knew there was a 14th inning stretch? Those of us who stuck around, were singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” quite loudly. :-)

Utley did have a walk-off last year, on August 23. It was on a walk, though, so it’s still the first game-ending hit since seven seasons ago.

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