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Utley and Sanchez Get Into It, Have A History

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Benches cleared in the third inning tonight in Game 6 of the NLCS after Jonathan Sanchez drilled Chase Utley in the back with a pitch. Utley picked up the ball and flipped it toward the mound as he ran to first base.

Sanchez yelled at Utley, calling it “bull (bleep).”

Utley, who was standing on first base, leaned in toward Sanchez and said, “What’s bull (bleep)?” and shooed Sanchez. But benches cleared, although no punches were thrown. The Giants replaced Sanchez with left-hander Jeremy Affeldt, who worked out of a jam to keep the game tied.

Utley and Sanchez have a history. Here is a excerpt from a story I wrote July 30, 2009, at AT&T Park:

The only drama for the Phillies came in the sixth inning when Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez threw a first-pitch fastball over Chase Utley’s head.

Intentional?

“I don’t know,” Utley said. “I guess you’re going to have to ask him.”

“I lost my release point,” Sanchez said. “It was supposed to be away. I didn’t try to hit him. I have nothing against him.”

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Remain Calm

cody ross.jpgA couple stats for you:

Teams are 52-28 when taking a 1-0 lead in the LCS.

They are 35-4 when taking a 2-0 lead.

Those are not comforting numbers for Phillies fans, but they are no reason to panic. They only mean Game 2 tonight is huge. If the Phillies win Game 2, it’s even. And teams that take a 2-1 lead in the LCS, which the Phillies would have the opportunity to do if they even the series tonight, are 43-17.

And think back to the last time the Phillies played a seven-game series. They took a 1-0 lead against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the 2009 World Series. I recall some nervous Yankees fans following that Game 1 loss to Cliff Lee, but the Yankees outplayed the Phillies the rest of the World Series.

The Phillies certainly have the ability to do to the Giants what the Yankees did to them.

Of course, they will need to hit Jonathan Sanchez, who is 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA in two starts this season against the Phillies.

“Usually we win Game 1 and find a way to lose Game 2,” Jimmy Rollins said. “Now we have to find a way to win Game 2 and go back out to San Francisco. We don’t get afraid of playing on the road. We’ve won on the road. We’re comfortable there also. So we’ve just got to make sure we get even tomorrow because you don’t want to go down 0-2.”

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Quote of the night from Tim Lincecum about the catcalls he got from Phillies fans: “I was thinking I must have a really nice butt. But I heard a lot of them. It kind of hypes you up a little bit. You’re fighting a lot more than the Philly team. It’s the whole Philly atmosphere.”

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