The wife of last night’s hero, Chase Utley, told the 610-WIP Morning Show that her husband suffers from the typical bumps and bruises all players have this time of year, but tried to settle conflicting reports on the nature of her husband’s hip.
Utley accounted for all of the Phillies’ runs last night, going 2-for-4 with a two-run shot in the third, his first home run since July 7. A few days ago, Phillies GM Pat Gillick said the All-Star second baseman was playing through a sore hip, which Utley denied, but also acknowledged why reporters would inquire about his health. Utley went hitless during the Mets’ series in the midst of an 0-for-17 skid, and his numbers have been in steady decline since April.
Phillies 2, Nationals 1: I didn’t see it. Let’s just say it was a “dark (k)night” for the Weitzel family. No “joking” around. No baseball, but still near a “bat,” man. So readers have the floor on Brett Myers’ night in Washington.
“Myers used his fastball and located it. The few hits he gave up were over the middle. He primarily used his fastball and pitched a much needed good relatively flawless game. You gotta hope that pitched this well on Sunday Night Baseball.” -- Reed
“Myers didn't pitch in a single situation tonight where he faced any kind of pressure or really had to pitch from the stretch at all. He benefited from a generous strike zone (as did the Nats' starter) and the Nats sat as Myers got ahead in the count with fastballs early.” -- MG
“The Phillies played well enough to win and Myers didn't allow an earned run. You can't discredit everything just because it's Washington. They've lost plenty of times to that team. If you would have preferred a lively 8-7 loss, that's your problem. And it is big for Myers to know that he can pitch deep in a game and get outs. It's been a long time since he had a game like that. It could make a big difference mentally to take that into his next start, instead of the pressure and negative focus of carrying a string or poor starts into it.” -- RSB