Just a day after manager Ryne Howard had to answer for Chase Utley's rare lackadaisical play in the field, the Phillies second baseman put them on the board early in Monday's series-opening contest in Milwaukee with a two-run blast to right. With Cole Hamels looking sharp, that early cushion would help the Phillies on to victory.
As you can see in the nice advertisement if you've got to get away courtesy of AP photographer Morry Gash, Ryan Braun came awfully close to bringing that one back in the yard. (video of the effort here)
Ken Giles Impresses In Tight Spot
Rookie fireballer Ken Giles impressed in perhaps his biggest challenge in the majors last night. He came on in relief of Cole Hamels to get the final out with men on and got Rickie Weeks to fly out to end the inning. Then he faced the heart of the Brewers' imposing lineup in the 8th and allowed a double to Braun but got the job done once he started working his slider real nicely. The winning pitcher on the evening was impressed.
“He’s very impressive,” Hamels said. “Any time you know he’s coming in the ballgame you can definitely sit back and watch and know that you’re in good hands because he’s got amazing stuff.
“You can kind of tell with his presence out there he really wants to get the job done and he’s confident with what he’s got. He doesn’t have that fear, that uncertainty. He’s good. He’s going to be somebody that’s going to be in the back of that bullpen for a really long time for the Phillies and he’s going to put up some good numbers.”
So times may be tough but we've still got Chase putting in Man-like performances, Cole earning his paycheck, and Ken Giles showing us that the future isn't all dark.
More on the win here.