July 25, 2004

No no-no, but a win-is-a-win-is-a-win

Phillies pitcher Eric Milton takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning in front of a sell-out crowd at Citizen's Bank Park. /Photo: BPF staff

VIRGINVILLE, Pa. - It should put a smile everyone's face remembering how Milton gave it extra gas in the 7th and 8th, with the atmosphere electric and something important on the line.

Through eight, Milton was luring hitters to swing through his pitches or pop up, incredibly, against a lineup of righties who entered the game on a tear.

No "buts" about "Uts"
I'd rather forgive and forget Glanville's 9th inning. So no "buts" from me today.

Chase Utley played inspired ball, including another remarkable HR off a good pitch from a great pitcher.

Not to dismiss the nice play on the grounder up the middle; I also liked how he took charge of that high pop-up tp preserve the no-hit bid.

A.J. Feeley Avenue
Everyone once in a while, an athlete in Philadelphia can ride down easy street, and Utley's in a Corvette these days. He certainly has the fans in his corner and seems to be responding with confident play. Let's see if he can do the same at in the deep outfield of Pro Player and whether Bowa will let him ride this momentum.

The little things Abre-u
Bobby didn't have much to do with this one, but he tied for the league lead in outfield assists in the first inning.

One aspect of his game, that helps in a small way, is how he crowds the plate with his head, arms and elbows. It makes it more difficult for the catcher to throw when a baserunner goes for second.

Big, blue sox
Mark Prior and his monster calves walked out ot Citizens Bank Park with no decision. He gave the Phils some opportunities to hit early on with curves that didn't break. He settled down around the fourth inning and looked solid until Utley's blast.


At 3:50 PM, Blogger Tom G. said...

Come to think about it, you are right about Abreu's batting stance, it's almost as if he is hovering his upper torso over the top of the strike zone. Good point.


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