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Chase Goes Yard Twice; Phils Blow It

Sep 2, 2006, 5:14 PM EDT

It was a great start to what is sure to be a busy weekend at Citizens Bank Park.  The Phillies took the day game on Saturday by a score of 3-2.  Chase Utley put all of the Phils runs on the board with a 2 run HR in the first and a solo shot in the 5th.  Shane Victorino is a spark plug.  He had 4 hits and was his usual stellar self in the outfield with a clutch double play.  Pat Burrell also flashed some leather with a key diving catch of his own (although upon replay it looked like it hit the grass).

Remind me to never start penning a post in the top of the 9th inning.  I should know better.  Arthur Rhodes gave up a two run bomb to Adam LaRoche to blow another save chance for the Phils.

Just when the Phillies have the wild card in sight, just when you think they can get into a winning groove down the stretch, they continue to stumble.  John Marzano went on a rant on WIP after the game questioning Charlie Manuel’s move to use Arthur Rhodes in the 9th.  He suggested keeping Madson in, throwing Lieber out there for the 9th, or even going with Geary.  After the past two games, one would find it hard to argue with Mr. Marz.

Phils lose the Saturday day game to the Braves 4-3.  [ESPN Boxscore]