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The Stat Line of the Night – 11/02/09 – Chase Utley
Should the Philadelphia Phillies somehow pull off the comeback and beat the New York Yankees for the World Series championship, they will have two people to thank. The first would be left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee, who has yet to lose a game in the post-season, and is responsible for pitching his team to both of their victories thus far in this championship series. The second would be Chase Utley, whose bat seems to be dictating the fate of the Phillies. Last night it brought them the victory they so desperately needed.
It was a do or die situation and Utley was not ready to have his home town fans watch the New York Yankees celebrate a World Series championship on his field. So what did he do about it? Same thing he did in game one. Hit two home runs to lead his team to an important victory. He got things started in the first inning with two runners on, blasting a three run shot to give the Phils an early 3-0 lead, and he wasn’t done there. In the seventh, with his team up 6-2, Utley added some insurance with his second homer of the night. It was the outing the Phillies needed from their second baseman and it was enough to earn him honors as “The Stat Line Of the Night” for Monday, November 2, 2009.
Now the series will shift back to New York on Wednesday for games six, and if needed, game seven on Thursday. The Yankees will send Andy Pettite to the mound looking to close things out, while the Phillies will go to the veteran Pedro Martinez as they look to stay alive. It was expected to be an interesting series that would go down to the wire from the beginning, and now it is about to do that. The only question that remains it will the New York fans get to watch their team win their first championship in the new Yankee Stadium, or will it be the visitors doing the celebrating on Thursday night.