The problem is, Chase won't stop being incredible, and suddenly other teams are starting to notice.
"Where's our Chase Utley?" teams like the Angels and Cubs are wondering. Which is odd, given that they have players like Mike Trout and Kris Bryant. Nevertheless, Utley apparently has something their young stars don't, as both appear to be close to acquiring the Phillies second baseman.
It was a concept difficult to get out of our heads while we watched Utley be amazing for yet another evening since returning from his ankle injury. Right off the bat, his home run won Rose Middleton of Philadelphia $1,000 in the Home Run Payoff Inning in the second. It was the Phillies' second run after Ryan Howard's RBI single in the first off Brewers starter and Paper Boy from a 1950s Suburb, Jimmy Nelson.
Jerome Williams, god love him, keeps being the pitcher when I get the recap, so we have slogged through this season together. He has done most of the work, but in my defense, watching Jerome Williams pitch feels a lot like work a lot of the time. He lasted six innings this time, allowing only five hits and two runs, one earned. A pair of RBI singles in the fifth weere his undoing, one of which was courtesy of Scooter Gennett, who for some reason went 4-for-4 tonight.
Utley's magic would continue into the seventh inning, when the Brewers successfully picked him off second. But, tapping into some of those baseball smarts for which Utley is known, he cleverly kicked the ball out of Jean Segura's glove and was ruled safe. Segura was upset, which is interesting, given his historic fandom of complete and utter travesties occurring at second base. A 14-year-old in a full Brewers uniform then ran onto the field to protest, and it was eventually revealed that he was actually Craig Counsell, the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He was ejected and Utley quietly handsomed at second base, until the Phillies of course ended the inning without breaking the tie.
That ended the last real Phillies threat, but the Brewers would return to the basepaths almost immediately. Segura, apparently feeling like he deserved some sort of vengeance, was in the middle of the rally in the bottom of the seventh when Justin De Fratus entered the game. Gennett bunted his way on like an ass and stole second like an ass on a wild pitch. He then assed his way home on Segura's single to make it 3-2.
Gennett would go on to knock in Jonathan Lucroy in the eighth to make it 4-2, and the Phillies could do nothing but watch as Francisco Rodriguez came in and punched them out in the ninth.
After a fun, encouraging second half, the Phillies have lost four of their last five and are on the verge of being swept out of Milwaukee.
Now let's all relax and enjoy the extremely relevant music the Brewers have set up for us.