Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 6/28/12
The fans cheered and cheered as Chase Utley stepped to the plate in the first inning of what would be an 11-7 Pirate victory on Wednesday. He did not disappoint, as he homered on a James McDonald offering. Freak, it was 2012 all over again. I would have cheered my fool head off, too. Utley rang the bell, but instead of being the Phillies savior, he is Quasimoto ringing the bell. But the problem was that Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel had run out of pitchers and had to use reliever Raul Valdez to start. The Pirates took control of the game, feasting on Phillies’ relievers. The day-to-day is not bad, especially when they win, and the deficit is not bad either. Going into Thursday’s game, the Phillies were 36-41, 8.5 games behind Washington. They would have to go 50-35, .700 ball to get to 86 wins. Another loss Thursday, 5-4, as Hunter Pence popped out to center with two outs and a man on third with a chance to tie the game. It ain’t gonna happen. If you stuck the 2012 team into the e...
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