It wasn’t the Chase Utley play at the plate in the 2008 World Series, but Cesar Hernandez came close on a throw to home for the Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies fans had flashbacks to Chase Utley in the 2008 World Series on Tuesday night when Cesar Hernandez pulled a web gem of a play.
Quick set up of what happened in the top of the first inning between the Phillies and Braves: Vince Velasquez strikes out Ozzie Albies for the first out, but allows a double to Ronald Acuna on a 2-0.
After a strikeout of Freddie Freeman Velasquez forced Nick Markakis to ground a ball to Hernandez, who was playing in shallow right center. With Markakis safe by a mile, Hernandez faked out Acuna on the basepads and made a fantastic play to get Velasquez out of the inning.
Let’s go to the tape, shall we?
Not a bad play at all by Hernandez.
Now, compare it to the play Utley made in game five of the 2008 Worlds Series to get Jason Bartlett out at the plate.
Certainly not a mirror image of each other, but the play was the same design with Hernandez faking the throw to first and drawing the lead runner to head home.
Of course, Twitter had some fantastic reactions to the play by Herandez to end the inning.
Thankfully for Velasquez, he got out of the first inning with just 14 pitches thrown, something that’s plagued him all his career.
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