Chase Utley: July 9, 2009
Looking lethargic for the first two and a half innings in front of the home crowd, the Phillies got a spark from “The Man”. With two outs and bases empty, Utley drilled a pitch deep to center field off the wall. The ball caromed and rolled towards right-center field and Utley circled the bases easily for his 20th home run of the season.
The Phillies went on to win the game, 9-6 to improve to 45-38 on the season. Utley would provide further dramatic home runs later in the season, tying a record held by a New York Yankees legend.
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Chase Utley: October 28, 2009
The defending World Series champions took got off to a hot start in the 2009 Series. Chase Utley started the scoring with a solo shot off CC Sabathia in the third. He also deposited an 0-2 pitch from Sabathia in the sixth into the seats. The two solo shots provided enough for Cliff Lee, who pitched a complete game, allowing an unearned run on six hits.
Unfortunately, the Phillies lost the World Series in six games. Utley went on to hit .286 in the World Series with seven runs scored and eight RBI and .296 for the entire postseason in 54 at-bats.
Chase Utley: November 2, 2009
Down three games to one in the World Series, the Phillies forced a game six mainly due to the bat of Utley. Having already hit three home runs in the Series, Utley blasted a three-run shot in the bottom of the first, putting the Phillies ahead 3-1.
Heading to the bottom of the seventh up 5-2, Utley provided insurance and tied history in the process. He took a Phil Coke pitch of the park to right-center field for his fifth home run of the World Series. That tied Reggie Jackson for most home runs hit in a single World Series.