Now it's up to Utley and Ryan Howard to try to lead the Phillies
where Abreu never could -- the postseason.
Utley homered and extended his hitting streak to 31 games, and
Howard hit his NL-leading 35th homer to help the Philadelphia
Phillies complete a doubleheader sweep over the Florida Marlins 9-2
In the opener, Mike Lieberthal hit a grand slam, leading the
Phillies to an 11-5 win.
"I think our guys are up," manager Charlie Manuel said. "They
don't want to lose teammates, but they had a lot of life today."
With Abreu traded earlier in the day to the New York Yankees,
Utley and Howard continued to show they are the future of the
Utley extended the longest hitting streak in the major leagues
this season with a sixth-inning RBI single that chased Marlins
starter Brian Moehler (5-8). Utley, who tied the second longest
streak in team history, scored on Howard's two-run homer off Renyel Pinto.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins has the longest streak at 38 games -- the
final 36 of last season and the first two this year. Ed Delahanty
had a 31-game run in 1899.
Utley added a solo shot, his 21st, in the seventh inning for an
8-2 lead. Howard then narrowly missed his second homer of the game,
doubling off the 401-foot sign in center field.
Utley doubled and tripled in the first game of the doubleheader.
"I guess there's some kind of plan going on, but right now with
all the guys in the clubhouse, that's what we've got, so that's
what we're going out with," Howard said.
Josh Willingham hit his 15th homer of the season and third in
the doubleheader for the Marlins.
"It's a long season and the pressure is new for a lot of our
guys," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. "I've told them
September will be the toughest month."
Rollins' 12th homer of the year in the sixth tied it at 2. Shane Victorino added a pinch-hit, two-run single, keying a six-run sixth
against three Marlins pitchers.
In his first start since July 1 after going on the disabled list
with a sprained right foot, Moehler allowed four runs and struck
out six in 5 1/3 innings.
The Phillies played both games without Abreu, who watched the
first game from the dugout.
The two-time All-Star was traded with starting pitcher Cory Lidle to the Yankees for four minor league prospects during the
"It's tough to leave a place when you've been here so many
years," Abreu said.
After the trade was announced to the crowd before the ninth
inning, Abreu came out to a standing ovation. The right fielder
smiled and seemed touched by the response, and a few teammates
applauded on the field.
"It made me feel so good," Abreu said. "I feel so
appreciated. They've been good to me."
Lidle also came out and waved to the crowd.
Howard tied a major league record with five walks in the opener.
The NL home run leader was intentionally walked in the eighth to
load the bases for Aaron Rowand, who hit a two-run double that made
The Phillies have won five of six and trail Cincinnati by five
games in the wild-card standings.
"We're still in the wild card," general manager Pat Gillick
Abreu was scratched from the lineup about 10 minutes before the
opener of the day-night doubleheader. Abreu (.277, eight home runs,
65 RBIs) stayed in the dugout, chatting and joking with players on
the bench. He received some hugs and cheered when Lieberthal hit a
grand slam in the fourth.
And Abreu was all smiles when Utley doubled in the fourth inning
off starter Anibal Sanchez (4-1) to extend the streak.
All of that seemed to overshadow the return of 2003 All-Star
Randy Wolf, who made his first start in more than a year after
having surgery on his left arm. Wolf labored in his first start
since June 11, 2005, throwing 97 pitches in 4 1/3 innings.
"I had butterflies, but I felt fine out there," Wolf said. "I
wanted to be aggressive, but I was probably nibbling too much. My
command was not that great."
Wolf allowed three runs and three hits. He walked five and
struck out four. Aaron Fultz (2-0) allowed two runs in 2 1/3
innings of relief.
Willingham hit two homers and drove in four runs for the
Miguel Olivo's solo homer gave the Marlins a 2-0 lead. Utley led
off the fourth with a double and scored on Rowand's RBI double.
With the bases loaded, Lieberthal hit his fourth career slam and
first in three years into the left-field seats for a 5-2 lead.
Sanchez allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.
"We didn't throw strikes, we got down in the count," Girardi
said. "You can't do that in this ballpark or you're in trouble."
Phillies RHP Ryan Franklin was designated for assignment.
... Dick Allen (Aug. 16, 1968) and Von Hayes (July 6, 1990) are the
other Phillies to walk five times in one game. ... The Phillies
recalled OF Michael Bourn and RHP Scott Mathieson from Triple-A
Scranton Wilkes-Barre to fill the open roster spots. ... RHP Chris Reop pitched an inning in the first game, then was optioned to
Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Moehler.