Utley, Phils take bats to record book

Utley, Phils take bats to record book

PHILADELPHIA -- No postseason record seems safe from these Phillies, who are heading to their second straight World Series after Wednesday's 10-4 win over the Dodgers.

They made more history in the final game of the National League Championship Series. With a first-inning walk, second baseman Chase Utley reached base in his 25th consecutive postseason game, tying Boog Powell's record that stood for 38 years.

The Phillies scored 35 runs in the series, the most in a five-game LCS. And Los Angeles and Philadelphia combined for seven home runs Wednesday, tying an LCS single-game record.

Indeed, the two teams had more four-base hits than singles. Shane Victorino just missed a home run in the eighth inning -- the umpires awarded Victorino a double after ruling that a fan reached over the fence to touch the ball -- or else they would have had the record books to themselves.

"That's pretty sad, huh?" joked Phillies starter Cole Hamels, who gave up solo shots to Andre Ethier, James Loney and Orlando Hudson.

"It means that when guys are getting the pitches to hit, they're hitting them. Both of these teams know how to hit the long ball, and we showed it today."

Big-boppin' battles
Most combined home runs in an LCS game
HR Clubs Date
7 Phillies (4), Dodgers (3) 10/21/09
7 Red Sox (4), Rays (3) * 10/11/08
7 Mets (4), Cardinals (3) 10/15/06
7 Marlins (4), Cubs (3) * 10/7/03
6 Yankees (4), Angels (2) * 10/19/09
6 Yankees (4), Red Sox (2) 10/16/04
6 Yankees (3), Red Sox (3) * 10/16/03
6 Orioles (3), Yankees (3) 10/13/96
* -- extra innings

Utley, too, showed his capabilities, even if he struggled after drawing the five-pitch walk against Dodgers right-hander Vicente Padilla. The free pass helped set up Jayson Werth's three-run home run two batters later.

Utley went 0-for-4 in his first career playoff game in 2007 and has reached in every contest since. Over the 25 games, he is 23-for-90 (.255) with 23 walks and one hit-by-pitch. That gives him an on-base percentage of .412 during the streak, or over 30 points higher than his regular-season total.

Utley had hip surgery in the offseason, so when he hit just .193 after Sept. 1, people wondered whether he might be feeling the effects of playing virtually every day.

But during the 2009 playoffs, he's 10-for-33 (.303) with one home run, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

"Winning is the most important thing," Utley said. "It's always special to get to this point and go to the World Series. ... But yeah, I did work hard this offseason to prepare my body for this season, and it held up extremely well, so I have to be proud of that."

David Gurian-Peck is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.