See, this is what’s wrong with following a game on ESPN’s Gamecast. Apparently, what was initially ruled a fielder’s choice in the seventh inning was later ruled a single. And so Chase Utley has extended his hitting streak to 34 games. Of course, I didn’t find out that Chase’s hit had been ruled a single until the ninth inning. I spent two innings praying that Chase would get another chance to get a hit, only to find out he already got that hit.
Of course, Chase being Chase, he singled off of Jason Isringhausen in the top of the ninth. From ESPN.com:
Utley was 0-for-4 when, with the Phillies leading 11-7, he hit a bouncer to the third-base side of the pitchers’ mound. Reliever Randy Flores, a left-hander, grabbed the ball with his glove hand as his momentum carried him toward third. He briefly hesitated to check a runner on third, then turned and threw wide to first.
Official scorer Mike Smith initially ruled it a fielder’s choice — the scoreboard nevertheless credited a hit — but after watching replays Smith changed his call to a hit.
The controversy turned out to be for naught when Utley singled up the middle in the ninth inning to finish the game 2-for-6.
Wow, this is awesome. The streak lives on.