By Kamila Czachorowski
TRENTON — On Aug. 5, the Trenton Thunder lost 7-1 to the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Judging by the cheers and clapping, the majority of the crowd was supporting -Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, who was temporarily playing for the Reading Fightin’ Phils. Utley suffered an ankle injury in June and has begun the process of working back up to the major leagues.
After an uneventful first inning, the Phils scored twice in the top of the second on a two-run home run by Destin Hood. The Thunder responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning, making it 2-1. From there, everything got much worse for the home team.
The turning point of the game came in the fifth inning, when Utley stepped up to the plate with two outs. The crowd went wild. Utley singled, advanced to second on a base hit and scored on a two-run double by catcher Andrew Knapp. By the end of the fifth, the Phils were leading, 4–1.
The Phils continued to score, and the Thunder never caught up.
Between innings, fans were entertained by a number of stunts and contests. One activity featured a race between the Trenton Thunder mascot and a young boy. Another featured a man and a woman spinning around a bat and racing towards a finishing line. Hilariously, they both fell before establishing equilibrium. The mascot also sat on a guy in the stands, then messed up his hair.
It all proved enough to keep many fans interested, despite the anticlimactic game.
The presence of Utley, a fan favorite, didn’t hurt either. When he came up to bat for the first time, a girl in the stands screamed, “I love you, Chase!”