June 30 Camden Courier-Post
“The Phillies insist they’re a resilient team. They’d rather not have to keep proving it.
They overcame Chase Utley and Placido Polanco going on the disabled list, and Brad Lidge’s blown save to beat the Reds 9-6 in 10 innings Tuesday with contributions from the most unlikely of sources.
Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez each hit a three-run homer. Valdez also drove in a run in the 10th for a career-high four RBIs.
Schneider is filling in for catcher Carlos Ruiz, on the DL with a concussion, and Valdez is replacing Utley, who has a sprained thumb ligament.
“That’s what you have to have,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. “When those regulars miss time like that, the guys who fill in have to contribute, and they have to contribute good.”
Utley has long been one of the most productive offensive second basemen in baseball while Valdez came into the season with one home run in 369 plate appearances. He hit his third of the season in his last six starts.
“I’ll take it,” Valdez said. “(Reds starter Mike Leake) made a mistake and I hit it.”
Then he added with a laugh: “I called it.”
While Schneider probably has more power than Ruiz, he’s no longer considered an everyday catcher. He’s been around long enough to know that when there’s an injury, it’s up to reserves like him to make sure the team keeps winning.
“We’ve played with injuries all year long,” said Schneider, who hit his second homer of the season, all in the last four days. “It’s been an uphill battle. But you’re not going to see any quit from us.””