Tomas Perez has been an instrumental part of this team for the past few years, providing energy and hits in key situations off the bench for Bowa and the Phightin' Phils. Known for his clutch pinch-hits and solid glove when called upon, Perez is once again holding his own with the starters on this club. Even though he is yet to homer this year, he is batting .263 and has only struck out seven times in 38 at bats. Look for Perez to come through in the clutch when asked to.
Now that we've seen what key individuals have done coming off the bench, lets look into how the unit has performed as a whole during this young season. Through a combined 118 at bats, the Phils reserves have tallied one home run, 22 RBI and 33 hits. The bench is hitting an impressive .280 through the month of April. Who knows where the team would be without the jolts coming from the bench when need be? The biggest jolt this club has received from its role players took place April 24 against the Colorado Rockies. Phils rookie Chase Utley, the second basemen of the future slammed his first career home run, and he did so in style. Launching a ball just over the right field Wall, Utley raced around the bases tallying his first career grand slam. Utley's shot lit a fire under Pat Burrell who also went yard on the afternoon.
Obviously players like Tyler Houston, Jason Michaels, Perez and Utley may not get their chance to shine as often as they may wish on a team loaded with veterans, but when given the chance they find a way to make a name for themselves. Philadelphia's bench will play a key role from here on out, and if a leader on this team needs a rest or isn't producing they are capable of picking up the slack as long as they have to.