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Utley Leads Fightins’ With Hot Bat

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HItting .500 with three home runs.

HItting .500 with three home runs.

Chase Utley is making Ron a little bit smarter.

The Phillies crawled back to 6-6 with a sweep of the Marlins, and how ’bout that Chase Utley? He’s currently riding a .565 on base percentage, batting .500 (20 for 40) — six doubles, three home runs, 10 RBIs, five walks and just two strikeouts this season.

He went yard in the eighth to put the Phillies over the Marlins, 4-3, in a  beautiful 82 degree day in Philadelphia.

Utley’s game winning dinger came less than 24 hours after J-Roll went yard in Saturday night’s walk off.

The club is starting to mesh.

The team also leads the NL in walks with 49 — a damn good sign that they  hear Sandberg’s message to be patient, work the count, get on base.

Sandberg rode that horse into the Hall of Fame.

Back up catcher Wil Nieves tied the score with a two-run double in the fifth

Back up catcher Wil Nieves tied the score with a two-run double in the fifth

More good news. The Piece hit his second home run of the season, but his three errors lead all first baseman. Back up catcher Wil Nieves doubled to right with two outs in the fifth to score Utley and D-Brown, tying the game at 3.

The bullpen’s young guns B.J. Rosenberg and Antonio Bastardo — along with closer Jonathan Papelbon — combined for three perfect innings in relief. 

Young gun  Justin De Fratus, 7.20 ERA, optioned to Lehigh Valley and sore arm 8th inning set up man Mike Adams to be activated for the Atlanta series.

Young gun Justin De Fratus, 7.20 ERA, optioned to Lehigh Valley . Sore arm 8th inning set up man Mike Adams to be activated for the Atlanta series.

Atlanta comes to town for four, Monday through Thursday. The Phils then go on the road to Colorado, LA, and Arizona, a key road trip early in the season.

But as you know, in Philly, it gets late early.

See full league standings here: http://atmlb.com/1iyNyNV

 

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