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.
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.
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.
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