Chase Utley...Still the Man

Monday, June 2, 2008 ·

Picture taken from CSN.com

What doesn't Chase Utley do? Oh yeah, he never gives less than 100%. Tonight, Chase Utley started the scoring with a 2-run line drive home run (he's hit a home run in 5 straight games) and then he ended the game by making his second spectacular diving catch of the game. The Phillies used to long ball to score all of their runs tonight as Pedro Feliz hit it a 2-run home run and Chris Coste followed him up with a solo home run.

Kyle Kendrick pitched well enough to earn his 5th win on the season, but he was chased in the 6th after allowing 2 base-runners who hit him hard. Kendrick gave up 4 earned on only 5 hits, but he did give up solo home runs to rookie phenom, Jay Bruce, and Edwin Encarnarcion. Chad Durbin allowed a double to Adam Dunn to complete Kendrick's line. Chad Durbin pitched well in the 7th, followed by Gordon and Lidge pitching perfect 8th and 9th innings.

Phillies fans, I hope you realize that you may be watching one of the greatest second baseman to ever play the game. We're at least talking about one of the greatest second baseman that the Phillies have ever seen. Utley became the first second baseman ever to hit 20 home runs in less than 60 games. Ever. Let's thank Chase for not signing with the Dodgers when they drafted him in 1997. In Utley's last 8 games, he is batting .419 with 7 home runs and 19 rbis. He's also scored 11 runs during that span. He's also homered in 7 of his last 8 games.

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