Sunday, May 17, 2015

2015 Topps #163 Chase Utley

Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 5
Game 38 - Saturday Night, May 16th in Philadelphia
Record - 15-23, 5th Place, 6 1/2 games behind the Mets

One Sentence Summary:  The Phillies rode a rare offensive outburst to a 7-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

What It Means:  The Phils have won four in a row and they'll go for the series sweep this afternoon.  After this series wraps, the team heads out on a ten-day road trip against the Rockies, Nationals and Mets.

What Happened:  Jeff Francoeur homered to start the scoring in the second.  RBI doubles from Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Andres Blanco would follow in the later innings.  Grady Sizemore had a four hit night and scored a run.

Jerome Williams earned the win pitching through five innings, despite the 77 minute rain delay that started in the bottom of the third.

Featured Card:  Utley had two more hits in this game and he's hitting a respectable .280 in his last eight games.  His average is still well north of the Mendoza line at .138 but I'm hoping his recent performance is a sign that he's finally breaking out of his career worst slump.

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