Grand return for Utley as Dodgers pound Phillies 15-5

 

Chase Utley provided all the highlights on Tuesday night in his return to Citizens Bank Park, as his two home runs, including a grand slam, propelled the Los Angeles Dodgers (66-52) to a 15-5 victory over our Philadelphia Phillies (56-64).

Vince Velasquez got the start and the loss for the home team, struggling again as he faced the same team that knocked him around for nine earned runs just a week ago in California. He tossed four shutout innings before things started unraveling, and ultimately would be responsible for five earned runs before being pulled in the 6th. On the positive side, his stuff looked good and he did strike out 10 while walking just one, but it was just one of those nights where the Dodgers’ bats couldn’t be denied.

Utley got a huge ovation leading off the game before striking out looking, and things were looking good for the Phillies as Cameron Rupp knocked his 14th homer of the season in the 2nd to make it 1-0, but Utley made it 3-1 Dodgers in the 5th and it was all downhill from there, as Utley’s grand slam highlighted a eight run Dodger 7th inning to turn the game into a laughter. Cesar Hernandez and Ryan Howard added garbage time homers, but ultimately this was Utley’s night.

Notables:

  • It might’ve been fun to talk about being “only six games out of the wild card,” but stop. Even before tonight’s loss, fangraphs.com gave the Phillies a 0.0% chance of making the playoffs. This team has exceeded expectations, but the focus should continue to be on watching these young players develop and avoiding any more serious injuries.
  • Elvis Araujo took the brunt of the damage in the 7th, giving up six earned runs in less than an inning. His numbers have been tumbling, sporting a 7.27 ERA over his last 26 innings.

Next Up:

Jake Thompson (1-1, 8.68 ERA) makes his 3rd MLB start and looks to build off his first win. He’ll be opposed by the Dodgers’ Scott Kazmir (9-6, 4.44 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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