Chase: You Are The Man; Cole: You Are Snakebit

I think the title tells it all after the Phillies latest win, a 7-1 decision over the Washington Nationals. Chase Utley had two homers, while Cole Hamels left in the 5th Inning after rolling his left ankle.

It all started (and maybe ended) with a five-run 3rd Inning on homers by Utley and 3B Pedro Feliz. Meanwhile, Hamels was cruising along into the fifth when Hamels turned his ankle while fielding a bunt from opposing pitcher John Lannan. This comes five days after leaving his last start when Hamels was drilled by a line drive off the bat of Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder.
Utley added a solo homer in the 5th Inning off Lannan, the same pitcher who broke Utley’s hand with a pitch two years ago. The Phils second baseman raised his batting average to .357 with his three hits and leads the team in RBI (20), while being tied for the team lead in homers (7) with Raul Ibanez.
NOTES…
– The Phils are now 15-4 in their last 19 games against Washington.
– Philadelphia has scored 45 runs in their last five games… all wins
– Brett Myers takes the hill tonight against Washington. Myers was 2-1 against Washington last season. In his last start, Myers allowed three runs over 6.0 innings to the Marlins, but a seven-run 9th Inning helps the Phils to a 7-3 win and Myers to a no-decision.

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