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Altherr-nate universe: Phillies 7 Blue Jays 4

The Phils' rookie outfielder had a big game in what could be Chase Utley's last as a Phillie.

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Chase Utley did not play in what could be his last game wearing a Philadelphia Phillies uniform. There was no grand send-off, with his trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers not officially completed during the Phils' series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Utley will be a Dodger soon, but on Wednesday night, the team got a look at another one of the young players they are counting on to be a productive member of the post-Utley era. And outfielder Aaron Altherr did not disappoint, going 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI double and two-run home run, his first big league hits, in the Phils' 7-4 win over Toronto at Citizens Bank Park.

That is a wickedly quick stroke right there, one that helped Altherr hit .296/.362/.495 in 229 plate appearances at Lehigh Valley this season, following a .293/.371/.480 slash line in 260 PAs in Reading. Called up when the team put Maikel Franco on the disabled list, Altherr came up big in his first start since being called up on Tuesday.

But Altherr was not the only youngster to impress. For the second time in two weeks, young left-hander Adam Morgan shut down the best offensive team in baseball. It was especially impressive because the Jays' right-handed, power-hitting lineup has owned lefties this year, with an MLB-best .821 OPS and wRC+ of 126.

Morgan was crafty, allowing just two earned runs on five hits in seven innings, with three strikeouts and no walks, lowering his season ERA to 3.92. Luis Garcia gave up a couple runs in the eighth to give Ken Giles a save opportunity, which he converted with a scoreless ninth, lowering his ERA to 1.69.

Offensively, the Phillies had no trouble getting to Mark Buehrle, knocking him out after just four innings. Jeff Francoeur and Andres Blanco, two of the few veterans now on the roster, both hit solo homers, and Odubel Herrera and Darin Ruf also added multi-hit games for the Phils.

Of course, for most of the game, all eyes were on Utley, who did not enter the game as rumors swirled of an impending deal to join his former teammate in Los Angeles, Jimmy Rollins. It would have been nice to say goodbye, but the deal is taking longer to put together than the Phillies thought it would.

Hey, thanks for reminding me what I dislike you so much, Dodgers!