Chase Utley can still baseball, folks. He still Kashmirs, he still infields and his still hits dingers.
On a late night in Los Angeles, the Phillies faced Utley and the Dodgers for the first time since his trade last year. He finished 1 for 4 with a solo home run, his eighth of the year.
Intermittent rookie Zach Eflin started for the Phils, and was hit hard, allowing seven runs in three innings, including five in the first. Corey Seager homered, kicking off a hit parade that ended with the pitcher, Julio Urias, recording an out at the plate before taking the mound.
In the third, after Utley’s dinger made if 6-1, the Phils struck back, plating three. Eflin led off with a double, Aaron Altherr walked and Maikel Franco reached on a fielder’s choice with no outs recorded. Then Tommy Joseph hit one right back to Urias, who picked it, but bobbled the throw, allowing Eflin and Altherr to score. Cameron Rupp followed with an RBI single, to make it 6-3.
That was the high water mark for the Phillies, though, as Eflin allowed a third home run, to Yasmani Grandal, in the bottom of the third. Severino Gonzalez pitched three clean innings, allowing only a single hit; but with Michael Mariot pitching in the seventh, Seager hit his second homer of the day (and 21st of the season).
The Phils got one more back in the eighth, with a Joseph home run off Pedro Baez;
but would give it right back in the bottom half with an RBI double off Luis Garcia.
Final score: 9-4.
In the meantime, USA Swimming kicked some serious ass at the Olympics, so we can call that a win.
With the loss, the Phils drop to 52-62, while Los Angeles improves to 63-49. Game two of this west coast series is tomorrow night, as Vincent Velasquez takes the mound against Kenta Maeda.