Chase Utley hit two home runs Tuesday, including a grand slam, in his first game as a visiting player in Philadelphia. The Dodgers beat the Phillies 15-5 and took over first place later in the day when the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants. The box score is here.
Utley, 37, said he wants to play next year.
The latest adjustment to the Dodgers’ starting rotation will see Ross Stripling start Thursday in Philadelphia, followed by Bud Norris Friday in Cincinnati and Brett Anderson on Saturday.
The stars were aligned for the Dodgers to win for the better part of seven innings Wednesday, but the Philadelphia Phillies came back to win 6-2. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
Here’s what they were saying after the game:
Josh Reddick has occupied two spots in the batting order in his brief time as a Dodger, hitting cleanup on five occasions and hitting sixth twice. Today he is batting second.
That seems like an odd place for a player who has two hits in his last seven games, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hopes that a change will do Reddick good.
“It might help,” Roberts said. “I feel that Josh has always been an on-base guy. Yeah, maybe a different visual in the lineup to focus on just getting on base. I think he might be pressing a little bit here, but I still know that he’s always gotten on base and he’s going to work himself out of it.”