After getting off to a painfully slow start, Chase Utley and the Phils are on a hot streak, with Utley going 5-5 in the team's 5th consecutive win. True they're playing a team many people picked to be the worst in baseball, but we'll take it. Utley had 3 RBI and 2 doubles, taking him to 13 two-baggers on the season, and raised his average from .250 to .296.
The Phils did nearly everything right tonight, with Jon Lieber turning in his second straight solid start since coming out of the bullpen last week. Howard crushed a homer. Rowand took his hitting streak to 13 games. Rollins hit his NL-leading 8th home run. The only negative was--predictably--Matt Smith, who walked three batters and had to be relieved in the top of the 7th. You're telling me there isn't a better LHP than this guy?
The Phils go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, when Cole Hamels goes up against Shawn Hill (1-2, 2.92 ERA).