Phillies Notes: Utley makes Dodgers pay for mistake

Posted: May 25, 2014

Phillies second baseman Chase Utley made the most of a major reprieve. After Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis dropped his first-inning foul pop, Utley drilled a home run to right field in a 5-3 win at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was Utley's first home run since April 13, but he now has 13 extra-base hits in his last 14 games.

"Obviously it gives you more life, and you want to try to take advantage of it," Utley said. "Sometimes you do and don't."

This time he did, blasting an 85-m.p.h. cutter.

"It was a cutter that I was able to get the barrel to and get up in the wind," Utley said.

Utley, who has hit safely in 36 of 43 games, is batting .333 with four home runs and 24 RBIs. He leads all second basemen in the majors by a wide margin with a .945 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

Brown down

Leftfielder Domonic Brown was removed from the game after striking out in the bottom of the sixth inning. He had back spasms and is listed as day to day.

Brown said he initially hurt his back while batting in the first inning.

He was in noticeable pain during his final at-bat.

"It tightened up on me and started to get a little worse," said Brown, who hopes he won't be out long.

Roster moves

To make room for the addition of pitcher David Buchanan to the 25-man roster, righthanded relief pitcher Luis Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right-forearm strain.

Garcia labored in one inning of work during a 14-5 loss Wednesday at Miami. He allowed four earned runs and threw 49 pitches, just 23 for strikes.

Asche out

Cody Asche was out of the lineup for the second straight game, and manager Ryne Sandberg said the third baseman tweaked his hamstring.

Sandberg said the hamstring flared up Friday.

"Cody has a little bit of a tweak in his lower hamstring that he had last month," Sandberg said. "It was something that went away in a day or two, so [we are] trying to take care of him and get that behind us in a two-day span."

Sandberg said he was checking with Asche day-to-day to see how he is feeling.

More roster moves

It appears as if the Phillies will be making more changes. By placing Garcia on the DL, they have just six relievers and six bench players. Sandberg said he would prefer to have another arm in the bullpen.

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