Chase Utley and his hot bat have helped swing the Philadelphia Phillies up into first place in the NL East.
The smoking hot second baseman nailed his major league-leading 18th homer of the season Friday, aiding in the 12-3 win over the division rival Florida Marlins. The left-handed hitting Utley has seen 50% of his dingers come off left handed-pitching, which is also best in the bigs. Just another reason why he leads all NL players in All Star tallies this year... by 100,000 votes.
Ryan Howard and Chris Coste also had a hand in the victory, each smoking three-run shots for the Phils, who won their fifth straight game.
This last win comes partly in thanks to Mark Hendrickson, who unraveled a seven-run second inning before the four-run fourth chased him off the hill completely. Brett Myers earned his first win in six weeks for Philadelphia, surrendering three runs on six hits over eight innings with a season-best eleven strikeouts.
"It’s ridiculous," Myers said. "I feel bad for anybody that has to pitch against us right now."