Every starter, with one exception, collected at least one hit. The lone holdout was Chase Utley, who went 0-for-5 in his long-awaited season debut. Nonetheless, his presence spurred the NL East leaders to their most runs in one game since April 29.
Utley received a long and loud standing ovation from the largest regular-season crowd ever at Citizens Bank Park.
“I tried to tune it out, but it was a little too loud,” Utley said of the deafening roar that accompanied his first at-bat of the season. “I’ll take that any time. The crowd was outstanding, as usual.”
The question now becomes whether or not Utley’s knee can hold up to the every day grind. Utley expects to get more days off than most players and might not play day games after night games. Other than that, he’ll be back in the line-up, just as Phillie fans want it.