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Phillies' Chase Utley Becomes 12th Player in Franchise History with 1500 Hits
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Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley recorded the 1,500th hit of his career in Sunday afternoon's contest against the Atlanta Braves, per MLB Milestones on Twitter.

With one out in the seventh inning and his Phillies down 3-2, Utley singled back up the middle into center field off Braves starter Aaron Harang for the milestone base knock. The moment didn't last long though, as Utley was unceremoniously sent back to the dugout when the next batter, Ryan Howard, hit into an inning-ending double play.

The first-place Braves would ultimately hold on to beat the Phillies 3-2, leaving Philadelphia eight games back of the division lead.

Utley, who has spent his entire 12-year career with the Phillies, is just the 12th player in franchise history to record 1,500 hits with the team. He's moving into some select company on the Phillies' all-time franchise lists, as he's already in the top 10 for both doubles and home runs, per Baseball-Reference.com

Utley has 322 two-baggers, good for seventh place on a list topped by current teammate Jimmy Rollins, who has 470 doubles of his own.

As for home runs, Utley's 223 rank sixth in Phillies franchise history. Teammate Ryan Howard is second with 325, while the great Mike Schmidt sits atop the leaderboard with 548 career home runs, all hit in a Phillies uniform.

 

 

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