My subscription to has expired, so I was forced to “watch” tonight’s Phillies game on ESPN’s Gamecast. And Chase Utley, he of the 33 game hitting streak, just grounded into a fielder’s choice in what was almost certainly his final at bat of the game.

So that should be it for Chase’s chase. The Phillies would need to send six hitters to the plate in the bottom of the ninth for him to get another at bat. Probably not going to happen. That’ll mean no record for the young Phillies second baseman.

What is there left to root for if you’re a Phillies fan? Well, Ryan Howard is staking his claim as the most exciting young player in the national league. And, don’t look now, but after tonight the Phillies will only be four games back in the wild card chase. Of course, they’re still tied with about seven other teams, but hope springs eternal. Especially in Philadelphia. Right.

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