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Phillies Complete Four-Game Sweep Of Nats, Improve to Four Above .500

Published by on May 17, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

After a rough 5-8 stretch, the Philadelphia Phillies ran into the right team at the right time. After playing the Mets, Cardinals, Braves, and Dodgers, the Washington Nationals were just what a slumping team needed.

Jimmy Rollins, who came into Saturday with a .199 average, improved his average to .222 by accumulating seven hits in the series.

Chase Utley, who hit .342 in the month of April, is hitting .195 thus far in May and is now hitting .291 overall. Oddly enough, the downfall in Utley's average began the day after he sat out a May 5 game against the Cardinals.

The reason for his absence was a bruised foot, which had been struck by a pitch. Utley has not been the same since.

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