Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley registered the third six-hit game of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the Dodgers as they lost 6-4 to the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon.
Utley singled to lead off the bottom of the first inning and later scored on a Justin Turner home run. He doubled in the fifth and scored on an Adrian Gonzalez single, singled to lead off the seventh and was stranded, doubled in the eighth and was stranded, singled to lead off the 11th and was stranded, and singled in the 13th and was stranded.
With the performance, Utley brought his triple-slash line up to .270/.349/.387 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 318 plate appearances.
Utley is the first Dodger with a six-hit game since Shawn Green did so in his four-homer game on May 23, 2002. He’s the first player with six hits in a loss since Jean Segura, then with the Brewers, on May 28, 2013.
Jonathan Schoop broke a 4-4 tie in the 14th inning with a two-out, two-run double off of Chris Hatcher.
PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.
Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.
The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.
Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.
Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.
In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.
Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.
With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.