Chase Utley may be 38, but his defensive skills are still top notch. And he showed that off with incredible play on Sunday.
The Colorado Rockies have already assured themselves of no worse than a .500 record on their longest road trip of the season, and they could guarantee a winning trip with a victory in the second game of a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night. After winning two of three against the Minnesota Twins and then the Cincinnati Reds to start the 10-game trip, the Rockies started well in Philadelphia on Monday night, getting seven strong innings from rookie Jeff Hoffman in a 8-1 victory. German Marquez, Colorado's Tuesday starter, has had a strong beginning to the year away from Coors Field.
Jeff Hoffman turned a spot start into a splendid audition for a more permanent role in Colorado's rotation. Hoffman struck out seven and tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to lead the Rockies to an 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. Hoffman (2-0) also had his first big league hit and the National League-leading Rockies continued to cruise away from home.