Chase Utley's Two-Run Blast Lifts Phillies in World Series Opener

Oct. 23, 2008

TAMPA BAY, Fla. - Former standout UCLA infielder Chase Utley belted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning of Game 1 of the World Series to propel the Philadelphia Phillies past the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday evening at Tropicana Field.

Utley, who twice earned All-Pac-10 honors and first-team All-America accolades at UCLA, blasted the two-run shot with one out in the top of the first inning to hand Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. The four-time MLB All-Star finished Game 1 of the Fall Classic going 2-for-4 with two RBI, one run and one walk.

Utley hit at a .353 clip in five NLCS contests and has totaled two home runs, three doubles and seven RBI in 10 postseason games this fall. The former UCLA standout also belted a two-run homer in Game 1 of the NLCS, helping Philadelphia erase an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2.

Utley starred at UCLA from 1998-2000 and was selected in the first round of the 2000 MLB Draft by Philadelphia.

Game 2 of the World Series is slated to begin shortly after 5 p.m. (PT) on Thursday at Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field and will be televised live on FOX.

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