The Phillies fell to the Cubs, 5-2, Wednesday night, but it wasn't the biggest story of the day.
The five-time All-Star second baseman and lifetime Phillie has agreed to a multi-year extension to stay in Philadelphia, according to CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury. Details of the deal haven't been disclosed yet, but it seems to be for at least two years with a possible option for a third.
If that's the case, Utley will remain in Philly at least through the 2015 season, after which he'll be 37.
Although he's struggled to stay healthy, Utley has still been very productive when in the lineup, producing a .263/.348/.450 slash line since 2011.
Halladay's Clearwater bound
Roy Halladay is headed to Florida to the Phillies' training facility to increase his workout instensity and pitch a simulated game against minor-league hitters on Saturday.
He could pitch in a minor-league rehab game after that if all goes well.
The Doc hasn't pitched since May 5 when the Miami Marlins walloped him for nine runs.
Tough luck for Hamels
Cole Hamels tossed another good game, limiting the Cubs to two runs in seven innings and lowering his ERA to 3.81.
But he didn't hit a homer and toss a shutout, so he didn't win the game. He came away with a no-decision, which actually isn't bad for Hamels this year.
Luis Garcia took the loss for walking three batters in the ninth. Justin De Fratus came in to allow the game-winning three-run homer to Donnie Murphy, who also hit a solo shot in the third. He has three homers in two days. He didn't have a hit before yesterday.
On a positive note, Domonic Brown hit his 25th homer of the year and his first since returning from the disabled list.
On a sad note, Darin Ruf's on-base streak came to an end at 33 games. He was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.