The Pirates scored 11 runs Wednesday evening as they snapped a losing streak and took the third game of a four-game set in Philadelphia. The output was their most in a game this season and it marked the eighth time in 2012 that they scored eight runs or more. Six of those games have come in the month of June. Through 74 games, Pittsburgh has scored 267 runs, making for an average of 3.61 per game. Phillies: Utley comes back, but won't play every day
Fan-favorite Chase Utley played his first game of 2012 on Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with a homer. Fans shouldn't look for the second baseman on Thursday, though, as the team has decided to give its star infielder a rest every third day as the All-Star Break approaches. Utley had been out all year with bilateral chondromalacia, a chronic issue with his left knee. Worth noting
The Pirates are two games behind Cincinnati in the NL Central race, while the Phillies are nine games back of Washington in the NL East. The season series between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia is tied at 3-3. Thursday's matchup will be the last time the two teams face each other, unless both sides of Pennsylvania experience playoff baseball, something that has never happened in the same year.