Friday, July 31, 2015

Carlos Ruiz Plays in 1000th MLB Game

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to congratulate Carlos Ruiz for playing in his 1000th MLB game last night (July 30th).  Every MLB game that Ruiz has played in has been as a member of the Phillies.  Congrats again, Chooch!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 103: Braves (46-55) at Phillies (38-64)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Atlanta Braves:                            1
Philadelphia Phillies:                  4

SP:   Aaron Harang

WP:   Aaron Harang (5-11)
SV:    Ken Giles (2)


RBIs:

Carlos Ruiz = 2 (18)
Ryan Howard = 1 (55)
Domonic Brown = 1 (12)

Home Runs:

Domonic Brown = 1 (1)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (37)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (33)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (38)
Domonic Brown = 1 (12)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jake Diekman Traded to the Texas Rangers

Hi everybody,

Even though the trade to the Texas Rangers was discussed in length in the previous post (Cole Hamels Traded to the Texas Rangers)...I also wanted to wish Jake Diekman well with his new team.  Good luck, Diek!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Cole Hamels Traded to the Texas Rangers

Hi everybody,

Phillies Ace starting pitcher Cole Hamels, relief pitcher Jake Diekman and $9.5 million have been traded to the Texas Rangers for five prospects and one MLB ready starting pitcher (Matt Harrison).  The prospects traded for Hamels & Diekman are:

1) Right-handed pitcher Jake Thompson
2) Right-handed pitcher Jerad Eickhoff
3) Right-handed pitcher Alec Asher
4) Outfielder Nick Williams
5) Catcher Jorge Alfaro

With Hamels departure...there are only three Phillies left from the 2008 World Series Championship Team (Utley, Howard & Ruiz).  I understand that the trade had to be done but it is still sad.  Hamels leaves the Phillies as a three time National League All-Star and the MVP of both the 2008 National League Championship Series and World Series.  He also pitched a No-Hitter in his final Phillies start as well as being part of a Combined No-Hitter last season with Diekman, Ken Giles & Jonathan Papelbon.

Good luck in Texas Cole!  You will always be a Phillie to me!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 102: Phillies (38-63) at Blue Jays (50-51)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:               2
Toronto Blue Jays:                  8

SP:   Jerome Williams

LP:   Jerome Williams (3-8)


RBIs:*

Ryan Howard = 1 (54)

* An additional run scored due to an error

Runs Scored:

Ben Revere = 1 (49)
Domonic Brown = 1 (11)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Gettysburg Photo of the Month (July 2015)

Hi everybody,

This month's photo is a picture of the monument to Union Major General John Reynolds.  This monument is located in the National Cemetery and has been featured in a previous Photo of the Month/Week (POTW 10-18-13). Unlike the previous photo...this picture is taken from a different angle.  I hope you all enjoy it.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (7-29-15)

Hi everybody,

With the Trade Deadline upon us I decided to use a photo I found online earlier this week of Chase, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels and Jonathan Papelbon.  They are on a plane on the way to Chicago and it was taken days before Hamels No-Hitter and Papelbon's trade to the Washington Nationals.  I start to wonder if anyone else in this pic will be former Phillies by the end of the week.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Jonathan Papelbon Traded to the Washington Nationals

Hi everybody,

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon was traded to the Washington Nationals last night for Double A right-handed pitcher Nick Pivetta.  The Phils also agreed to pay the remainder of Papelbon's 2015 salary of around $4.5 million.

Papelbon ends his Phillies career as the All-Time Saves Leader with 123 saves.  He also had a 14-11 win-loss record with a 2.31 ERA in 234 appearances.  Paps also made the National League All-Star team in 2012 and 2015.

I wish Papelbon the best of luck with the Nationals.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 101: Phillies (37-63) at Blue Jays (50-50)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:               3
Toronto Blue Jays:                  2

SP:   Adam Morgan

WP:   Adam Morgan (2-2)
SV:    Ken Giles (1)


RBIs:

Cody Asche = 2 (19)
Andres Blanco = 1 (11)

Runs Scored:

Ryan Howard = 1 (34)
Darin Ruf = 1 (14)
Cody Asche = 1 (23)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, July 27, 2015

Game 100: Phillies (36-63) at Cubs (51-45)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                   11
Chicago Cubs:                               5

SP:   Aaron Nola

WP:   Aaron Nola (1-1)


RBIs:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (26)
Maikel Franco = 3 (38)
Domonic Brown = 3 (11)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (7)
Aaron Nola = 1 (1)
Ryan Howard = 2 (53)

Home Runs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (11)
Ryan Howard = 1 (18)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 2 (36)
Odubel Herrera = 2 (32)
Maikel Franco = 1 (36)
Ryan Howard = 2 (33)
Cody Asche = 1 (22)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (37)
Domonic Brown = 1 (10)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (7)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Cajun Night

Hi everybody,

As Cole Hamels pitched his historic No-Hitter last night...my friends and I had a Cajun night so we could enjoy some good food and music and remember our trip to New Orleans last September.  After putting on our beads, we had some Jambalaya with chicken, sausage and shrimp.  It was great.

I think I could eat the whole pot of it....

Then for dessert we had some Chocolate Bread Pudding.

So good....

We then relaxed while listening to some Zydeco music and reflected on our New Orleans trip.  As the party got swinging....I couldn't help but dance to the music.

video

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Congrats to Carlos Ruiz for Tying MLB Mark for Catching No-Hitters

Hi everybody,

I also wanted to congratulate Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz for also making history during Cole Hamels No-Hitter against the Chicago Cubs yesterday (July 25th) by catching his fourth No-Hitter.  This achievement ties the MLB record of four (also held by former Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek) as well as becoming the National League record holder.

Ruiz has caught both of Roy Halliday's No-Hitters in 2010 as well as the combined No-Hitter (Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles & Jonathan Papelbon) last September.  Congrats again to Chooch for his historic achievement.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Congrats to Cole Hamels for Pitching a No-Hitter

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to congratulate Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels for throwing a 129 pitch No-Hitter against the Chicago Cubs yesterday (July 25th).  Hamels looked amazing in perhaps his final start ever in a Phillies uniform...if he is moved by the July 31st Trade Deadline.  Cole said that this was the second greatest moment of his career after winning the World Series in 2008.

Here are Hamels pitching stats for the No-Hitter:

Innings Pitched:   9
Hits:   0
Runs:   0
Errors:   0
Walks:   2
Strike Outs:   13
Home Runs:   0

Congrats again, Hollywood!

Hamels Throwing No-Hitter

Hamels celebrating with what's left (minus Chase) of the 2008 World Series core

Chooch & Big Piece congratulate Hollywood

You earned it....

Hamels signinging autographs after the game...

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 99: Phillies (35-63) at Cubs (51-44)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                    5
Chicago Cubs:                               0

SP:   Cole Hamels

WP:   Cole Hamels (6-7)


RBIs:*

Ryan Howard = 3 (51)

* Two additional runs scored due to an error in the 8th inning

Home Runs:

Ryan Howard = 1 (17)

Runs Scored:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (30)
Maikel Franco = 1 (35)
Ryan Howard = 1 (31)
Cody Asche = 1 (21)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (36)


Congrats to Cole Hamels for pitching a No-Hitter

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Game 98: Phillies (34-63) at Cubs (51-43)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:*

Philadelphia Phillies:                    5
Chicago Cubs:                               3

* Extra Innings (Game ended in the 10th)

SP:   Jerome Williams

WP:   Ken Giles (5-2)
SV:    Jonathan Papelbon (17)


RBIs:

Cody Asche = 3 (17)
Jeff Francoeur = 2 (33)

Home Runs:

Jeff Francoeur = 1 (9)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (34)
Jeff Francoeur = 1 (22)
Darin Ruf = 1 (13)
Freddy Galvis = 2 (35)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Game 97: Rays (48-48) at Phillies (33-63)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:*

Tampa Bay Rays:                     4
Philadelphia Phillies:              5

* Extra Innings (Game ended in the 10th)

SP:   Adam Morgan

WP:   Jonathan Papelbon (2-1)


RBIs:**

Andres Blanco = 1 (10)
Cody Asche = 1 (14)
Ben Revere = 1 (26)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (25)

** An additional run scored during a double play (Ryan Howard) in the 1st

Runs Scored:

Ben Revere = 1 (48)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (33)
Domonic Brown = 2 (9)
Cody Asche = 1 (20)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (7-22-15)

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to congratulate my hero Chase Utley for be chosen as the Philadelphia Phillies Heart and Hustle Award winner.  This is the sixth time that Chase has been chosen for this award.

According to a statement by the MLBPAA (Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association)...the Heart and Hustle Award:

"honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game"

To celebrate this achievement...this week's photo is a pic of Chase signing autographs for the fans.  I hope you enjoy it!  Congrats again, Chase!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 96: Rays (47-48) at Phillies (33-62)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Tampa Bay Rays:                     1
Philadelphia Phillies:              0

SP:   Aaron Nola

LP:   Aaron Nola (0-1)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Game 95: Rays (47-47) at Phillies (32-62)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Tampa Bay Rays:                     3
Philadelphia Phillies:              5

SP:   David Buchanan

WP:   David Buchanan (1-5)
SV:    Jonathan Papelbon (16)


RBIs:*

Cesar Hernandez = 2 (23)
Maikel Franco = 1 (35)
Darin Ruf = 1 (15)

* An additional run scored due to an error

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (33)
Maikel Franco = 1 (34)
Jeff Francoeur = 1 (21)
Darin Ruf = 1 (12)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (29)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, July 20, 2015

Ryan Howard Hits 350th Career Home Run

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to congratulate Phillies 1st Baseman Ryan Howard for hitting his 350th career Home Run (all of them in a Phils uniform) during yesterday's game against the Miami Marlins.  It was Howard's 16th Home Run of the season.  Congrats again Big Man!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 94: Marlins (38-53) at Phillies (31-62)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Miami Marlins:                               7
Philadelphia Phillies:                   8

SP:   Cole Hamels

WP:   Hector Neris (1-0)


RBIs:

Ryan Howard = 1 (48)
Freddy Galvis = 2 (25)
Ben Revere = 1 (25)
Cesar Hernandez = 2 (21)
Jeff Francoeur = 2 (31)

Home Runs:

Ryan Howard = 1 (16)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (4)
Jeff Francoeur = 1 (8)

Runs Scored:

Ryan Howard = 1 (30)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (28)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (32)
Carlos Ruiz = 2 (18)
Cole Hamels = 1 (2)
Jeff Francoeur = 2 (20)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Game 93: Marlins (38-52) at Phillies (30-62)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Miami Marlins:                               1
Philadelphia Phillies:                   3

SP:   Chad Billingsley

WP:   Chad Billingsley (2-3)
SV:    Jonathan Papelbon (15)


RBIs:

Ryan Howard = 1 (47)
Domonic Brown = 1 (8)
Ben Revere = 1 (24)

Runs Scored:

Ben Revere = 1 (47)
Maikel Franco = 1 (33)
Cody Asche = 1 (19)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Game 92: Marlins (38-51) at Phillies (29-62)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Miami Marlins:                               3
Philadelphia Phillies:                   6

SP:   Adam Morgan

WP:   Ken Giles (4-2)


RBIs:*

Ryan Howard = 1 (46)
Jeff Francoeur = 3 (29)

* Two additional runs scored due to errors

Home Runs:

Jeff Francoeur = 1 (7)

Runs Scored:

Ben Revere = 1 (46)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (32)
Maikel Franco = 1 (32)
Jeff Francoeur = 1 (18)
Adam Morgan = 1 (2)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (27)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (7-15-15)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo is a pic of Chase with Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.  I wonder what they are chatting about.  After everything that's been said recently...I'm assuming that Chase isn't very thrilled with Rube right now.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, July 13, 2015

Maikel Franco Named June NL Rookie of the Month

Hi everybody,

Meant to post this sooner so I apologize for the delay.  I just wanted to congratulate Phillies 3rd baseman Maikel Franco for being named the National League Rookie of the Month in June. Franco had 24 RBIs, 8 Home Runs and an NL leading 38 hits during the month of June.  Congrats again to Franco for this honor.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 91: Phillies (29-61) at Giants (45-43)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                     2
San Francisco Giants:                   4

SP:   Chad Billingsley

LP:   Chad Billingsley (1-3)


RBIs:

Ryan Howard = 2 (45)

Runs Scored:

Ben Revere = 1 (45)
Maikel Franco = 1 (31)


The Phils enter the All-Star break with the MLB's worst record of 29-62. Those 62 losses are the most in franchise history before the All-Star break. Sigh...

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Game 90: Phillies (29-60) at Giants (44-43)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                     5
San Francisco Giants:                   8

SP:   David Buchanan

LP:   Luis Garcia (3-4)


RBIs:

Ryan Howard = 2 (43)
Cody Asche = 2 (13)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (24)

Home Runs:

Ryan Howard = 1 (15)
Cody Asche = 1 (5)

Runs Scored:

Andres Blanco = 1 (8)
Ryan Howard = 1 (29)
Carlos Ruiz = 1 (16)
Cody Asche = 1 (18)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (31)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Game 89: Phillies (29-59) at Giants (43-43)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                     2
San Francisco Giants:                  15

SP:   Cole Hamels

LP:   Cole Hamels (5-7)


RBIs:

Carlos Ruiz = 1 (16)
Domonic Brown = 1 (7)

Home Runs:

Carlos Ruiz = 1 (2)

Runs Scored:

Carlos Ruiz = 2 (15)


Hunter Pence hit a Grand Slam so thanks again Phillies and Rubin Amaro Jr. for trading him away for nothing.  Great move.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, July 10, 2015

Game 88: Phillies (29-58) at Dodgers (48-38)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                      0
Los Angeles Dodgers:                    6

SP:   Severino Gonzalez

LP:   Severino Gonzalez (3-3)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Game 87: Phillies (29-57) at Dodgers (47-38)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                      0
Los Angeles Dodgers:                    5

SP:   Adam Morgan

LP:   Adam Morgan (1-2)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (7-8-15)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo is a pic of Chase looking reflective.  I wonder what he is thinking about?


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 86: Phillies (28-57) at Dodgers (47-37)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                      7
Los Angeles Dodgers:                    2

SP:   Chad Billingsley

WP:   Chad Billingsley (1-2)


RBIs:

Freddy Galvis = 1 (23)
Jeff Francoeur = 3 (26)
Domonic Brown = 1 (6)
Ben Revere = 2 (23)

Home Runs:

Jeff Francoeur = 1 (6)

Runs Scored:

Ben Revere = 1 (44)
Maikel Franco = 1 (30)
Darin Ruf = 1 (11)
Jeff Francoeur = 2 (17)
Domonic Brown = 1 (7)
Chad Billingsley = 1 (2)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

My Custom Bobblehead

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to share a couple pictures of the custom bobblehead that my friends got me for a present.

Look at me...I'm a bobblehead

The bobblehead is amazing and looks just like me.  I want to thank Bobbleheads.com for all their hard work and my friends for an amazing gift.  I plan to proudly display it with my Phillies bobbleheads.

You can barely tell us apart...

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Jonathan Papelbon Selected for 2015 National League All-Star Team

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to congratulate Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon for his selection to the National League All-Star team.  This will be Papelbon's sixth All-Star appearance.  The All-Star Game will be played next Tuesday night (July 14th).  Congrats again to Paps!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 85: Phillies (28-56) at Dodgers (46-37)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                      7
Los Angeles Dodgers:                   10

SP:   Sean O'Sullivan

LP:   Jeanmar Gomez (0-2)


RBIs:

Freddy Galvis = 3 (22)
Ryan Howard = 3 (41)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (23)

Home Runs:

Freddy Galvis = 1 (3)
Ryan Howard = 1 (14)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (4)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (31)
Maikel Franco = 2 (29)
Ryan Howard = 1 (28)
Cody Asche = 1 (17)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (30)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (26)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, July 6, 2015

Game 84: Phillies (27-56) at Braves (40-41)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:*

Philadelphia Phillies:                   4
Atlanta Braves:                             0

* Extra Innings (Game ended in the 10th)

SP:   Cole Hamels

WP:   Luis Garcia (3-3)


RBIs:

Ryan Howard = 1 (38)
Carlos Ruiz = 2 (15)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (19)

Runs Scored:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (25)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (30)
Maikel Franco = 1 (27)
Carlos Ruiz = 1 (13)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Game 83: Phillies (27-55) at Braves (39-41)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                   5
Atlanta Braves:                             9

SP:   Kevin Correia

LP:   Kevin Correia (0-3)


RBIs:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (19)
Darin Ruf = 3 (14)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (22)

Home Runs:

Darin Ruf = 1 (4)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (3)

Runs Scored:

Andres Blanco = 1 (7)
Jeff Francoeur = 1 (15)
Darin Ruf = 1 (10)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (24)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (6)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Fourth of July

Hi everybody,

Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Independence Day!  I hope you all have a great day but as always...do not dress up as the Dork of July!


I'm feeling more patriotic today...
Dork of July

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase