Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (8-16-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's photo of Chase is just a cool shot that I found.  Looks like he either just got a hit or is running the bases after another home run.  I'm just going to assume that it is the latter.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Daniel Nava Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies outfielder Daniel Nava was placed on the 10-day DL (Disabled List) with a strained lower back before last night's (August 15th) game against the San Diego Padres.  It is believed that the injury occurred during Friday's (August 11th) game against the New York Mets so Nava's DL stint is retroactive to Saturday, August 12th.  This is the third time this season that Nava has been on the DL.  Cameron Perkins has been brought up from Triple A to take Nava's place on the roster.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 117: Phillies (43-73) at Padres (52-66)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                4
San Diego Padres:                    8

SP:   Mark Leiter Jr.

LP:   Mark Leiter Jr. (1-3)


RBIs:

Jorge Alfaro = 2 (2)
Rhys Hoskins = 2 (5)

Home Runs:

Jorge Alfaro = 1 (1)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (3)

Runs Scored:

Nick Williams = 1 (18)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (4)
Maikel Franco = 1 (45)
Jorge Alfaro = 1 (1)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Game 116: Phillies (43-72) at Padres (51-66)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                4
San Diego Padres:                    7

SP:   Jerad Eickhoff

LP:   Ricardo Pinto (1-1)


RBIs:*

Odubel Herrera = 1 (46)
Rhys Hoskins = 2 (3)

* An additional run scored in the 6th inning due to a fielding error

Home Runs:

Rhys Hoskins = 2 (2)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (60)
Rhys Hoskins = 2 (3)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (42)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ryan Howard Signs With The Colorado Rockies

Hi everybody,

Former Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies on Saturday (August 12th).  Howard has been looking to sign with a team ever since he was released by the Atlanta Braves back in May (Ryan Howard Released By The Atlanta Braves).  Congrats and good luck Big Piece!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Vincent Velasquez Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies starting pitcher Vincent Velasquez was placed on the DL (Disabled List) with a finger injury to his right middle finger before Friday night's (August 11th) game against the New York Mets.  Velasquez was taken out of the game on Thursday (August 10th) after pitching just one inning.  It is not known if Velasquez will return this season although Velasquez believes that he will.  It is not yet known for certain who will replace Velasquez in the starting rotation but it is believed that it will be Mark Leiter, Jr.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Alumni Weekend

Hi everybody,

It was Alumni Weekend at the ballpark this past weekend and it was a somber affair as the Phils honored three Wall of Famers (Dallas GreenJim Bunning and Darren Daulton) who passed away this year.  The Phils honored Dallas Green, Jim Bunning and Darren Daulton with a tribute video and a speech by Mike Schmidt as other Phillies Wall of Famers looked on.

Watching the tribute video...

National Anthem

I want to repeat what I wrote on Twitter on Saturday night as my tribute to the Phillies legends that we lost:

I raise my glass to the 3 icons that have left us. Cheers to Jim Bunning, Dallas Green & Darren "Dutch" Daulton!




Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 115: Mets (52-62) at Phillies (43-71)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

New York Mets:                          6
Philadelphia Phillies:                 2

SP:   Zach Eflin

LP:   Zach Eflin (1-4)


RBIs:*

Rhys Hoskins = 1 (1)

* An additional run scored in the 5th inning due to a wild pitch

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (59)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (49)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 114: Mets (52-61) at Phillies (42-71)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Saturday, August 12th:

New York Mets:                          1
Philadelphia Phillies:                 3

SP:   Aaron Nola

WP:   Aaron Nola (9-7)
SV:    Luis Garcia (2)


RBIs:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (22)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (49)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (57)

Runs Scored:

Freddy Galvis = 1 (48)
Nick Williams = 1 (17)
Maikel Franco = 1 (44)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 113: Mets (51-61) at Phillies (42-70)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Friday, August 11th:

New York Mets:                          7
Philadelphia Phillies:                 6

SP:   Nick Pivetta

LP:   Hector Neris (4-5)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 1 (24)
Maikel Franco = 1 (59)
Tommy Joseph = 2 (56)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (45)
Cesar Hernandez = 1 (21)

Home Runs:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (7)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 2 (58)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (47)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (51)
Rhys Hoskins = 1 (1)
Nick Williams = 1 (16)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, August 11, 2017

Charleston Photo of the Month (August 2017)

Hi everybody,

This month's Charleston photo was taken during my trip to Charleston last September.  We took this shot of one of the many churches in Charleston while walking around one evening.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 112: Mets (50-61) at Phillies (42-69)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

New York Mets:                         10
Philadelphia Phillies:                 0

SP:   Vincent Velasquez

LP:   Vincent Velasquez (2-7)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Throwback Thursday (8-10-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is a photo of the day that I first tried Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  I was brought a dozen from one of my friends and I loved them.  I quickly ate almost all of them and instantly wanted more.  It was the first of many dozens of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that I have eaten over the years.

I look pretty dapper in the hat too....

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Happy Birthday Ann Onymous

Hi everybody,

I just wanted to wish my good friend and occasional blog poster Ann Onymous a very Happy Birthday!  Although she has repeatedly tricked me so she can put up (as she calls them) "hot" pictures of my hero Chase Utley.....she's a really great person who gets me lots of food and is one of my best friends.  Happy Birthday, Ann Onymous!!!

Time for birthday cake...

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 111: Phillies (41-69) at Braves (51-60)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                   3
Atlanta Braves:                             2

SP:   Jerad Eickhoff

WP:   Jerad Eickhoff (3-7)
SV:    Hector Neris (13)


RBIs:*

Odubel Herrera = 1 (44)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (48)

* An additional run scored in the 3rd inning due to a throwing error

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (56)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (46)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (50)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (8-9-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's pic is just a shot of Chase taking a swing at a pitch.  Not certain that he hit it but I will just assume that he did.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Andrew Knapp Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp was placed on the DL (Disabled List) on Monday (August 7th) with a bruised right hand that also has a small fracture.  Knapp is expected to be out for a few weeks.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 110: Phillies (40-69) at Braves (51-59)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                   5
Atlanta Braves:                             2

SP:   Zach Eflin

WP:   Zach Eflin (1-3)
SV:    Hector Neris (12)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 1 (23)
Zach Eflin = 1 (2)
Maikel Franco = 1 (58)
Odubel Herrera = 2 (43)

Home Runs:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (12)

Runs Scored:

Freddy Galvis = 1 (45)
Maikel Franco = 1 (43)
Odubel Herrera = 2 (49)
Nick Williams = 1 (15)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, August 7, 2017

Philles Legend Darren Daulton Has Passed Away

Hi everybody,

Just wanted to share the sad news of the passing of Phillies legend Darren "Dutch" Daulton last night (August 6th).  Daulton played catcher for the Phillies from 1983-1997 and was a three-time MLB All-Star.  He was also the leader of the 1993 National League Champion Phillies who captured the hearts of Philadelphia throughout that amazing season.  After being traded to the Miami (Florida) Marlins in 1997, Dutch finally won a World Series ring before retiring at the end of the 1997 season.



Here is the statement released by the Phillies about Daulton's passing (Darren Daulton Passes Away):

The Phillies have announced that Darren "Dutch" Daulton passed away today at the age of 55 after a four-year battle with brain cancer.
 
Born on January 3, 1962, Daulton attended Arkansas City (KS) High School. He was selected in the 25th round - the 628th overall selection - of the 1980 June draft by the Phillies. He developed into a three-time All-Star who played 14 seasons with the Phillies (1983; 1985-97), the longest tenure for a catcher in franchise history. Known throughout baseball as one of the game's toughest players, Daulton made 143 starts at catcher in 1993, which was the most in Phillies history and tied for the most by any catcher that season. The Phillies won the National League pennant that year with Daulton's leadership playing a significant role.

Daulton was traded to the Florida Marlins on July 21, 1997, where he would spend the final two and a half months of his playing career. The Marlins would go on to win the World Series that year and manager Jim Leyland credited Daulton's clubhouse leadership as an important factor.

In 1992, Daulton won a Silver Slugger and led the National League with 109 RBI, becoming just the fourth catcher to win the RBI title. He is the only catcher in Phillies history with two 100-RBI seasons (109 in 1992 and 105 in 1993) and holds the Phillies single-season records for a catcher in walks (117), doubles (35), putouts (981) and double plays (19). Each record was set in 1993.

Daulton batted .245 in 1,109 Phillies games with 189 doubles, 134 home runs and 567 RBI.

Daulton received the Players Choice Comeback Player of the Year Award (1997)
and the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award (1997). He was inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame (1997). He was also selected as the starting catcher on the All-Vet Team (2003) and was inducted into the Phillies Wall of Fame (2010).


"Darren was a true leader of men. The Phillies would not have gone to the 1993 World Series without his leadership," said Phillies Chairman Emeritus Bill Giles. "In addition to being an outstanding clubhouse leader, he was also a fighter. He battled through five knee operations to become an All-Star. I really enjoyed watching him for 14 years in uniform. Darren was a super human being. His teammates loved him, I loved him like he was one of my own. In fact, he called me 'Uncle Bill.'"

"All of us at the Phillies are saddened to hear of Darren's passing. From the day that we drafted him until today, he constantly earned our respect and admiration as both a player and person," said Phillies Chairman David Montgomery. "Darren was the face of our franchise in the early 1990's. Jim Fregosi asked so much of him as catcher, clean-up hitter and team leader. He responded to all three challenges. One of my toughest decisions as team president was to approve his trade to the Marlins in July of 1997. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Amanda, his parents, his brother and his four children. Dutch was truly "one of a kind" and we will dearly miss him."

Throughout most of his adult life, Darren resided in Clearwater, Fla. Starting in 2010, he spent the season in Philadelphia hosting a radio show on 97.5 The Fanatic, "Talking Baseball with Dutch," five days a week. On July 1, 2013, he underwent surgery for resection of two brain tumors related to glioblastoma at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. It didn't deter Dutch, who proclaimed, "Right on; Fight on," typical of his toughness.

He established the Darren Daulton Foundation in 2011. In 2013, the foundation's mission shifted to raise funds for brain cancer which claimed the lives of other Phillies including Johnny Oates, Ken Brett, Tug McGraw and John Vukovich.

"Dutch" is one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Phillies uniform. He is survived by his parents Carol and Dave of Arkansas City, Kansas; one brother, Dave Jr.; of Arkansas City, Kansas; his wife Amanda of Clearwater; and his four children Zachary (27), Summer (17), Savannah (16), Darren Jr. (15), all of whom reside in the Clearwater area.

Funeral services for Darren will be private.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Darren Daulton Foundation Foundation, 1339 Chestnut Street, Suite 500, Philadelphia, PA 19107.


I will never forget that 1993 season and the happy memories of it that I carry with me.  Rest in Peace Dutch and thank you!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Aaron Altherr Placed on the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies starting outfielder Aaron Altherr was placed on the DL (Disabled List) with a strained right hamstring before Saturday night's (August 5th) game against the Colorado Rockies. The injury occurred during Friday night's (August 4th) game and is the second DL stint for Altherr with the same injury this season (Aaron Altherr DL Stint July).  Altherr missed 10 games during his last trip to the DL but is expected to be out longer this time.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 109: Phillies (39-69) at Rockies (64-47)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                  3
Colorado Rockies:                      2

SP:   Aaron Nola

WP:   Edubray Ramos (1-7)
SV:    Hector Neris (11)


RBIs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (57)
Cameron Rupp =  2 (25)

Home Runs:

Maikel Franco = 1 (17)

Runs Scored:

Maikel Franco = 2 (42)
Hyun Soo Kim = 1 (2)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 108: Phillies (39-68) at Rockies (63-47)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Saturday, August 5th:

Philadelphia Phillies:                  5
Colorado Rockies:                      8

SP:   Nick Pivetta

LP:   Nick Pivetta (4-7)


RBIs:*

Daniel Nava = 3 (20)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (47)

* An additional run scored in the 4th inning during a double play ball hit by Nick Williams

Home Runs:

Daniel Nava = 1 (4)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez =  1 (55)
Freddy Galvis = 2 (44)
Daniel Nava = 1 (19)
Andres Blanco = 1 (6)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 107: Phillies (39-67) at Rockies (62-47)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Friday, August 4th:

Philadelphia Phillies:                  3
Colorado Rockies:                      4

SP:   Vincent Velasquez

LP:   Luis Garcia (1-3)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 1 (22)
Maikel Franco = 1 (56)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (49)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (54)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (47)
Nick Williams = 1 (14)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Friday, August 4, 2017

Game 106: Phillies (39-66) at Angels (53-55)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                4
Los Angeles Angels:                 5

SP:   Jerad Eickhoff

LP:   Luis Garcia (1-2)


RBIs:

Nick Williams = 2 (21)
Freddy Galvis = 2 (46)

Home Runs:

Nick Williams = 1 (5)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (53)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (47)
Nick Williams = 1 (13)
Hyun Soo Kim = 1 (1)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Throwback Thursday (8-3-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is from a few years ago when I was going over my friends house for Easter dinner.  I didn't want to go without bringing a gift so I got a six pack of root beer and made my world famous deviled eggs.  Everyone seemed to like my gifts and we all had a great time.


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Daniel Nava Returns from the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies outfielder Daniel Nava returned from the DL (Disabled List) in last night's (August 2nd) game against the Los Angeles Angels.  Nava had been on the DL since July 23rd with a left hamstring strain.  The Phils sent outfielder Cameron Perkins back to Triple A to make room for Nava on the roster.  Welcome back, Daniel Nava!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 105: Phillies (39-65) at Angels (52-55)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                0
Los Angeles Angels:                 7

SP:   Jake Thompson

LP:   Jake Thompson (1-1)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Chase Utley Photo of the Week (8-2-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's pic is a shot of Chase running the bases after hitting what I'm sure was a home run.  Who knows....maybe it was a grand slam!


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 104: Phillies (39-64) at Angels (51-55)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of last night's game:

Philadelphia Phillies:                1
Los Angeles Angels:                 7

SP:   Aaron Nola

LP:   Aaron Nola (8-7)


RBIs:

Tommy Joseph = 1 (54)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (52)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Chase Utley Dodgers Stats (July 2017)

Hi everybody,

Here are Chase's batting stats as of July 31st:



Games Played = 84
At Bats = 216
Runs Scored = 30
Hits = 51
Doubles = 13
Triples = 3
Home Runs = 6
RBIs = 26
Walks = 26
Strike Outs = 38
Stolen Bases = 5
Caught Stealing = 1
Batting Average = .236
On Base Percentage = .332
Slugging Percentage = .407
On Base + Slugging Percentage = .739


Chase's numbers are up a little from last month but he hasn't played as much as he has been earlier in the season.  Hopefully his numbers will continue to improve and he will see more playing time.

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

2017 NL East July Standings

Hi everybody,

Here are the standings as of July 31st:



NL East                                    W         L        PCT        GB
Washington Nationals              63        41      .606           --
Miami Marlins                           49        55      .471          14 
New York Mets                          48        55      .466         14.5 
Atlanta Braves                          48        56      .462          15 
Philadelphia Phillies                39        64      .379         23.5


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Joaquin Benoit Traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates

Hi everybody,

The Phillies traded relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit and cash considerations to the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday (July 31st)  for Minor League pitcher Seth McGarry.  Good luck in Pittsburgh, Joaquin!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 103: Braves (48-55) at Phillies (38-64)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Atlanta Braves:                            6
Philadelphia Phillies:                  7

SP:   Nick Pivetta

WP:   Nick Pivetta (4-6)
SV:    Hector Neris (10)


RBIs:

Tommy Joseph = 2 (53)
Odubel Herrera = 3 (41)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (48)
Maikel Franco = 1 (55)

Home Runs:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (11)
Maikel Franco = 1 (16)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 2 (51)
Freddy Galvis = 1 (42)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (46)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (41)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (46)
Maikel Franco = 1 (40)


Phils sweep the Braves....

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Monday, July 31, 2017

Jeremy Hellickson Traded to the Baltimore Orioles

Hi everybody,

The Phillies traded starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson and cash considerations to the Baltimore Orioles last Friday night (July 28th) for outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and left-handed pitcher Garrett Cleavinger.  The Phils also received international amateur signing bonus pool space as part of the trade.  Good luck in Baltimore, Jeremy!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Howie Kendrick Traded to the Washington Nationals

Hi everybody,

The Phillies traded infielder/outfielder Howie Kendrick and cash considerations to the Washington Nationals last Friday night (July 28th) for Minor League prospect McKenzie Mills (left-handed pitcher).  The Phils also received international amateur signing bonus pool space as part of the trade.  Good luck in Washington, Howie!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 102: Braves (48-54) at Phillies (37-64)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of yesterday's game:

Atlanta Braves:                            1
Philadelphia Phillies:                  2

SP:   Vincent Velasquez

WP:   Hector Neris (4-4)


RBIs:*

Freddy Galvis = 1 (44)

* An additional run scored due to a passed ball (wild pitch) in the 4th inning

Runs Scored:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (45)
Andrew Knapp = 1 (25)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 101: Braves (48-53) at Phillies (36-64)

Hi everybody,

This is the score of the game on Saturday, July 29th:*

Atlanta Braves:                            3
Philadelphia Phillies:                  4

* Extra Innings (Game ended in the 11th)

SP:   Jerad Eickhoff

WP:   Hector Neris (3-4)


RBIs:

Odubel Herrera = 2 (38)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (47)
Ty Kelly = 1 (10)

Home Runs:

Odubel Herrera = 1 (10)

Runs Scored:

Cesar Hernandez = 1 (49)
Aaron Altherr = 1 (45)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (40)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (44)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Game 100: Braves (48-52) at Phillies (35-64)

Hi everybody,

Here is the score of the game on Friday, July 28th:

Atlanta Braves:                            3
Philadelphia Phillies:                 10


SP:   Jake Thompson

WP:   Jake Thompson (1-0)
SV:    Joaquin Benoit (2)


RBIs:*

Aaron Altherr = 2 (46)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (23)
Freddy Galvis = 2 (43)
Tommy Joseph = 3 (51)

* Two additional runs scored due to throwing errors in the 1st and 5th innings

Home Runs:

Aaron Altherr = 2 (16)
Cameron Rupp = 1 (10)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (16)

Runs Scored:

Freddy Galvis = 2 (41)
Nick Williams = 1 (12)
Odubel Herrera = 1 (43)
Tommy Joseph = 1 (39)
Aaron Altherr = 2 (44)
Cameron Rupp = 2 (27)
Ty Kelly = 1 (6)


Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Throwback Thursday (7-27-17)

Hi everybody,

This week's Throwback Thursday moment is a photo of me with my best pal Little Sherlock.  I met LS about two years ago and we quickly became best buds.  He's a great guy who always puts up with my shenanigans with his cheery disposition.

Best buds....

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Pat Neshek Traded to the Colorado Rockies

Hi everybody,

The Phillies traded right-handed relief pitcher Pat Neshek and cash to the Colorado Rockies for Minor League prospects Jose Gomez (shortstop), Alejandro Requena (right-handed pitcher) and J.D. Hammer (right-handed pitcher).  All three of the new Phillies prospects were named All-Stars of the South Atlantic League this season.

Neshek (who was the sole Phillies All-Star) goes to a Rockies team that is in Wild Card contention.  Neshek spoke fondly of his brief time in Philly and stated he would be open to resign with the Phils after this season.  Good luck in Colorado, Pat Neshek!

Neshek All-Star

The Phanatic is our sole All-Star now...

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase

Aaron Altherr Returns from the DL

Hi everybody,

Phillies starting outfielder Aaron Altherr returned from the DL (Disabled List) in last night's (July 26th) game against the Houston Astros.  Altherr had been on the DL since July 14th with a strained right hamstring.  Welcome back, Aaron Altherr!

Talk to you soon,
Little Chase