Chase Utley, #27
August 25, 2007
Rollins, ss; Iguchi, 2b; Burrell, lf; Howard, 1b; Rowand, cf; Dobbs, 3b; Werth, rf; Ruiz, c; Lohse, p.
Pitching shuffle continues as Brian Sanchez was designated for assignment and John Ennis, a 28-year-old right-hander who has been pitching as a reliever and starter at Ottawa, was added to the roster. He has 13 big league games in his career path, 12 with the Tigers and the other with the 2002 Braves.
Just haven’t seen such a pitching funk as we are currently experiencing. But, you play today and put yesterday in the waste basket.
Adam returned to the mound last night, starting the first game of a Reading Phillies twi-nighter against the Akron Aeros.
He gave up two runs on two hits and a hit batter in the first inning and threw much better in the second. He was on a 40-pitch maximum and the two-inning stint got him to 38. Radar had him at 88-92.
He’s 5-0 in his career against the Mets and could be on the Citizens Bank Park mound next week when they are here for a four-game series.
A packed house showed up for the twin-bill which included Chase Utley’s first game action since breaking his right hand. Fans came equipped with cameras and photographed him during each at-bat. When his name was mentioned by the PA announcer, the crowd roared the loudest.
Utley had skipped Reading and AA ball in his ladder to the majors so this was his first appearance at FirstEnergy Stadium. In six at-bats, he had a ground ball single to right. His first five at-bats came against lefties. The very first pitch he saw from Shawn Nottingham was up and in. Chase didn’t flinch.
It was strange seeing Utley in the Reading uniform, which for the night was a red jersey and pinstripe pants. He wore 27 (Chris Coste’s Reading number earlier this season). He couldn’t wear his normal #26 as that has been retired by the Reading Phillies for Ryne Sandberg. One other Reading number has been retired, #24, worn by Mike Schmidt when he broke in pro ball in 1971.
Chase’s single came in his second at-bat in the first game, a hard ground ball between first and second. First base coach Greg Gross kidded Chase, “Your first hit in double-A. Do you want the ball?”