Chase Is Back!

Chase is back.

Everyone is hyped.  Will he be the cure all for a sleepy offense?  Perhaps, but most likely, it will take him a while to get in a groove.  Hope fans don’t expect too much too soon.

This is a crazy season.  Five runs over the weekend resulted in two wins.  Hard to believe.  Instead of blaming the offense, credit must be given to the starting pitching.  Doc, Cliff and Roy-O have up just three runs in 23 innings, a 1.17 ERA.  The loss for Roy-O was his first ever at Citizens Bank Park after 10 wins (Astros and Phillies).

So, the Phillies, still in first place and still with the best record in the NL, take on the Reds in four games starting on Monday night.  Can’t wait to hear the ovation when Chase is introduced.

Reds’ series ends Thursday afternoon.  A year ago, Phillies were 5-2 against the Reds, 4-0 at Citizens Bank Park.  Going back to the 2009 season, Phillies have won six straight at home.  That doesn’t include the two wins in the National League Division Series last October.

Phillies connections: Miguel Cairo and Scott Rolen.

Last trade between the two teams: 7/30/07, LHP Matt Maloney to Cincinnati for RHP Kyle Lohse.

Monday night, Doc’s Box—Roy will host children from YES, Inc and Lidge’s Legion—patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are guests of Brad . . . Wednesday night’s game will be on ESPN.

This Date
RHP Tommy Greene tossed the eighth no-hitter in Phillies history, 2-0, against the Expos in Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

Down On The Farm
First-place Lehigh Valley was 3-0 over the weekend, extending its winning streak to six in a row . . . Third-place Reading dropped two of three . . . Second-place Clearwater was also 3-0 . . . Sixth-place Lakewood swept a 3-game series in west Virginia to extend its winning streak to five straight. RF Domingo Santana had two doubles, a triple, fifth home run and four RBI in the last two games.

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