Chase Is Back

He was drafted by the Dodgers out of high school, didn’t sign, went to UCLA, drafted by the Phillies, signed and wound up at their greatest second baseman. Welcome home Chase Utley.

Starting tonight and for the next two nights, Utley will be back in Citizens Bank Park where performed for 13 years. Six of those were All-Star seasons.  He made his Phillies debut as a 24-year-old and will make his Dodgers debut in Philly at 37.  He’ll wear that familiar #26, only this time it is blue.  One would image there will be a lot of Utley jerseys in the stands, but Phillies red.

Chase is meeting with the media at 4:15 this afternoon in the Media Room, located on the service level between the two clubhouses. He’ll make that familiar walk after entering the park in right field.  This time he’ll walk by the Phillies clubhouse instead of making a right turn. Chances are Chase won’t get lost finding the LA clubhouse.

It was a similar route his longtime double play partner, Jimmy Rollins, made a year ago when he was wearing a Dodgers uniform and playing shortstop. His first game back was August 4. J-Roll struck out in his first at-bat against Jerome Williams.

5 Things
Five things to know about the Dodgers:
**LA won 2 of 3 vs. Phillies last week in LA.
**Have 20-18 edge in Citizens Bank Park.
**16 players are currently on the DL of which 13 are pitchers.
**Opponents’ batting .216, 2nd lowest in the NL.
**Ex-Phillie Joe Blanton is in their pen.

Ryan Howard has 2,898 total bases, tying Chuck Klein for fifth place on the Phillies all-time list . . . Cesar Hernandez has reached base in 21 consecutive games . . . Phillies are 37-37 in night games and 17-13 vs. NL West . . . Eight different Phillies have played left field . . . Speaking of left field, Tom McCarthy, Ben Davis and Matt Stairs will be broadcasting tonight’s game for Comcast SportsNet from Harry The K’s restaurant.  While doing a game from the left field seats two years ago, McCarthy caught a home run.

Minor League Report
Players of the Week (August 8-15)
OF Jose Pujols, Lakewood… Pujols, 20, batted .357 (10-28) with four doubles, two home runs, three RBI, four walks, four runs and a 1.152 OPS in seven games. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games overall, raising his season average by 19 points. Pujols leads the South Atlantic League with 22 home runs, ranks second in RBI (74), third in total bases (194) and is tied for fourth in extra-base hits (44). The Dominican Republic native was signed by the Phillies as an amateur free agent on July 2, 2012.

RHP Phil Klein, Lehigh Valley… The 27-year-old Klein made two starts for Lehigh Valley, 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA (1 ER, 13.0 IP), 0.62 WHIP (2 BB, 6 H), 21 strikeouts and a .136 opponents’ batting average. He set a career high with 10 strikeouts in just 5.0 innings on August 9, only to set a new career high one start later when he recorded 11 strikeouts over 8.0 shutout innings. He has a 1.64 ERA (7 ER, 38.1 IP) with 46 strikeouts in Lehigh Valley this season. Klein, who was also named International League Pitcher of the Week, was selected off waivers by the Phillies from Texas on June 19, 2016.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs (72-50), International League North Division. 2nd place, 4.5 games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Season ends September 5.
Lost, 5-1, to Pawtucket, getting just 6 singles.  LP: David Buchanan (8-8), 6.1-8-5-3-2-4. 2 hits each for LF Darin Ruf and Brock Stassi . . . Third base umpire was John Bacon. Happy to report Bacon didn’t eject an IronPig.

Postseason: South winner meets West winner; wildcard (non-division winner with best winning percentage) meets North, best-of-5. Winners advance to the Governor Cup Championship, best-of-5.

Reading Fightin’ Phils (78-41), Eastern League Eastern Division. 3-game lead over Trenton. Season ends September 5.
Season resumes, 7:05 tonight vs. Richmond, Tom Eshelman (4-2).

Postseason: Top two teams in each division, best-of-5. Winners advance to championship round, best-of-5.

Clearwater Threshers (30-20), Florida State League North Division. 3rd place, 3.5 games behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 4.
Lost 2nd straight to Dunedin, 4-1, getting only 3 singles. LP: Drew Anderson (1-1), 5-3-1-0-1-8. C Chace Numata, 1-4, extending hitting streak to 11 games . . . Brandon Leibrandt (1-1) and Ranfi Casimiro (8-8), 5:05 DH tonight in Tampa.

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Lakewood BlueClaws (27-22), South Atlantic League North Division.  3rd, .5-game behind, 2nd half. Season ends September 5.
Season resumes, 5:05 DH tonight vs. Hickory, Franklyn Kilome (4-8) and Jose Taveras (5-8).

Postseason: 1st and 2nd half division winners, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-5.

Williamsport Crosscutters (30-25), New York-Penn League Pinckney Division. 2nd place, 6.5 games behind State College. Season ends September 5.
All-Star Game tonight in Hudson Valley.

Postseason: Three Division winners and one wildcard team, best-of-3. Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

Gulf Coast League Phillies, (33-12), Northwest Division. 1st place, 1 game lead over Blue Jays. Season ends September 1.
Won a DH vs. Blue Jays in Dunedin to take over 1st place. Improved road record to 18-5 . . . 7-5 1st game; WP: Kyle Young (2-0); SV: Jhon Nunez (3) . . . 4-0 in 7-inning 2nd game. WP: Mauricio Llovera (6-1), his 4th straight W, 5-2-0-0-1-6. Jose Nin, 1 IP; 0.00 ERA for 10 G, 11.2 IP . . . Double header hitting leaders: 2B Dan Brito, 4 H, 3 R, 2B, 3B, HR (1), 2 RBI, BB, SB; SS Cole Stobbe, 3 H, 4 R, 2B, HR (1), RBI . . . 7:00 tonight vs. Blue Jays at Carpenter Complex.

Postseason: Division winner with best record meets division winner with the lowest record and the other two division winners meet in a 1-game playoff.  Winners advance to championship, best-of-3.

This Date
August 16, 1977–Phillies extend their longest winning streak of the century to 13 games with a 7-5 decision in Montreal. The Phils hadn’t won that many in a row since 1892.

August 16, 1984–2B Juan Samuel hits 16th triple, a new rookie record for the Phillies.
CF Von Hayes joins Samuel with 30plus steals, first for Phillies in 72 years. Cubs win,
65, in Chicago.

00 Kalas statue

August 16, 2011–Statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas is unveiled in pre-
game ceremony at Citizens Bank Park.  Fans attending this Saturday night’s game (St.
Louis) will receive a replica of the statue, courtesy of Toyota.


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