Chase’s Big Weekend

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Chase had a big Wrigley Field weekend helping the Phillies take 2 of 3 to finish their first road trip at 3-3.

He went 6-11 with 5 RBI, including a pair of home runs. In his first 21 games at Wrigley, he had one homer. Chase also reached 300 doubles, joining Mike Schmidt and J-Roll as the only Phillies with that many doubles, 200 home runs, 800 RBI and 100 stolen bases. He’s in 7th place on the club’s all-time doubles list with 301 doubles; Del Ennis sits in 6th, 310. J-Roll leads.

Chase is the doubles leader among Phillies second basemen, 300. Juan Samuel is next, 176, followed by Mickey Morandini, 169.

Home Washout
Phillies called this afternoon’s Modell’s Sporting Goods Opening Day at 1:46 yesterday afternoon. Heavy rain is predicted for today.

So, now the opener is tomorrow at 4 p.m. Tomorrow was an open date, scheduled specifically should the first game get postponed. Standing room tickets will go on sale at 12 noon.

Not sure the last time the Phillies first home game was postponed. I do recall the 1982 home opener (April 6) at the Vet being called because of snow. The next day was also called, snow and cold weather. First home game that year was April 8, a 7-2 loss to the Mets before 15,345 shivering fans.

Minor League Weekend Report
Lehigh Valley dropped 2 of 3 in Pawtucket. C Cameron Rupp’s 2-run HR was game-winner on Sunday. He’s homered in his first three games, 6 RBI. 3rd HR a year ago at Reading came on May 9.

Reading won 2 of 3 over Portland. 2B Carlos Alonso’s 3-run HR was Sunday’s game winner. RHP Ken Giles recorded Saturday and Sunday saves, 1 H, 6 strikeouts, 2 innings. Last pitch Sunday was clocked at 101 mph. LF Cam Perkins was 5-12, 4 doubles.

Clearwater won 1 of 3 vs. Dunedin. LHP J.A. Happ (rehab) was Saturday winner vs. Threshers. Cole (rehab) was Sunday’s loser, allowing 2 solo HR in 4 innings, throwing 50 pitches. CF Peter Lavan was 6-10; hitting .571 after 4 games.

Lakewood split a pair in Savannah and was rained out Sunday.

On The Job: Charlie Manuel has begun his duties as Senior Advisor to the General Manager. He’s currently in Clearwater checking out Hamels, Adams and Galvis.

Alumni Birthdays
Today—OF Bobby Del Greco (81) . . . Tuesday—LHP Mac Scarce (65) . . . Thursday— RHP Marvin Freeman (51) . . . Friday—RHP Zack Segovia (31), INF Steve Scarsone (48), LHP Sid Monge (63) . . . Saturday—RHP Cliff Brantley (46), INF Terry Harmon (70) . . . Sunday—OF Wes Chamberlain (48), RHP Mark Leiter Sr. (51), RHP Jeff Bittiger (52).

Comment Corner
From bradindc: “Whatever happened to minor league RHP Kevin Brady?”

Not, good news as he was released last August 7.

CBP Fun Fact
Phanatic Dangle Hats were the number 1 souvenir item in 2013 for the second straight season. Up until then the foam finger #1 had been the top seller.

Coming Soon
My book, If These Walls Could Talk, will be available starting May 1, book stores and online (www.triumphbooks.com) and Citizens Bank Park’s Majestic Clubhouse Store. Thanks to Larry Bowa for writing the foreword.

Chapter 3: Homegrown Legends, including J-Roll, Chase and Ryan.

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