Chase Utley Says Cody Asche ‘Will Be Fine’
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Tuesday night was a rough one for Phillies third baseman Cody Asche. Asche, who was 0-3 at the dish, committed three errors in Tuesday night’s loss, with two of them coming in the Angels’ four-run sixth inning.
Asche told 1210 WPHT on Wednesday morning, “It’s not a feeling I would want any baseball player to feel.”
Chase Utley, who is in his 14th season with the Phillies, supported the 23-year-old Asche, who is back in the lineup at third base for Wednesday’s matinee game.
“Well, you know, Cody [Asche] is a tough kid,” Chase Utley told the WIP Morning Show on Wednesday. “You try to stay positive with him. We’ve all been there, we’ve all made mistakes. The best players make the most mistakes because they’re on the field a lot. So, you pat him on his butt, tell him to get ‘em today. He’ll be fine.”
41,959 fans were in attendance for Tuesday’s night game, the second most at Citizens Bank Park this year, second only to the home opener. The buzz around the ballpark was surrounding the return of one of the best players on the planet in Millville, New Jersey native, Mike Trout.
Trout was 1-5 with a strikeout in his Philadelphia debut, receiving a loud applause every time he stepped to the plate.
“Well yeah, anytime a great player comes in your stadium you’re paying attention,” Utley said. “Obviously the fact that he’s from around here was a big deal. He’s obviously a tremendous talent, very gifted. But at 22-years-old, he’s got a lot ahead of him.”
The Phillies and Angels will complete their short two-game series today beginning at 1:05pm.