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Another 2 inning no hit and no run performance for Chance as he got the win in Saturday night's Clearwater game.....Chapman now is 3-1 with an ERA of 0.87...... :-D

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Bogus Smith

Another 2 inning no hit and no run performance for Chance as he got the win in Saturday night's Clearwater game.....Chapman now is 3-1 with an ERA of 0.87...... :-D

Sounds like Chase is getting "Reading" for a move to AA.  :-D

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theeagleman5

Yet another scoreless 1.2 innings in relief last night for Chapman...he gave up 1 hit and had 2 Ks and 0 walks....ERA is down to 0.81 and he is now 3-1 in 11 appearences this season....Chance is off to a great start and seems to be more than ready for AA ball..... :-)

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theeagleman5

Clearwater hung on to beat the Lakeland Tigers today, 9-8 and guess who came on in the 9th to get the save?....yes, that would be our boy, Chance Chapman....another scoreless outing and his first save of the year on 3 groundouts....ERA now is 0.77......this season Chapman has started, pitched middle relief, set up and closer....a Chance of all trades!..... :-D

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theeagleman5

The Phillies have promoted Chappy to AA and the Reading Phillies!....this is good news and only about an hour drive for TheEagleman who will get up to see them this season at some point....problem is they are also using Chance in relief so you never know when he might pitch....still, a great start to the season for Chapman earning a promotion in just 6 weeks!... :-)

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theeagleman5

CHAPPY WINS BACK TO BACK GAMES FOR READING PHILS!......Chance came in and got his first win at the AA level Thursday night in a 2-1 win at Akron....then last night, Chance pitched a scoreless 11th vs. New Hampshire and the Phillies won the game in the bottom of the inning to make Chappy 2-0 in his first week of AA ball....won't be long before Chance is in the bullpen at Citizens Bank Park here in Philly..... :wink:....or include him in a trade to San Diego for Jake Peavy.... :-P

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tmh8286

I don't keep up with MLB at all, so I had to look up Jake Peavy.  Found this neat YouTube video:

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theeagleman5

Yes, Jake Peavy is a very good man as well as one of the top pitchers in the Majors....rumors have the Padres wanting to move him and his big salary for young players....problem is that Peavy has a full no trade in his contract and has to approve any deal....Phils would love to get him as would others but Jake is very picky about where he might want to relocate his family....Philadelphia has tough demanding fans but we are very loyal and Philly and surrounding suburbs are a great place to live....just ask mrs. Eagleman..... :-D

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theeagleman5

Another win for Chappy on Friday night as the Reading Phils beat New Hampshire....Chance pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and is now 3-0 after just 10 days in the AA Eastern League.... :-D

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theeagleman5

Chappy has gotten hit around in his last 2 outing for the Phillies....took the loss in a game last weekend when he gave up the winning run in the 11th inning and got banged around again on Sunday....he is now 3-1 but ERA has ballooned up to 6.55 in 11 appearances at AA Reading...... :-P

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theeagleman5

A scoreless inning for Chance last night in a loss to the Bowie Baysox.....his ERA dropped to a lusty 6.00......it's not as bad as it sounds because in 13 appearances so far at AA Reading he got hammered twice which hurts when you are a reliever.....overall, Chappy is having a pretty good season..... :-)

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theeagleman5

The good news for Chappy is that overall his combined record for Clearwater and Reading is 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA.....23 appearances and 35 total innings.....he's really having a good year for the Phillies....and the big club is in dire need of middle relief in the bullpen....TheEagleman is not saying that Chance will be in the majors in 2009 but 2010 is not out of the question if he continues to show stability as a middle reliever or set up man....after all, Chappy is no spring chicken at 25 yrs old....he should have the maturity in what is now his 3rd season as a pro.... I would expect if he continues to pitch well, Chapman should start the 2010 season in AAA pitching for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs....then again, TheEagleman would not be shocked if the Phils put together a late summer trade for a starter and Chance was included in that deal....:wink:

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theeagleman5

Chance went 2.1 innings tonight in relief and gave up 5 hits and 2 runs on long ball....Reading is getting hammered 9-4 in the 6th.....not his best outing of the year.... :-P

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theeagleman5

Chappy and the Reading Phils are over across the river in Trenton this weekend and TheEagleman is going to try and get over there to see them Sunday night....if i can get there early enough I will try to say hello to Chance prior to the game...last year at Lakewood, NJ...I was fortunate enough to catch him behind the plate charting pitches and we chatted for pre-game for about 5 minutes....nice kid....hope he gets to pitch this weekend..... :-)

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TheEagleman and grandsons went over to Trenton tonight to watch the Chance and the Reading Phils beat the Thunder, 8-3 in AA Eastern League ball tonight....unfortunately, Chappy didn't get in the game as the starter pitched well and went 7.....I did see him run in from the bullpen wearing #31 this year but never got a chance to say hello...there was a sellout crowd of 9000+ in attendence tonight....Chance did pitch a scoreless inning in last night's game..... :-)

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theeagleman5

Chappy pitched two scoreless innings last night and got the win when one of the Phillies hit a walk off HR in the botttom of the 11th.....Chance is now 4-1 on the season with Reading.....7-1 total if you include his A ball record with Clearwater..... :-D

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Bogus Smith

Looks like Chapman is making the best of his Chance with Reading!!  :-D

Seriously, this coming off season will be the most important six month's of Chance's baseball career and determine whether he will make it to the next level or be destined for a career primarily in the Minors with some limited opportunities in the Majors.  Chance could be trade bait for the Phillies if they don't need a middle reliever.

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theeagleman5

Chappy came in with the tying runs on in the 8th last night and bailed out starter( former first round pick Joe Savery of Rice) as the Phils hung on to beat Connecticut, 7-5.....another scoreless inning for Chance....2nd Place Reading is now 47-33 and 5 gaves behind Akron in the Eastern League southern division.... :-)

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tmh8286

I enjoy your updates on Chapman, Eagleman - thanks!  After a little bit of a rocky start it appears that Chance is doing well at the 2A level.  Is there any chance of him being moved up to 3A this season if he continues to see success?

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theeagleman5

Your welcome, TMH....of course, TheEagleman isn't in the heads of Phils braintrust but I would have to think Chance will finish this season at AA Reading unless a serious rash of injuries forces a call up....but a good opportunity for Chance to be in AAA Lehigh Valley next season because the Iron Pigs flat out stink....at 25, Chappy isn't exactly a young kid and has pitched well at each level of hte Phillies organization so far...I just hope he's not included in trade for a veteran arm prior to the major league deadline....overall he is 7-2 this season with an ERA under 3....not too shabby....by the way, Chance pitched a scoreless 9th this afternoon but Reading lost to Connecticut, 12-5..... :-P

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ORUTerry

Thanks for all of your updates on Chapman. I am always interested to hear how he is doing.

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theeagleman5

Chance has really settled in at Reading....he pitched another scoreless inning in a loss on Wednesday night....Phillies came back and won last night to take 2 of 3 from the first place Akron Aeros....Joe Savery, former Rice All American got the win last night and is 12-1 for Reading.... :-)

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theeagleman5

Reading's starter got bombed in the first 2 innings last night and Chappy came in to settle things down and threw 3 scoreless innings giving up only 2 hits and a walk with 2 Ks....his ERA drops to 3.84 in AA ball....the Phils tried to come back but lost 5-4 to Harrisburg at the state capital.....Chance even got an at bat last night but grounded out....he is 0-2 at the plate this season with Reading..... :-)

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tmh8286

Two questions for you baseball-savvy types - would Chance be considered a middle reliever?  It seems like he comes in and only throws one inning - is it all that hard for  a new guy on the mound to fool three batters?  In other words, seems like it wouldn't be that hard for a guy coming in to go a scoreless inning - right or wrong?

Last night seems like a much better showing of Chapman's ability.  What might the reason be that they only use him for one inning so often?  Pitching by committee or some other reason?

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