Philadelphia, PA - This afternoon in the series finale matinee against the San Diego Padres (62-67), right hander Alec Asher will be making his major league debut for the Philadelphia Phillies (52-78) as they seek their fifth series sweep of the season.
Asher, 23, is the second return from the Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman trade to the Texas Rangers to make his big-league debut this season. The other, right hander Jerad Eickhoff, has allowed just three earned runs on 11 hits and two walks over 12.0 innings.
"It's awesome. It's a dream come true. I've worked my whole life for this since I was a little boy," said Asher in an interview with reporters prior to Saturday night's game. "It's awesome to finally get here."
Asher had Tommy John surgery at the age of 14, which he has said enabled him to learn early on what it takes to achieve his goals and how to obtain 'a good work ethic'.
The Lakeland, Florida-native continued, commenting on the current state of the team and how he can contribute with just over 30 games remaining in the season.
"There's a lot of young talent on this team. A lot of good guys. You just try to be a part of it and try to do what you can to make the team better."
Starting Pitching Matchup:
|San Diego Padres (62-67)||Philadelphia Phillies (52-78)|
|RHP||James Shields||RHP||Alec Asher|
|(9-6, 3.89 ERA)||LHV: (2-0, 2.08 ERA; 26 IP)|