Cody Asche is heating up. In the Phillies' weekend series against the Reds, Asche went 7 for 12 with two doubles, a homer, six RBIs, a walk and three runs scored.
It has to feel great for Asche, who experienced his worst game as a professional last Tuesday in the Phillies' 4-2 loss to the Angels. Asche committed three errors in that game and two in one inning that enabled the Halos to score all of their runs.
The greatest third baseman in Phillies history and arguably the best defensive third baseman ever, Mike Schmidt, reached out to Asche after that tough night.
"I just said to him 'I've been there, I felt your pain, I've done that,'" Schmidt said. "'Do your best to forget it, everything's going to be fine a couple games from now, no one will remember it. ... You're not the first person this has happened to.'"
Asche has rebounded, just as Schmidt said. He's made all the plays since Tuesday and has been on fire at the plate. His batting line after the series win over Cincinnati is all the way up to .259/.344/.444. His .788 OPS is the highest it's been since the Phillies' eighth game of the season.
"Coming from [Schmidt], and just to know that he really cares," Asche said, "it shows what kind of guy he is."
Not a bad source of support for a 23-year-old.