"It was fun to get back here and play in front of everybody," Asche said. "I think it was just better to see everybody at night. I had a good dinner with them [on Saturday]. It was a good time."
The Phillies ended up losing, 5-3, on Sunday, but Asche relished the chance to play in his hometown for the first time since being called up last season -- after the Phillies had already visited the Cardinals.
Asche, who grew up about 25 minutes from Busch Stadium, hadn't played in the Majors since May 22 while dealing with a strained left hamstring. His rehab stint came to an end on Wednesday -- perfect timing for a return home.
"He's really swung the bat well since he got back here," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He made a lot of good contact, so that was big."
Asche went 3-for-12 in his first three games off the disabled list but represented the Phillies' primary offense on Sunday; he had two of the team's five hits and drove in all of its runs.
The quick success, he said, left a good feeling.
"It was a little bit of a confidence booster to come back and step in and help contribute any way that I could," he said. "I think you always have a little bit of doubt in your mind if you come off an injury and step into a team that's playing really well. You don't want to step in and be a weak link."
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.