Notes From The Phillies’ 3-2 Win Over PittsburghBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
- Solid major league debut for Jonathan Pettibone, who allowed just two runs over 5.1 innings. The rookie scattered six hits, and struck out six batters.
- Raul Valdes earned the win after one of his better appearances of the season. Valdes came on in relief for Pettibone in the sixth, and recorded the final two outs of the inning without surrendering a run.
- Antonio Bastardo, Mike Adams, and Jonathan Papelbon all pitched scoreless frames to finish off the game. With Bastardo rediscovering himself, the Phillies have a very effective 1-2-3 punch from the seventh inning and on.
- Good night at the plate for Jimmy Rollins, who went 2-3 and drove in two runs, including the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.
- John Mayberry batted second once again, and failed miserably in two opportunities to break the game open. Mayberry flailed badly at a pitch in the dirt in the fourth inning to strike out with the bases loaded, and struck out again with two runners in scoring position in the sixth inning.
- Chase Utley went 2-4 to raise his average to .306 for the year.
- Pettibone also helped himself offensively by drawing a walk and later coming around to score the first run of the ballgame.
Pettibone’s impressive debut made this a really nice win for the Phillies.
With John Lannan on the shelf for possibly two months, the Phils are going to need Pettibone or someone else within the organization step up and give them some kind of stability in the fifth starter’s role. The rookie was able to do that last night, and we’ll see if he’s able to continue his success later in the week.
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