- David Buchanan was called up to take Cliff Lee’s spot in the rotation, and responded with five solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits to get the win.
- Buchanan didn’t allow a run, and struck out two.
- The Phillies offense was sparked today by Ben Revere, who returned to the lead-off spot to go 4-4, scoring three runs and knocking in an RBI.
- Revere hit his first double of the season in the first inning, and came around to score on a two-run homer from Chase Utley.
- Jimmy Rollins went back to the two-hole, and went 1-4 with two RBI’s.
- Marlon Byrd went 1-3 with another double.
- Domonic Brown went 0-3 before leaving the game with an injury.
- Cesar Hernandez got another start at third, and went 0-2 with a walk and scored a run.
- Jake Diekman worked two scoreless innings in relief of Buchanan.
- Mike Adams pitched a clean eighth inning.
- Jonathan Papelbon earned his 13th save of the season.
It was an encouraging major league debut for David Buchanan.
The rookie gave a quality performance against a good team, providing an end to the Phillies’ most recent losing streak.
Ben Revere also turned in his strongest game of the season, and this performance will probably earn him some of his playing time back, but don’t be fooled. The problems with Revere’s game are still very much in play. The fact that it took Revere until the end of May to record an extra-base hit as an every-day player is very discouraging.