Roy Halladay came to the Philadelphia Philles for 2 of the 3 prized youngsters in the vault. That was in 2010, when they were making noise in the high minors. If they were ready for the 2011 campaign, where are they?
Penthouse Occupancy for the 6-4 triumph: 4
The Chrystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Jonathan Papelbon.
The bullpen had difficulty in the 8th with 2 runs on the scoreboard, 2 one-baggers and a free pass. Cinco Ocho polished off 2 with no wiggle room, as he recorded his first 5-out save.
He was joined on the top floor by John Mayberry Jr., Hector Luna and Hunter Pence. Luna singled in 2 with 2 retired, and the first-frame bases loaded on 3 funky knocks. He, also, provided insurance with an RBI double in the 7th on a 2 for 4 night, and he had 3 steaks. Kyle Kendrick escaped a runners-at-the-corners jam with no outs in the 3rd. In the 5th, Pence went yard for a tally of 2, which pushed the advantage to 3. He enjoyed a 3 for 4 evening also. Paps entered the one-out 8th with the sacks-juiced, and he stranded them after a harmless popup before a called third.
The Leather Warehouse presented the how-did-you-catch-that award to Mayberry for his victory-preserving gem on the 27th out.
The House Of Blues welcomed HP ump Kerwin Danley, who appeared fooled on a HBP to a batter before he swiped 2nd in the 4th.
The Lighthouse was on duty during a wet night, including a delay with a downpour in the 5th.
A House Call led to Jose Contreras’ unexpected departure in the 7th after developing a sore elbow that will land him on the DL today.
I will publish after every battle that is not washed out. The Phillies finished last summer 42 games over .500, which equaled a year of many positives. I will have many season-long highlights of puzzle pieces, especially important after drubbings and defeats.
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The Cannot-Miss Three:
It was 2009 and the trade talk turned to minor-league inventory. Surely, you remember the hard-to-part-with three: Kyle Drabek, Dom Brown and Michael Taylor. How could Rube Amaro give away MLB locks? Now it’s 2012, 1 is in the majors, and that was by default.
Drabek was ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas even with 2 open rotation slots, and his 2011 stats were the reason. Injury and demotion left 2 spots available to 3 question marks. He went 2-0 with a 3.72 March ERA. That said, after a solid April, he is 2-3 with a 7.11 May ERA. Another trip to Triple-A appears possible.
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Taylor had the reputation of struggling at each level before he excelled. However, that is a real stretch for a parent club and Rube knew it. If the A’s cannot be patient with him, there aren’t many possibilities for him. Brown, on the other hand, might be saddled with changing from right and leftfield to center. He, also, either had a dip in confidence or the league caught up with him. These were the cash crops on the farm and you should remember their names. Why? Sooner or later the natives will gripe that Amaro mortgaged our tomorrow.
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He had his worse showing against the Fish in the home opener, but it was only close to a debacle. Last year his 1st outings of the tour and the second half were monstrosities. He had this line against Miami: 5.1 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs (3 earned), 0 BB, 9 punch outs and 96 fired bullets.
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He is 3-1 with a 2.97 road ERA for exactly half his efforts. He has lasted 7 full or more in 5 of 10 appearances with 2 clunkers.
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Quality number of the pitcher: 1 – 5
Slot on his club: 1 – 5
Ranking is 1 to 5 & 15 for the less adventurous.
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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: core value (Wednesday)
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