Posted by Nick "Beerman" Staskin, Thu, December 10, 2009 10:24 AM Comments: 7
Throughout the month, Phillies Nation will be counting down the Top 25 Phillies Moments of 2009.
Going into the Phillies game against the Rockies on August 5, there were some questions surrounding the last two spots in the Phillies rotation. Jamie Moyer, JA Happ and Pedro Martinez were all vying for those two coveted spots.
So what did JA Happ do? Only threw nine shutout innings, allowed a mere four hits and struck ten batters in his second complete game shutout of the season. Throwing 127 pitches, Happ proved to Charlie Manuel he had the arm to go the distance in big games down the stretch.
Pedro went on to strike out 11 down in Reading, and it was Happ and Martinez in the rotation and Jamie Moyer off to the bullpen thanks in part to one August night.
A game that was never in doubt, was put away with a Jayson Werth three-run bomb in the fifth that ended all scoring for the night. Not that the Phillies needed it… Happ was that good.