Posted by Alex Lee, Tue, May 14, 2013 10:18 PM Comments: 0
The Phillies used timely hitting and good starting pitching to go 4-3 on last week’s West Coast trip. They did it again on Tuesday night, this time in Philadelphia, winning 6-2 over the Indians behind Jonathan Pettibone. John Mayberry Jr. provided most of the offense for the Phils, knocking in three runs on three hits. The victory gave them their third three-game win streak of the season. They have yet to win four in a row.
PETTIBONE DOES IT AGAIN
- Despite being squeezed all night by home plate umpire Brian Knight, Pettibone delivered yet another quality outing. He didn’t have his best stuff (only three Ks) and was wild for the second consecutive start (two walks, two HBPs), but Pettibone battled through 6.2 innings and only gave up four hits and two earned runs. This high wire act has been the norm for the rookie in his first month as a major leaguer, but to his credit he has given the Phillies a chance to win in all five of his starts (they’re 4-1 behind him).
- The only blemish for Pettibone on Tuesday night was a one-out, two-run single off the bat of Michael Brantley in the second inning. The Indians really made the rookie work in the early going, forcing him to throw 59 pitches in the first three innings. After escaping unscathed from a bases loaded jam in the third, Pettibone cruised through the next three frames, throwing only 29 pitches in the process. Pettibone was pulled after getting two outs in the seventh, making Tuesday night’s start the longest of his career.
MAYBERRY, LONG BALL THE DIFFERENCE FOR PHILS OFFENSE
- Lefty killer John Mayberry Jr. had the decisive knock for the Phils, lacing a two-run double off Indians southpaw Scott Kazmir into the left center gap in the fourth inning. Mayberry, whose double gave the Phils a 3-2 lead, had a much-needed three-hit night. He had three hits in all of May headed into Tuesday, which was good for an abysmal .143 average.