The Phillies’ win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night can be traced right back to the team’s offseason blueprint. Back in December, the Phils sacrificed starting pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May in trades. The Phils did that because they believed they had a handful of pitchers in the high minors that were close to helping in the major leagues. A 22-year-old right-hander named Jonathan Pettibone was one of them. Also in December, the Phils signed free-agent reliever Mike Adams. Club officials believed Adams would fix the problematic eighth inning and help get the ball from Antonio Bastardo in the seventh inning to Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth. The best laid plans of the Phillies’ winter paid dividends in Monday night’s 3-2 victory (see Instant Replay). Fans will begin finding out soon whether another piece of the wintertime plan, Delmon Young, can be the outfield bat this team so desperately needs. In the meantime, they can savor a victory that included a nice big-league debut from Pettibone, like-they-drew-it-up bullpen work from the trio of Bastardo, Adams and Papelbon (don’t forget Raul Valdes, as well), and Jimmy Rollins’ 800th career RBI. “We played a real good game,” said manager Charlie Manuel, obviously ignoring the 2-for-12 performance of his hitters with runners in scoring position.
A solid start, milestone RBI and superb relief equal win for Phils
CSN Philly | Apr 23