JP Starts, JP Closes

22-year-old Pettibone had a credible debut. Two web gems helped him early in the game but he settled down and kept the Phillies in the game. On top of that, he’ll always remember his first at-bat, a walk which turned into his first run scored, coming on a wild pitch. His family was there, Californians not accustomed to cold Philly Aprils.

From Elias Sports Bureau: the rookie allowed only two runs and struck out six without issuing a walk. Only two other Phillies pitchers have registered at least six strikeouts without allowing a walk in their major-league debut: Charles Hudson on May 31, 1983 (8 SO against the Dodgers) and Carlton Loewer on June 14, 1998 (8 SO against the Cubs).

J-Roll collected his 800th RBI, a sixth-inning single that plated the winning run. The Phillies first two runs came on a wild pitch and a hit-batter. RISP was 2-12, not good numbers.

Papelbon closed it out with a save. He’s now 55-for-55 in April saves.

Another Meaningless Trivia
Using first names, Jonathan started the game and Jonathan closed the game. It that a first in Phillies history that two Jonathans did that?

Baron’s Corner
Utley leads the Phillies with 15 RBI; pinch hitters are second with 10 . . . Phillies are 17-4 vs. the Pirates in the last 21 games at Citizens Bank Park . . . As part of the South Atlanta League All-Star Game festivities scheduled in June at Lakewood’s FirstEnergy Park, a celebrity home run hitting contest will take place on the 17th, the night before the game. Mickey Morandini and Matt Stairs have joined the celebs list. Mitch Williams and Doc Gooden are two others. Tickets are available at . . . Happy Birthdays today go to Rheal Cormier, 46 and Carlos Silva, 34.

Comment Corner
Thanks for the comment posted yesterday by Rick Goldstein. He pointed out the first Phillies player on the cover of Sports Illustrated was Ken Walters in 1961 and not Art Mahaffey in 1963, as I had read on another website.

Minor League Report
**Lehigh Valley lost its 10:35 a.m. get-away home game, 8-2. All aboard a bus then for a long trip to Indianapolis and a night game Tuesday. Life in the minors: the IronPigs are in the midst of a crazy string of starting times of 6:15, 12:05, 6:15, 12:05, 5:35 (DH); 1:35, 10:35, 7:05 and 11:05. Sleeping and eating routines are not routine.

**Reading: LH Jess Biddle turned in a real gem at Harrisburg. He retired the first 19 hitters, 14 on strikeouts, before losing a perfect game with a walk and a single. He struck out 16 in 7 innings and as a hitter, stroked 2 doubles in 3 at-bats. Biddle won, 3-2, with Kyle Simon getting his 5th save. He struck out 1. Harrisburg pitchers fanned 15. Of the 32 strikeouts, 23 were swinging.

**Clearwater lost, 2-1, at Lakeland.

**Lakewood was idle.

This Date
April 23, 1961—RHP Art Mahaffey sets a Phillies record with 17 strikeouts in a 6-0 win over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader at Connie Mack Stadium. RHP Frank Sullivan blanks the Cubs, 1-0, in the first game. Mahaffey’s record still stands.

For more Phillies phlashback moments, visit


Richie Ashburn had the cover of Sports Illustated sometime between 1957 and 1959, but he appeared on the cover in a drawing not a photograph.

The Poetry Corner:

‘The Phillies Magic Formula’
( for Jonathan Pettibone starts, at least for the first two).

“Five Innings of Jonathan,
Last four innings pitched by the ‘Pen.
Third time ’round the lineup the other team will have figured out his game,
Get that rookie out of there before then!”

-Dennis Orlandini

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