Pettibone strong, Phillies top Indians in South Philly

 

Baseball is a funny game. Before the 2013 season commenced, nobody would have guessed that six weeks into the season that Jonathan Pettibone would have as many major league wins as Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay combined.

Those guys have been described as studs throughout their enviable careers. Pettibone wasn’t even the most ballyhooed of Phillies pitching prospects entering the season.

Jesse Biddle and Adam Morgan garnered more hype than Pettibone in spring training.

But don’t tell that to Kevin Frandsen.

“That’s a stud right there,” Frandsen said after Pettibone led the Phillies to a 6-2 win over the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night. “He didn’t back down.”

That’s something Pettibone has exhibited throughout his short Phillies career. His fastball isn’t searing but he throws strikes and battles the opposition. Pettibone faced a formidable offensive foe that scored a pair of early runs. However, he fought back and went 6 2/3 innings. The unflappable Pettibone game up two runs in the second inning but he kept his composure. The 22-year old followed by retiring 11 of the next 13 hitters and giving up just four hits, while leading the Phillies to their third straight victory.

“It was good to not give up any more runs after that second inning,” Pettibone said. “It worked out.”

Charlie Manuel was impressed.

“I thought he pitched a good game,” Manuel said. “He kept his composure. His fastball was over both sides of the plate. He got his breaking ball over at the right time.”

Manuel was just as impressive as Pettibone when it came to handling his leaky bullpen. With the Indians threatening in the eighth and Mike Adams unavailable, the Phillies went with a committee of relievers before handing the ball off to closer Jonathan Papelbon.

Antonio Bastado, Justin DeFratus and Jeremy Horst each recorded eighth-inning outs.

The bottom of the order generated enough offense for the win. John Mayberry Jr. drove in three runs. Domonic Brown hit his team-leading seventh homer. Frandsen also went yard. The Phillies have now hit sixteen straight solo homers.

“All that matters is that we won,” Frandsen said.

Pettibone made that possible but he has been solid ever since he was called up. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in each of his five starts.

“I’m telling you the guy can pitch,” Frandsen said. “He’s that good.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Local

Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

Season 11’s top four dancers gave their final performances before America’s Favorite Dancers are announced next week.

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

MUSIC The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees…

Going Out

5 things to do this weekend in NYC

The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees expected. David Guetta,…

Television

'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.

NFL

Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.

NFL

Source: Stephen Hill 'faces a battle' to make…

A team source says Stephen Hill, who has battled injuries and poor performances during his first two years, is no lock to make the Jets’ final roster.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…

Home

Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.