Falling behind fast in the NL East, the Phillies were more than due for a team shake up which began on Thursday. Over the course of almost 3 days here is who is in and who is out:
COMING IN FROM LEHIGH VALLEY:
LHP Jake Diekman, 25 years old (no major league experience), LHP Raul Valdes, 34 years old (2 years in majors, 6 in minors), Third baseman Hector Luna, 32 years old (parts of 7 years in majors out of 11 years total), 2nd and 3rd baseman Mike Fontenot, 31 years old (6th season in majors out of 8).
LHP Joe Savery (to Lehigh Valley), RHP Michael Schwimer (to Lehigh Valley when Cliff Lee came off the DL), RHP Brian Sanches (to Lehigh Valley), Catcher Erik Kratz (to Lehigh Valley), Outfielder Laynce Nix (to the 15-day DL with a strained left calf), Oufielder Scott Podsednik (to the Boston Red Sox for cash).
Is your head spinning yet? Here is an analogy for you: Remember years ago when people joked that McDonalds chicken McNuggets were “pieces parts?” You had no idea if you ate one what exact part or grade of chicken you might be getting. That is now the Philadelphia Phillies. They are going to toss out onto the field some “pieces parts” and see what happens. Just call them the “McPhillies.”
Last night’s version of the McPhillies actually tasted ok. Thanks to 3-RBI nights and home runs from both Carlos Ruiz and John Mayberry Jr., things worked out well and ended in a 7-3 win. Freddy Galvis added an RBI as well with a double in the 6th inning.
It appears that Galvis is getting a little better at the plate everyday, which is great news. And Mayberry has a 4-game hitting streak going, which means maybe he is out of the slump. That would be huge for this team because Mayberry can add some real power if he keeps going well.
Vance Worley had a quality start with 3 runs allowed in 6 innings. So the bullpen was going to have to hold the Padres to those 3 runs, which they have been unable to do in many games now. But magically, both Antonio Bastardo and Chad Qualls decided they like their jobs and pitched pretty well. I say magic, but perhaps it was the oncoming lights of the Lehigh Valley train that inspired them?
Whatever it was, it’s a win and we’ll take it. Can the new McPhillies pull off 2 wins in a row? We shall see…game time tonight is 7:05pm.
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