In this edition, Lesley sits down with Phillies pitcher Michael Stutes at McFadden’s at the Ballpark.
Kyle Kendrick threw five strong innings in the opener of a day-night doubleheader and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 3-1 Thursday, reducing the magic number for clinching their fifth straight NL East title to three.
De Fratus has spent most of the season at AA Reading, going 4-0 in 23 games with eight saves and a 2.10 ERA. That work got the Phillies’ 11th-round pick in the 2007 draft promoted to AAA on June 16th.
Should the need for more quality arms emerge for the Phillies, they have some real options at AAA Lehigh Valley. Right at the top of that list is 6’8″ righthander Michael Schwimer.
Shane Victorino had a two-run double and two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Saturday night.
While many times, rookie arms on good teams are relegated to mop-up duty, Stutes has stepped right in to get key 7th and 8th inning outs for the Phils since being called up from AAA in late April.
Lance Berkman lined a bases-loaded single over a drawn-in outfield with one out in the ninth inning, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 2-1 victory over the run-starved Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
The Philadelphia Phillies placed closer Jose Contreras on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a strained right elbow.
Delwyn Young hit a three-run home run off Joe Nathan, who allowed six runs while getting one out in the Minnesota Twins split squad’s 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.