One full month of the MLB season is in the books, what are the biggest surprises?
Mike Fiers has always been a late bloomer. He was a 22nd round pick in 2009, and was already 24 years old as his college career took some time due to injuries. He never ranked as a top prospect, and has logged 116 games and 483.1 innings in the Minor Leagues, despite making his MLB debut in 2011.
Let’s look at the 10 biggest MLB first-half pleasant and unpleasant surprises.
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Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley homered to support Roberto Hernandez’s solid start, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Wednesday night for their third straight win over the NL Central leaders.
Domonic Brown homered and had a two-run single and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied from a big early deficit to outlast the struggling Milwaukee Brewers 9-7 Tuesday night.
Chase Utley hit a two-run homer, and Cole Hamels allowed one earned run over 6 2-3 innings for his first victory in a month as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Monday night.
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Marlon Byrd homered and had two RBIs for the Phillies, who lost their fourth straight.
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Philadelphia starter Roberto Hernandez allowed four runs – three earned – on seven hits in five innings while coming within one strikeout of matching his career high with nine.
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Ryan Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven RBIs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers over Philadelphia 10-4 Tuesday, spoiling the Phillies’ home opener.
Former National League MVP Ryan Braun was suspended without pay for the rest of the season and the postseason Monday, the first penalty from baseball’s investigation of players reportedly tied to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
Kyle Lohse pitched eight strong innings to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat Jonathan Pettibone and the Phillies 9-1 on Sunday.