Another strong outing from Joe, another save for Brad and another road win last night in San Diego. Eastern newspapers don’t provide much details on west coast games because of deadlines but phillies.com can.
Tonight, Antonio Bastardo makes his major league debut, starting in Brett’s place. To make room for the 23-year-old lefty, John Mayberry Jr. was optioned to Lehigh Valley. He’ll join them in Indianapolis. Mayberry needs to play every day and get at-bat after at-bat. He’s a power hitter with a future.
Bastardo is a three-pitch pitcher, fast ball (88-92), slider (80-84) and change (79-84). His fast ball has tailing action, the slider is sharp with bite and his change is a very good one. History indicates he throws strikes.
He actually started the season at Reading in the bullpen. Being left-handed, it was an area we wanted to add some depth. After four relief appearances (1-0, 2 saves, 1.23 ERA), he returned to the starting rotation on April 25.
Bastardo was promoted to AAA, where he made two starts for the IronPigs. He struck out 11 in 6 innings of his first start (95 pitches, 66 strikes), a no-decision, and won his last start (Thursday) with seven shutout innings (95 pitches, 59 strikes). Strangely, he had only one strikeout. Dallas Green was dispatched to Lehigh Valley to see Bastardo’s AAA debut.
Phillies fans are obviously getting behind their favorite players, judging from the NL All-Star voting update yesterday. Raul moved from sixth to second in one week.
Remember, you can vote on-line at phillies.com. Fans can also vote with paper ballots at Citizens Bank Park. Over 130,000 ballots from the last homestand were shipped to the voting headquarters this morning.
Minor League Notes
RHP Kyle Drabek and 1B Jim Murphy are the Phillies minor league pitcher and player of the week, respectively, for the May 25-31 time period . . . Drabek makes his AA debut at Reading on Thursday night against Akron . . . Lehigh Valley reliever, Mike Koplove, exercised his June 1 option and is a free agent. Koplove had an clause in his contract if he wasn’t in the majors with us by June 1, he had the right to opt out of the contract and become a free agent.