Part of the fun of a season has to be when a team calls up a pitcher from the minors and the big league team gets a win, that's what happened last night when Jonathan Pettibone made his first major league start last night and the Phillies picked up a win by a 3-2 score over the Pirates.
Pettibone didn't get the win, but pitched 5.1 innings and only scattered six hits, two of which were home runs Jonathan had 6 strikeouts on the night and didn't walk any batters.
The Phillies had the obvious choice in bringing Tyler Cloyd to the majors as they did last year, when in 6 games he went 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA. Cloyd struck out 30 and gave up 8 HR in his MLB appearances last season. He had been one of the Phillies highest touted minor league pitcher, and now Pettibone is getting his chance at the big league experience.
Cloyd is going to be 26 years old in a month, and Pettibone is 22, but Pettibone has been in the Phillies system since he was 17 years old.
It's great to get a win and beat a pitcher like A.J. Burnett, who is in his 15th season now as a major league pitcher, starting his career off in 1999 with the Florida Marlins. Burnett went 16-10 for the Pirates last year. The New York Yankees are still paying half of Burnett's 2013 salary of $16.5M this season and paid an even larger part of the yearly $16.5M salary last year. On February 19th 2012, the Yankees traded him to the Pirates for some minor leaguers and the stipulation that the Yankees are paying a good portion of the remaining money owed to Burnett.
It's game two tonight, in the Philly area it has been unseasonably cold, so it's going to be chilly again down at the ballpark as Cole Hamels (0-2) is still searching for his first win in 2013 with a 6.46 ERA. In his 4 starts so far, Hamels has given up 17 ER and 4 HR while striking out 20 batters. His last start vs. St. Louis was a strong one for Hamels, but it earned him a ND, he pitched 7.0 innings and struck out 8 against the Cards on April 18th.
Jonathan Pettibone's minor league numbers: