Game 20 – Monday Night, April 22nd in Philadelphia
Record – 9-11, 4th Place, 5 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: Jonathan Pettibone was impressive in his Major League debut and an RBI single from Jimmy Rollins delivered a 3-2 Phillies victory.
What It Means: The Phillies won a close ballgame and they'll go for their third win in a row tonight.
What Went Right: Pettibone's start was necessitated by John Lannan's knee injury. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing two home runs and six hits overall. The bullpen did a nice job with 3 2/3 shutout innings and Jonathan Papelbon secured his fourth save of the season.
The Phillies scored their third and eventual winning run in the sixth. With two outs, Erik Kratz walked and pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera barely beat out an infield single. Rollins then singled to right, scoring Kratz.
Featured Card: To date, Pettibone's only widely available baseball cards are his 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects card (featured in this post when he was added to the team's 40-man roster) and a 2011 Topps Heritage Minors Real One Autographs card. This is one of his minor league cards from last year, when he was a member of the team formerly known as the Reading Phillies.
Pettibone has the distinction of being the first player born in the 1990s to play with the Phillies and his six strikeouts were the most for a Phillies pitcher making his debut since Cole Hamels struck out seven in his debut on May 12, 2006.