We knew Monday night would be a special one for Jonathan Pettibone, no matter what happened, as the 2010 BlueClaw made his big league debut.
We didn’t know Monday night would be so special for 2011 BlueClaws LHP Jesse Biddle.
We’ll start with Pettibone, who didn’t earn the win, but gave up just two runs in 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and no walks as the Phillies topped Pittsburgh 3-2.
“The first couple of innings the nerves were going a little bit,” Pettibone said. “Once I settled down, I got in a nice little rhythm there.”
There were a couple of unique layers to Pettibone’s debut with the Phillies. 1) Charlie Manuel managed Jay Pettibone, Jon’s father, in the minors with the Twins. 2) Jon Pettibone is the first player born in the 1990s to play for the Phillies.
Did managing the son of a player he managed in the minors make the 69-year-old manager feel old?
“Not really,” Manuel said. “I think old is about how you feel, what you make of yourself.
“If I manage his grandson, I think that would be great. I’d like that. That’d be super.”
Here is the updated Shore to the Show list, with Pettibone at #50.
“The game plan was being aggressive,” Pettibone said. “I didn’t want to pick around the strike zone. I wanted to pitch to my strengths and go after them.”
He’s earned another couple of starts with John Lannan expected to be out for a little bit.
Meanwhile, Jesse Biddle was phenomenal for Reading in a win at Harrisburg.
He retired the first 19 he faced, with 14 strikeouts, losing the perfect game and the no-hit bid in the 7th inning, and picking up strike out #16 in his 105th pitch stranding the bases loaded. The Philly native likes the cooler temperatures.
“I love it out here,” said the Double-A Reading hurler and Pennsylvania native following a game in Harrisburg. “I think in the beginning, it was 53, but in the end it was like 46. For me, I don’t think bats work as much then. But as long as I’m feeling comfortable and controlling everything the way I want, it’s all great for me.”
“Tonight what I saw was maybe as dominant a start as I’ve seen in my career as a coach,” said Reading pitching coach David Lundquist. “I mean, when you’re talking command-wise and his overall stuff, that’s probably as good as you’re ever going to see at this or any level of the game.”
Biddle differed slightly on the semantics, but still felt that he had thrown the best outing of his Minor League career, now in its fourth year.
“I don’t like to use the word ‘dominant’ so much, but it’s the most in control I’ve felt for sure,” he said. “In control of my emotions, in control of my composure, in control of the baseball, all that stuff. It all starts with my delivery. If I can get that down, I can get the ball going where I want it too.”
Gregg from Phuture Phillies I noticed tweeted that he’d be heading over to Harrisburg for the game. Good choice!