Saturday, May 30, 2009

Phils beat Nats in second straight; Bastardo will start Tuesday

The Phillies powered their way past the Nationals tonight, as Ryan Howard hit two bombs, including a grand slam which reached the third deck out in right field. It was an absolute blast, putting the team in front and the Phillies never looked back. Cole Hamels was not all that encouraging as he didn't pitch very well, but the bullpen was excellent and held the lead, giving the Phillies a chance to sweep the series against Washington this weekend.

The Phillies have announced that Antonio Bastardo will take Brett Myers' place on Tuesday, opposing the San Diego Padres and Jake Peavy. The team decided to base their move on minor league statistics, with Bastardo performing the best of the candidates. In the minors this season, Bastardo is 3-2 with a 1.89 ERA. He's struck out 51 and walked 10. This marks the first time in recent history that the Phillies have four left handed pitchers in the starting rotation.

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