Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happ rocks the Rox

J.A. Happ silenced talk of him moving to the bullpen last night, tossing his second career complete game shutout in a 7-0 victory over Colorado. It was also his second shutout of the season, his first coming in Toronto.

The bats woke up and supported Happ early. Pedro Feliz and Jimmy Rollins homered in the second inning, and Jayson Werth's three-run blast in the fifth put the Phils on top 7-0 to stay.

Happ was in command from the start, mixing his pitches and hitting his spots all night. His four hit, ten strikeout performance was yet another statement that he deserves a spot in the rotation.

Every time it looked as though the Rockies would scratch across a run, Happ made quality pitches and got the big strikeout or pop-up that he needed. He threw a career high 127 pitches, and impressively, 84 of them were strikes.

Happ's gem needs to be a step in the right direction and motivate the Phillies to get hot again. Cliff Lee takes the mound for the Phils this afternoon in an outstanding match-up with Colorado's Aaron Cook.

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