(Photo Courtesy: AP Images/Gene J. Puskar)
By: David Malandra(@djmjr788)
Fox1470.com Phillies Contributor
After losing 3 of 4 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Phillies opened a 3 game Holiday Series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The Scheduled pitching matchup was Jonathan Pettibone vs. Pirates Brandon Cumpton. Charlie Manuel made changes to lineup; Michael Young lead off the game, Jimmy Rollins Batting 3rd, Chase Utley batting 2nd, Ben Revere batting 7th.
Pirate’s pitcher Brandon Cumpton first pitch to Michael Young was a strike. Jonathan Pettibone & Brandon Cumpton were throwing scoreless inning. In the 5th inning, Phillies catch Carlos Ruiz got hit by pitch that nailed him in the elbow. Before Ryan Howard stepped to the plate in the 6th inning, Phillies Radio Analyst Larry Anderson said the following "It is time for Ryan Howard to get out of his slump" & he did by scoring the first runs of game came in the top of 6th inning when Ryan Howard singles to center scoring Chase Utley for a 1-0 lead & in the process, Howard ends his 0-22 slump, the Phillies were not done, Domonic Brown hits a sacrifice fly to center scoring Jimmy Rollins to make it 2-0, Then Delmon Young doubles to center scoring Ryan Howard to make it 3-0, during the play Delmon Young advances to 3rd, on a throwing error by shortstop Jordy Mercer.
The Pirates get on the board in the bottom of 6th inning when Garrett Jones hits a solo home run to cut Phillies lead 3-1 & it would be all for Jonathan Pettibone. The Phillies bull pen would take over, and throw scoreless innings the rest of the way with Jonathan Papelbon coming in and throwing a 1-2-3 scoreless 9th inning for the save, Phillies beat Pirates 3-1 & in the Process ending the Pirates 9 game winning streak. Jonathan Pettibone went 5.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 6 strikeouts on 102 pitches. Pirates Brandon Cumpton went 5.2 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 strikeouts on 88 pitches.
Interesting stat during the game, Since PNC Park opened in 2001; No Phillies player has hit a Homerun out of PNC Park into the Allegheny River.
Fan Feedback during game:
Keiana D. Williams on Twitter (@PHSportsGoddess) “ WE WONNED.
Jenny Buxhoeveden on Facebook & Twitter (@Jennyx3Bux) “ Phillies win & end the Pirates winning streak!!
WP: Jonathan Pettibone (4-3)
LP: Brandon Cumpton (0-1)
S: Jonathan Papelbon (15)
Time of game: 3:04
Attendance at PNC Park in Pittsburgh PA 30,301