Phils Rebound With Matinee Win
- Updated: May 24, 2014
After a frustrating Friday night loss, the Phillies came out swinging on Saturday afternoon. David Buchanan made his major league debut on the mound for the Fightins’, and he made a good first impression. Buchanan made quick work of the Dodgers in the first, setting the tone for the afternoon.
Ben Revere led off the bottom of the first with a double. Two batters later, Chase Utley stepped in and launched a home run to right field to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
The Phillies scored again in the bottom of the second, when Carlos Ruiz and Cesar Hernandez started with back to back walks. Before Buchanan could lay down a sacrifice bunt, Ruiz was picked off second by Dodgers’ catcher A.J. Ellis. Buchanan managed to lay down the sac bunt, getting Hernandez to second with two outs.
Revere then laced a single to center-field that brought Hernandez home for a 3-0 lead. Revere advanced to second on the throw home, and he would score on a single to right by Jimmy Rollins, making it 4-0 Phillies. Revere has been in and out of the lineup the last few weeks, but started today by going 2-2 with a run batted in and scored two runs.
Buchanan went five innings, scattering five hits and allowing two runs. He had two strikeouts and did not walk a batter, staying out of trouble for the most part. It was up to the bullpen to hold the lead, and today they were up to the task.
Revere singled again to start the fifth, and came all the way around to third on a throwing error by pitcher Dan Haren. He would score his third run of the day on a ground out by Rollins for the fifth Phillie run.
Jake Diekman came in to pitch the sixth, and wound up going two innings, allowing one run on a hit and a walk. Mike Adams pitched a scoreless eighth, paving the way for Jonathan Papelbon. Pap allowed a single and a walk before recording the third out to earn the save and preserve the win for Buchanan.
The Phils offense woke up today, going 3-7 with runners in scoring position and left only four men on base. The rook was solid in his first major league start, not shying away from contact and avoiding hard hit balls. He earned the win in his first start, which is more than Kyle Kendrick can say so far this season.
The Phillies look to win the series on Sunday afternoon when A.J. Burnett takes the hill against Josh Beckett for Los Angeles. First pitch slated for 1:35.
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