Apr 022011
Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr.

Phillies OF John Mayberry Jr.

April 2:

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Phillies rally for 3 in 9th to beat Astros

April 2 Camden Courier-Post:

“Pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. lined an RBI single off closer Brandon Lyon that capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning today and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Houston Astros 5-4. On a day where Brett Myers nearly stuck it to his old team by outdueling Roy Halladay, the Phillies had some comeback drama on opening day. Trailing 4-2 to start the ninth, the Phillies got going when Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard started with singles off Lyon (0-1). After Raul Ibanez popped up, Rollins stole third and Ben Francisco lined an RBI single. Carlos Ruiz followed with a single and Wilson Valdez hit a tying single that kept the bases loaded with one out. Mayberry then sent a shot”

If bats are quiet, arms will feel heat

April 2 Camden Courier-Post columnist Martin Frank:

“The offensive onslaught never came. The home runs, the doubles off the wall, the relentless attack that rarely stopped over the past several seasons was missing in the afternoon chill. It might be like that this season, what with Jayson Werth in Washington and Chase Utley — and his knee — in limbo. So they might have to single their foes to death this season, like they did in the ninth inning Friday. They connected for six singles in the frame to drive in three runs and earn a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros. Mostly, the Phillies will have to rely on their starting pitching. So it’s no wonder that Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, especially, got the loudest cheers when the Phillies were”

Mayberry’s script a hit with Phillies

April 2 Camden Courier-Post:

Phillies outfielder John Mayberry’s to-do list is gradually shrinking since he reported to spring training six weeks ago. Have a good spring at the plate and in the field. Check. Head north with the big-league team at the end of camp. Check. Improve against right-handed pitching and make an impact on Opening Day. Check, check, with an exclamation point. A long shot to play hero in an order that boasts two former MVPs, Mayberry delivered the biggest hit in Friday’s thrilling 5-4 victory over the Astros. His bottom of the ninth, pinch-hit line drive over center fielder Michael Bourn’s head plated Ben Francisco to cap the Phillies‘ three-run rally off Brandon Lyon. “It’s one of those things”

Halladay uses refined curveball effectively in Phillies’ opener

April 2 Philly.com:

“THE HARD PART about being on top? The margin for improvement is far smaller than the margin for regression. Roy Halladay has faced this quandary throughout most of his career, but coming off a career year in which he went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA and won the National League Cy Young Award, it was difficult to envision an aspect of his game that he could manage to refine. Well, yesterday provided a bit of insight. In spring training, Halladay spent significant time working on his curveball, and in the Phillies‘ dramatic, 5-4 victory over the Astros, he used the pitch with a great deal of effectiveness.”

Francisco trying to make own mark, not fill Werth’s shoes

April 2 Philly.com columnist Paul Hagen:

“As everyone knows, Werth doesn’t live here anymore. He was lured into a Washington Nationals uniform by the guarantee of $126 million over the next 7 years and, honestly, who among us wouldn’t have done the same? But his departure left a void in rightfield, and whoever stepped into that spot was going to end up being compared not with the reality of what Werth had been, but with an idealized version. Jayson Werth would have caught that ball. Jayson Werth would have driven in that run. You get the idea. It’s not fair, but that’s just the way it is. That’s the situation Ben Francisco was thrust into this week when, after Charlie Manuel indulged his inner Hamlet for much of the spring, the”

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