San Diego sweep
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San Diego sweep
A couple of things for your consideration after the Phils swept San Diego and won their sixth straight:
--J.A. Happ was excellent, pitching aggressively, mixing in more breaking balls than he had in the past, and lasting deep into the game. This guy does not have the nastiest raw stuff you ever saw, but he certainly makes the most of what he does have. “Our starting pitching is getting more consistent,” said Charlie Manuel. “Happ tonight, when he can give you what he did, that’s very good. I’m very happy with him.” The Phillies received excellent outings from Joe Blanton, Antonio Bastardo and Happ during this series.
--Greg Dobbs’ second inning catch with the bases loaded was a true turning point, and Happ knew it. After Dobbs snagged Chris Young’s shot to right field, the pitcher waited in front of the dugout to thank Dobbs, who was making his first outfield start of the year.
After the game, Happ hugged Dobbs, smiled broadly and said , "Great catch." It was just about the most excited I've ever seen J.A. Happ.
“Dobber really turned the game around there,” he said. “Gave me some confidence and made me focus in a little more.”
--You may be seeing more of ol' Dobber in right field in the near future. Shane Victorino left in the sixth with a left hip strain. The team said he would be re-evaluated tomorrow (Thursday). Manuel said that Victorino’s back had been bothering him, but he hadn’t heard about the hip until tonight. The man himself was in no mood to provide answers, grumbling “I’m fine” as he breezed past me and that other guy who covers the team. If Victorino misses any time, Werth will play center with Dobbs and Matt Stairs in right (though not at the same time).
--J.C. Romero pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed two hits and one unearned run in his 2009 debut.
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