In the most complete performance of his first three starts for the Phillies, he gave up one hit and struck out 10 batters in seven innings.
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler has batted the pitcher eighth six times this season, but Jake Arrieta, a good hitting pitcher, has batted ninth in both of his National League starts.
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Vince Velasquez showed some promise but the Phillies could not do much against the Braves.
Santana has an average exit velocity that ranks in the top 25 percent of all hitters and the average distance of his contact is the sixth longest in baseball.
The triple-A pitcher was sent to the bullpen to start the season and so far has done very well in that role.
The speedy prospect believes it is just a matter of time and opportunity before he is back in the big leagues.
After striking out three times against Atlanta, the leftfielder got his redemption with a clutch hit in extra innings.
Plus quick updates on Tommy Hunter, Jerad Eickhoff and Pat Neshek.
Odubel Herrera's homer was not enough to make up for his pair of blunders.
The Phillies often swapped their right and left fielders this spring in the middle of an inning to have their better defender positioned where they expected a hitter to hit. But the Phillies have yet to try it in a regular-season game.