The Phillies' roster Mardi Gras continued with the addition of Louisianan infielder Mike Fontenot, who was promoted to the club following the Phillies' 7-3 win over the Padres. (US Presswire Photo)
Following Charlie Manuel's Wednesday pep talk, the Phils responded with one of their crispest efforts of the season: a workman-like outing from Vance Worley, three innings of shutout relief from Antonio Bastardo and Chad Qualls, John Mayberry's first home run of the season and three RBIs, doubling up his season total, and a 3-for-3 night by white-hot Carlos Ruiz, who launched his sixth bomb to match his season total from a year ago. The diminutive catcher dwarfs his Major League peers. Among qualified catchers, his .987 OPS is best in baseball. It's almost a full .100 points higher than blue-chipper Matt Wieters of Baltimore (.890), and he's leaving perennial All-Star Yadier Molina (.866) in the dust, along with Buster Posey (.817). He's sixth in the National League in hitting (.340). Ruiz has never appeared in the mid-summer classic.
Meanwhile, the Phils added their fourth new face in less than 24 hours, calling up veteran infielder Mike Fontenot while sending slugging catcher Erik Kratz back to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Fontenot, 31, has a good chance to work his way into Manuel's starting lineup. He's a career .263/.332/.402 hitter in six seasons. A lefty batter, he was hitting .319 (15 for 47) in 14 games with Lehigh Valley. Most of his action has been at second base, but he's a reliable option for short and third.
... that's no small point since Jimmy Rollins' .229/.277/.267 has become a tired act.
Game chat: Volquez and Halladay tonight at 7:05. Enjoy the weather everyone.