The Phillies took advantage by grabbing a one-run lead in the sixth and letting their bullpen do the rest for a 3-2 win over the Pirates.
Pettibone, 22, showed some good things right from the start. After giving up a leadoff double on his second pitch of the game, Pettibone impressively saw his way out of it. A fly ball moved Pittsburgh's Starling Marte to third with one out. Pirates All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen then worked a 3-0 count, but Pettibone came back to strike him out looking. John Mayberry helped Pettibone finish of his first major-league inning by making a diving grab running towards the right-field line.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Pettibone gave up a pair of solo home runs, but overall, he seemed to have kept his nerves in check and was confident in his stuff. He gave the Phillies 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball, punched out six, walked none and did it in 83 pitches. He even scored the Phillies' first run after walking and eventually crossing the plate on a wild pitch by A.J. Burnett.
The Phillies did enough offensively, but again, left many on base (8) and went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Two of their three runs came with an assist from Burnett. One being the wild pitch, while the other was plunking Jimmy Rollins in the leg on a 2-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Despite his nice catch in the first, Mayberry did not have himself a good night at the plate. The 29-year-old is seeing more starts against right-handers because of his early success against them. He came into Monday hitting .323 (10 for 31) off righties. On Monday, though, he went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Even worse, with runners in scoring position, Mayberry went 0 for 3 and left seven of the Phillies' eight stranded runners on base.
The offensive shortcomings, however, gave the Phillies' relievers some important innings. Antonio Bastardo pitched a scoreless seventh and has now thrown 7 1/3 innings without surrendering a run. Mike Adams saw his first opportunity for a hold and made it look easy. He pitched a 1-2-3 frame in 12 pitches, recording a strikeout, a weak grounder to himself and a foul out to first base. Jonathan Papelbon came on to shut the door for his fourth save in as many opportunities.
Raul Valdes earned the win after relieving Pettibone in the sixth. Rollins went 2 for 3 and collected the Phillies' go-ahead, RBI hit in the sixth with two outs. Rollins is now 5 for 8 in his last two games. Domonic Brown, after hearing some harsh criticism from fans on Sunday for letting a ball drop in front of him, made some solid plays in the field and fired a strike right on the second-base bag to throw out Russell Martin, who was trying to stretch a single into a double in the third inning.
The Phillies improved to 9-11 with their second straight win and turn to Cole Hamels to try and make it three in a row. Hamels, who is winless through his first four starts for the first time since 2009, opposes Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke (1-1, 5.17).
Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' up-and-coming, 21-year-old prospect, dominated on Monday night at Double A Reading. The Phillies' No. 1 prospect dazzled the Harrisburg Senators, hurling a perfect game through six innings before giving up a walk and a hit in the seventh. His final line: 7 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 R, 16 K, (104 pitches, 74 strikes).