On several fronts, it was an all-around good night for the Phillies (55-69), who haven’t had too many of those since the All-Star break.
Let’s break it down:
• After ripping off four hits in Sunday’s win, Carlos Ruiz went 2 for 4 with a solo homer and a double. Since his 2-for-20 start to the season, Ruiz is hitting .288 in his last 57 games
• Ethan Martin pitched six-plus innings for the first time in his big-league career and also recorded his first quality start. He threw first-pitch strikes to 17 of his 25 batters faced and struck out six in two-run ball through 90 pitches
• Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman got big outs. Diekman finished the eighth inning by punching out two batters with one out and two men on in a one-run game. To notch his second strikeout, the lefty fired a fastball that clocked at 99 mph on the Citizens Bank Park radar gun
• John Mayberry Jr. clubbed a three-run homer in the fourth to turn a 1-0 lead into a four-run advantage
• Domonic Brown singled in the fourth. The All-Star has reached base safely in 13 straight games since his return from the DL on Aug. 6 (.392 OBP)
• Casper Wells, starting in right field, made a slick sliding catch in the sixth inning to rob a hit. The Phillies played errorless baseball
• Jonathan Papelbon earned his first save since July 11
Phils eying Bernadina?
According to CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury, the Phils are interested in outfielder Roger Bernadina, who the Nationals released on Monday. The 29-year-old lefty plays all three outfield positions, but is a career .243 hitter and was batting just .178 this season.
Cloyd up, Valdes down
Tyler Cloyd (2-2, 3.41) will start Tuesday night in place of the injured John Lannan. To make room for Cloyd's roster spot, the Phillies optioned Raul Valdes to Triple A Lehigh Valley after Monday’s win.
Cloyd will oppose Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa (12-6, 3.22) on Tuesday.