Yuniesky Betancourt is making a case for himself.
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No one is really sure what it is or what it’s supposed to accomplish, but his trade value could be high enough at this point for him to stick somewhere, and for the Phillies to receive mediocre prospect talent in return.
Who knows! But that ball he hit forever today was the last of the Phillies’ five home runs, traveling very far thanks to the wind, and giving the Phillies three more highly unnecessary runs in a 13-4 romp of the Baltimore Orioles and starter Wei-Yin Chen.
Also home running on the day was Ryan Howard, who briefly tied Dom Brown for the team lead in dingers until several innings later, when Dom socked the crud out of one himself for three more precious RBI. Oh, and Chase Utley got bored and nailed two of his own.
And that was before the game was even over. Brown and Utley alone combined for eight RBI and four hits.
Michael Young went 2-for-3 and Steven Lerud raised eyebrows as far as the backup catcher role; he again reached base multiple times, once with a hit and twice with a pair of free passes.
Aaron Cook took the mound, effectively sinkering his way through the Orioles lineup. Cook, along with several other fringe pitchers, will be filling holes in the Phillies rotation (where?!?) as the season gradually rips them apart. Cook went four and two third, giving up four hits and two earned runs.
Phillippe Aumont continued to confuse with his tenacious wildness since returning from Team Canada in the WBC, and allowed a run on crazy outside pitch. But the relievers – Mike Adams and young guns Aumont, Antonio Bastardo, and J.C. Ramirez – held firm, allowing six hits and two earned runs collectively over the final four and a third innings left.