It’s always “darkest before the dawn”. It could not have been any darker than it was on Sunday for the Phillies pitching. They gave up 15 runs, all earned, in a humbling 15-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the battle for first place in the N.L. East. The best Phillies pitcher was a position player Sean Rodriguez. He pitched a clean eight inning in the game.
At the same time on Sunday, Damon Jones was making his AA debut for the Reading Fightin Phils against the Harrisburg Senators in the Eastern League. He was the bright spot in the Phillies organization by all but shutting down the Senators for six-innings in Reading’s fight for first place in the first half of the Eastern Division.
Jones allowed only a run, a hit, a walk and struck out 12 over his six innings of work. He faced only two batters over the minimum leaving the game tied at 1-1. Reading would go on and win 2-1. Read HERE.
Jones just arrived from the Clearwater Threshers in the Florida State League where he was leading the Florida State League in strikeouts and ERA. Including Sunday’s start, all he has done in his three starts in June over 18.2 innings is allow only three runs while striking out 31 and walking only three.
The Phillies will need a fifth starting pitcher in the major league rotation for Friday night’s game against the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. The one pitcher who seems ready to fill the fifth starter spot in the Phillies rotation is 24-year-old lefty, Damon Jones, who has been the best pitcher this season in the entire Phillies organization.