Biddle en­joys suc­cess­ful home­com­ing

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - SPORTS - By Bob Grotz bgrotz@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @BobGrotz on Twit­ter

PHILADEL­PHIA » What goes around, comes around.

And so, it was Sun­day for Jesse Biddle, the 26-yearold for­mer first round draft pick of the Phillies.

The Ger­man­town Academy prod­uct hurled two hit­less, shutout in­nings with five pun­chouts to com­plete the Braves’ 10-1 win over the Fight­ins in front of 31,010 at Cit­i­zens Bank Park. The crowd in­cluded his par­ents and sev­eral friends.

“It felt like I had a lot of peo­ple out there,” Biddle said. “It was a cool ex­pe­ri­ence. I don’t want to hype any one spe­cific game over any­thing else. But it was cool pitch­ing against guys who I played with grow­ing up and who I came through the mi­nor leagues with. I’m just happy that our team could play so well, and I could help us get a win.”

Biddle was the 27th pick in the 2010 draft. He wound up with arm trouble lead­ing to Tommy John surgery. The Phillies shipped him to the Pi­rates, who ditched him. The Braves res­ur­rected Biddle from the scrap heap. And there he was Sun­day, get­ting the last six outs against one of the teams that gave up on him.

Did we men­tion Biddle’s op­po­site field RBI-dou­ble off Luis Gar­cia? It was Biddle’s first plate ap­pear­ance, first hit and first MLB RBI.

“My dad has been telling me that I’m a Big League hit­ter for a long time now,” Biddle said with a smile, “ever since I was in Lit­tle League. So, I’m sure he feels like he’s been proven right. I closed my eyes. Luis Gar­cia is a good friend of mine. He has a dis­gust­ing sinker. I got very lucky.”

Biddle hurled a clean 14-pitch in­ning to help the Braves take a 9-1 lead into the ninth. He re­ceived a hearty wel­come from Phillies PA an­nouncer Dan Baker.

“I was happy that I was able to put up a cou­ple ze­roes when we needed it,” Biddle said. “Ob­vi­ously, we were ahead by a lot and it’s al­ways good to get it done quick. I’m just happy that I’m able to help the team, re­ally. I’ve been work­ing for a long time for this. I’m just try­ing to ex­e­cute pitches. Good things are hap­pen­ing right now. I’ve just got to keep go­ing.”

Biddle is­sued a walk to An­drew Knapp to start the ninth but ended the game with a strike­out of Jes­muel Valentin. Fit­tingly, it was Valentin’s big league de­but.

*** Phillies short­stop J.P. Craw­ford was sent to the 10-day dis­abled list with a strained right fore­arm.

Manger Gabe Kapler called it a Grade 1 prona­tor flexor strain.

“It should be a cou­ple of weeks,” Kapler said. “We don’t have an ex­act timetable for you.”

Scott Kingery is for now.

Be­fore long, Valentin could get a chance at short.

*** Phillies out­fielder Odubel Her­rera walked in the first in­ning to reach base for the 29th straight game.

That’s the long­est streak in the bigs.

It’s also the long­est such streak since team­mate Ce­sar Her­nan­dez reached base safely in 29 con­sec­u­tive games late last sea­son.

Her­rera went 0-for-2 the re­place­ment ac­tive with cou­ple of walks.

*** Jake Ar­ri­eta and the Phillies op­pose Dan Strally and the Mi­ami Mar­lins Mon­day night to be­gin a three-game se­ries at CBP.

Ar­ri­eta is 3-0 with a ERA.

On Tues­day it’s Zach Eflin against Jar­lin Gar­cia (10, 1.00), fol­lowed by Aaron Nola (3-1, 2.58) vs. Jose Urena (0-4, 4.91) Wed­nes­day.

All the games p.m. starts. a are 1.82 7:10

*** NOTES » Aaron Altherr went 3-for-4 with a dou­ble and scored the Phillies’ only run. He’s 10-for-26 (.385) with five ex­tra base hits in his last eight games. “I’m re­ally, re­ally ex­cited about his at­bats,” Kapler said. “They’re go­ing very, very well.” … The same can­not be said for Altherr’s team­mates. The Phillies struck out 13 times Sun­day. Ce­sar Her­nan­dez, Rhys Hoskins and Knapp each fanned twice … Phillies first base­man Car­los San­tana, the de­fend­ing Wil­son de­fen­sive player of the year, com­mit­ted a muff Sun­day to end his er­ror­less streak at 88 games.

MICHAEL PEREZ — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Phillies’ first-round pick and Ger­man­town Friends’ grad Jesse Biddle rips an RBI dou­ble in the ninth in­ning for the first hit of his ma­jor league ca­reer. Biddle pitched two score­less in­nings in re­lief as the At­lanta Brave beat the Phils, 10-1.

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