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Casey Smith Pulls Phils Past Pirates

The Phillies were down for most of today’s game against the Pirates, but a dark horse infielder made the Buccos pay with a 9th inning homer. The Phils won 5-4.

Casey Smith went 2-3 with the homer. At 28, he’s more likely depth for AAA Allentown, but hey, you never know. Among regulars, Shane Victorino hit a triple that was almost an inside-the-park home run. Something tells me he’ll fill Rowand’s void in center field just fine.

Pitching-wise, it was a mixed bag, for sure. JD Durbin did himself no favors, allowing two runs and five hits in two innings. Shane Youman, a left-hander battling for a bullpen spot, did horribly, walking four in one inning. But Gary Knotts grabbed the win with two scoreless innings, and JA Happ showed promise with a scoreless two frames. And Joe Bisenius also performed well, putting up the same line as Happ.

What we got out of this game:

  1. JA Happ and Joe Bisenius are the youngsters in the lead.
  2. Casey Smith is a nice addition for the deepest part of the infield depth chart.
  3. JD Durbin can’t stumble much more than he already has.
  4. Shane Youman shows the need for better bullpen help was essential.

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