PHILADELPHIA — Nick Pivetta showed something Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, but did he show enough?
He allowed home runs to two of the first four batters he faced in a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals. But Pivetta then retired his next 10 batters and allowed only one hit
He allowed home runs to two of the first four batters he faced in a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals. But Pivetta then retired his next 10 batters and allowed only one hit to his final 17. He did these things in his highly-scrutinized return to the Phillies’ rotation. Scrutinized because the Phillies optioned Pivetta to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on April 17 after he posted an 8.35 ERA in his first four starts. Scrutinized because Phillies fans seemed to want left-hander Cole Irvin to get another look in the rotation.
But Irvin got optioned last week after a rough start in Milwaukee, giving Pivetta an opportunity to redeem himself. He allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in five innings against the Cardinals, striking out six.
He earned another shot on Sunday against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
Bryce Harper hit a two-out double to right field in the third inning against Adam Wainwright to score two runs, cutting St. Louis’ lead to 3-2. Cesar Hernandez then crushed a two-run homer off the facade on the second deck in right field in the fourth to hand the Phillies a one-run lead.