Remember him? No-hitter guy? Ring a bell?
Yeah, it is easy to be overlooked on this pitching staff, with Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum doing their Cy Young pas de deux, but Young Jonathan showed again why he's The Southpaw To Be Taken Seriously. I know, I know, he did one of those loopy-lefty things in the 6th, flinging fastballs to the backstop in seeming disregard for ordinary strike zone protocols, and Ol' Boch had to send him to his corner. But this is the Phils we are talking about, the defending champs, with more offensive firepower than an armored cavalry troop. JSanchez (there you have it, mates, JSanchez and FSanchez are the editor-approved monikers) struck out 7, including 1 apiece for Rollins, Utley, Werth and Howard, the first four hitters! Eugenio Velez reminds me of an ancient Giant--Derrel Thomas--who was a Johnny-on-the-spot type for some really bad mid-70s teams. Willie McCovey was on the radio with Dave Flemming for the 50th anniversary of his debut, and he said that Pablo Sandoval was his "favorite player." Did we need any more reason to love this kid? And a Splash Hit to boot!