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Jesse Biddle's Awesomely Good Night

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Jesse Biddle had a game for the ages in Harrisburg last night.

Not Biddle, 'Bone, but not bad.
Not Biddle, 'Bone, but not bad.
Rich Schultz

Normally, if a Minor Leaguer has a good game, I'll include it in my weekly recap, that recap is due to go up later today, but Jesse Biddle's night was far too good to sit there buried amongst more mortal performances. Here's what Mr. Biddle did last night in Harrisburg:

1st Inning:

Strikeout looking

Strikeout swinging

Strikeout looking

2nd Inning:

Ground out

Fly out

Strikeout swinging

3rd Inning:

Strikeout looking

Fly out

Strikeout looking

4th Inning:

Strikeout swinging

Strikeout swinging

Strikeout swinging

5th Inning:

Ground out

Ground out

Strikeout swinging

6th Inning:

Strikeout swinging

Strikeout swinging

Strikeout swinging

7th Inning:

Strikeout swinging

Walk (First Harrisburg baserunner of the night)

Single

Strikeout swinging

Walk

Strikeout Looking

As if 16 K's wasn't enough, Biddle also hit doubles in the 3rd and 5th, scoring one of Reading's 3 runs.

Biddle did most of his damage with a pinpoint accurate Fastball and a 12-6 curve that made more than a few hitters look bad. And those hitters aren't bad, as he made a few of the Nationals top prospects in Destin Hood and Brian Goodwin look bad.

Video of the destruction below (Courtesy of the fine work of Josh Norris over at the Trentonian, who wrote a great blog about the game that can be found here.)

So, what might have happened if Jesse Biddle had gotten the call to start in Philly last night, instead of Pettibone? It's a bit of an inexact science and it's hard to make any certain calls after 4 starts at Double-A, but other than his stinker against Portland 2 weeks ago, Biddle has beeen very good so far. It's unlikely Biddle could be a top of the rotation guy in the Majors today, but he could probably be a successful back of the rotation guy. If he can maintain the command and control he seems to have had last night, he could be the Phillies #2 starter of the near future (2014 is likely the earliest).