Phillies lefthander Matt Maloney got hit around on Monday, allowing five runs on six hits and walking four over five innings in Double-A Readingâ€™s 8-6 win against Harrisburg. But Maloney still picked up the win, and continued to do a little hitting of his own.
The 22-year-old lefthander went 1-for-3 with a double at the plate, and is now hitting .300 and slugging .800 with a pair of doubles and a homer in 10 at-bats.
â€œHeâ€™s been hitting, which has been fun to watch,â€ Reading manager P.J. Forbes said. â€œIt just adds another dimension to what he can to, how he can help this ballclub win. Heâ€™s a bulldog on the mound and he doesnâ€™t lose that mentality when he steps in the box.
â€œThe one thing with him where he needs to tone down that mentality is you can see the irritation when something (bad) happens. I donâ€™t think heâ€™ll grow out of the bulldog, but heâ€™ll grow out of letting people know whatâ€™s going on in his head.
â€œI love his changeup . . . the arm actionâ€™s the same as his fastball. When heâ€™s spotting the fastball and heâ€™s got such good deception in his delivery, it makes the changeup that much more effective. Itâ€™s all about location with him. Heâ€™s not going to blow you away, but if he can locate his fastball, the changeup will keep him off enough that heâ€™s going to be successful.â€
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