READING - Jesse Biddle's first home start in such close proximity to his home was an interesting one.
Despite a wild conclusion, it was an impressive start for the Philadelphia native whose Mount Airy home is about 60 miles from FirstEnergy Stadium.
Biddle, the Phillies' 2010 first-round pick out of Germantown Friends School, pitched six sensational innings for the double-A Reading Fightin Phils Tuesday night. He allowed just one run on four hits while using his arsenal - fastball, curveball, and change-up - to strike out eight batters.
The 21-year-old lefthander walked just two batters through the first six innings and had thrown only 83 pitches, so Reading manager Dusty Wathan sent Biddle back out for the top of the seventh against Washington's double-A Harrisburg affiliate.