Phillies Notes: Newcomer Bernadina flashes leather for Phils

Roger Bernadina leaps to catch a ball hit by the Diamondbacks' Matt Davidson for the third out of the 3rd inning. Phillies win 9-5 over the Arizona Diamonbacks in Philadelphia on August 25, 2013. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )
Roger Bernadina leaps to catch a ball hit by the Diamondbacks' Matt Davidson for the third out of the 3rd inning. Phillies win 9-5 over the Arizona Diamonbacks in Philadelphia on August 25, 2013. ( DAVID MAIALETTI / Staff Photographer )
Posted: August 27, 2013

Centerfielder Roger Bernadina has made a good first impression since the Phillies signed him Wednesday after his release from the Washington Nationals.

He hit a solo home run Saturday during an 18-inning loss to Arizona. Bernadina came back Sunday to contribute two sensational catches and a two-run double as the Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-5.

In the third inning, he leaped over the wall to rob Matt Davidson of a two-run homer.

"For a second, I thought the ball was over my head and thought the ball kind of beat me and I kept going," Bernadina said. "I was close to the warning track, and I jumped and made a catch out of it and it was exciting."

In the seventh he extended his body to the fullest in making a diving catch on a ball hit by Tuffy Gosewisch.

"That was a tremendous catch, and it didn't look like he would get close to it," interim manager Ryne Sandberg said.

Bernadina, 29, made $1.21 million for the Nationals. He hit just .178 for Washington.

Brown feels better

Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown left Saturday's loss in the top of the third inning with a sore right Achilles tendon, but he said he was feeling better. Brown drew a walk as a pinch-hitter Sunday and was replaced by pinch-runner Casper Wells.

Brown said an X-ray showed inflammation of his Achilles tendon.

"It was really stiff [Saturday], taking a swing," Brown said. "I got on the meds last night, yesterday, and hopefully I will be back in the lineup [Monday] or the next day."

Ramirez returns

In addition to activating Roy Halladay from the 60-day disabled list, the Phillies selected the contract of righthander J.C. Ramirez from triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Righthanders Tyler Cloyd and Luis Garcia were optioned to the IronPigs.

Two other righthanders, Jonathan Pettibone (right shoulder strain) and Michael Stutes (right biceps tendinitis), were transferred from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

Extra bases

The Phillies are 34-16 in Halladay's 50 career starts at Citizens Bank Park. . . . Cliff Lee, who pitches on Monday against the New York Mets, has not won since he posted a 5-4 victory over visiting Atlanta on July 5. . . . Phillies lefthander Jake Diekman has made seven consecutive scoreless appearances.

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