Tuesday, June 9, 2009
FORMER TIDE CATCHER PAUL PHILLIPS HAS CAREER DAY
By Dan Harralson
Former Alabama catcher Paul Phillips had his career day yesterday for the Colorado Rockies. Phillips went 4-5, one home run, and three RBI's. Phillips' eighth-inning solo home-run extended the Colorado winning streak to a season high four games in a 7-2 win in St. Louis. Colorado catcher Chris Iannetta pulled a hamstring causing him not to play. The backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba was unable to replace Iannetta due to him being away from the club after his son and two family members were kidnapped and released in Venezuela. Paul was drafted in 1998 (9th Round) by the Kansas City Royals. He made his first MLB appearance in 2004 with the Royals, playing in 58 games over four seasons. Last season Phillips played in four games with the Chicago White Sox. In all, the former Tide catcher who played in the College World Series, has a total of four career home-runs, twenty RBI's, and a career .268 batting average.