PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Manuel didn't plan to use his newest reliever in a tight spot. But the way everything lined up, it just happened.
Phillippe Aumont made his long-awaited Major League debut in Thursday night's 4-3, 11-inning win against the Reds. The 6-foot-7 right-hander threw 18 pitches, 10 for strikes, in a scoreless eighth inning. He did not give up a hit but issued a two-out walk of Miguel Cairo.
The 11th overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, and the seventh-best prospect in the organization as ranked by MLB.com's Prospect Watch, Aumont was a key piece in the December 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to the Mariners. He was 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 41 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year.
Aumont was promoted to the big leagues after Monday night's win, when left-hander Jeremy Horst went on the Paternity Leave list. When Horst returned on Thursday, Aumont stayed, as the Phillies decided to option right-hander Michael Schwimer.
Aumont warmed up in the bullpen on Tuesday night but didn't get into the game. He finally got his chance on Thursday.
"Just gonna enjoy it, go out there and do the same thing I was doing in Lehigh," Aumont said. "Don't have to change anything. The fastball, the curveball and everything. Just throw the heat."
Horst returned from Green Bay, Wisc., on Thursday after spending a couple days with his wife and newborn son, Cash William. After Sunday's game at Milwaukee, Horst drove two hours to Green Bay, where he resides in the offseason, and his wife gave birth that evening. The Horsts also have a 4-year-old daughter.
"August was definitely a month to remember," Horst said. "It's been fun."