Kendrick Helps Phils Shut Out The Marlins
Going a full 6 innings without giving up a run, Kyle Kendrick improved his overall record to 10-5 with tonight’s 5-0 win over the Florida Marlins. As is Kendrick’s usual style, he had quite a few base runners, including 5 walks, but pitched his way out of jams when he needed to. Chad Durbin went 2 scoreless innings as well, looking extremely sharp and Ryan Madson finished them off in the 9th. J-Roll Smurf was also very excited about the pitching performances and he celebrated by bashing a Fish senseless J Later tonight, he will have a stiff drink and prepare for tomorrow’s Fishy Voodoo…
The other great news is that the offense came back tonight. Last night, they had 8 hits and scored only 2 runs. Tonight, they had 9 hits, but scored 5 runs. The difference is situational hitting and driving runs in when there are runners in scoring position. Chase Utley hit his 30th double of the year for an RBI; Ryan Howard smashed home run #32; Even Eric Bruntlett who usually has a quiet bat, went 2 for 3 with an RBI. The rookie Mike Cervenak got his very first major league hit and first RBI in his 3rd pinch hit appearance. Here is a photo of him for those wondering who he is…another Independent League product, much like Chris Coste was. I had a chance to talk to him in Spring Training…very nice guy, hard working…really great to see him finally get a break in the Bigs J
Gotta take this series! Everyone get out your favorite Fish bashing sticks or fire up the grill and get ready to FRY some! Don’t let the Smurf do all the work now… After all, he is only 3 apples high… He’ll do his best for a little guy J 1:05pm start tomorrow…Go Phillies!