Kyle Kendrick allowed just two runs over 6 2/3 innings and the Phillies rolled to an 8-4 victory that finished off a three-game sweep of the dreadful Washington Nationals. Led by homers from Jasyon Werth and Jimmy Rollins the Phils also took over first place in the NL East with the win as the Marlins also beat the Mets.
The win makes it 5 in a row for the hot-hitting Phils. Lets see if they can keep it up as they stroll into Albert Pujols territory for a weekend series.
Tonight: 8:15 PM from Busch Stadium in St. Louis. LHP Cole Hamels (9-6, 3.27) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (12-3, 3.68).
Ryan Howard homered twice and drove in three runs and continued to lead the Philadelphia Phillies offensive attack as the Phils cruised to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.
In other Phils news: The Phillies sent J.A. Happ to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Happ might not return after the break if the Phillies believe Brett Myers is set to return to the rotation. Myers, their opening-day starter, pitches for Double-A Reading on Saturday and likely will make at least more minor league start after that.
Howard tied (79) and then BROKE the all time mark for most RBI before the All-Star break by a Phillie last night when he blasted a towering shot (25th) to deep right field to put the Phillies back on top for good and collect his league leading 80th run batted in.
Howard drove an 0-2 pitch from Kyle McClellan into the right-field seats in the bottom of the 8th, rallying the Phillies after they blew a 2-0 lead. Pedro Feliz added a solo shot to left off Chris Perez that put an emphatic end to Philadelphia’s four-game losing streak.
I thought the Phils game was over for sure. Switched to Lockup: Raw on the Discovery Channel (crazy stuff by the way) once we were down 10 – 1 in the 6th. Anywayyy, the Phillies made a miraculous comeback last night only to fall a hair short to the New York Mets.
Adam Eaton was back to his lowly ways allowing 6 earned runs on 8 hits in a whooping 2.2 innings pitched. A Fantasy STUD if you will. Mmm, can you smell the sarcasm?
And to think we still had a chance to win thanks to the homeruns by Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard and Geoff Jenkins.
God I love this team.
Cole Hamels takes the hill tonight at CBP versus the St Louis Cardinals and Joel Pineiro