3 Homers Boost Phils to Win

Saturday, June 7, 2008 ·

Kyle Kendrick made one mistake in his solid outing as the Phillies won 6-2 over the rival Braves. This time, no come back was needed and neither was a game saving play at the plate. The Phillies continued their hot streak, winning 3 straight and 9 of their past ll.

Kendrick went 5.1 innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits. He managed to strike out 3 batters but his control was off, walking 5. He gave up a 2 run home run to MVP candidate Chipper Jones in the 6th. He was then taken out by Charlie Manuel.

Kendrick was relieved by Ryan Madson, JC Romero, Tom Gordon, and Brad Lidge. Gordon and Lidge each went an inning and struck out 3 batters a piece.

The bats were at work again as Carlos Ruiz got the scoring going with a solo homer in the 5th, his second of the year. Pat Burrell hit a solo home run in the 6th to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Jimmy Rollins added a 2 run bomb in the ninth to cushion the Phillies lead.

In the 8th, with the game locked up at 2, Chase Utley came through again with the go ahead run and Ryan Howard's base hit made it 4-2. Rollins' home run capped off the score in the ninth.

After a rough start in the season, the starting pitching seems like it has finally found its groove. The bull pen has remained stellar, with Gordon, Romero, and Lidge shining bright. At this pace, I wouldn't be surprised if at least 2 of those guys gets an All Star bid.

Speaking of All Stars, Chase Utley is a lock and Cole Hamels and Burrell also have good chances. With a first place Phillies team, we should be seeing multiple All Stars.

The Phillies are still 3.5 games ahead of Florida and improve to 5.5 on the Braves. Pitching tomorrow for the Phillies is Adam Eaton (2-3; 4.63), who has been excellent his last 3 games. He will face Jorge Campillo (2-0; 1.79).

Both Rollins' and Ruiz's home runs were their only hits of the night.


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