Do you want your fish grilled, filleted, or shut out?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 ·

Tonight, the Phillies evened the three game series with the Marlins with a 5-0 shut out. Kyle Kendrick pitched 6 scoreless, followed by Durbin for 2 and Madson for the ninth. Kendrick was not exactly stellar, with 5 walks, but he got a lot of ground balls, soft flies, and great defense to make it look easy even when he was in a jam.

The Phillies improved to 29-14 in Kendrick's starts and it all began with Utley's RBI double in the first inning. Eric Bruntlett and Kyle Kendrick each knocked in a run in the third to push the lead to 3-0 until Ryan Howard tied the major league lead with his 32nd home run and just missed his 33rd. Lastly, Mike Cervanek finished off the scoring with his first career hit and RBI in the 6th.

The Phillies won a must-win game. As the tail end of the season nears closer and closer, the "must-win" games become bigger and bigger. Today was a must-win because it pushed their division lead back to 2.5 over the Fish and hopefully 3 over the Mutts (they're currently losing).

Theoretically, the story-line plays out best for the Phillies tomorrow as their ace, Cole Hamels, will be on the mound. He rarely has poor back-to-back starts and it is highly doubtful that it'd be three in the row. A win would help push the Phillies "series-winning" streak to four in a row.

Bad/Good news, depending on which side of the fence you're sitting on, Tom Gordon was pulled from his rehab appearance today after feeling elbow discomfort in his throwing arm. He'll make a trip back to Philadelphia to get things checked out.


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