After the Nationals ruffed up Cliff Lee last night, the Phillies sent Kyle Kendrick to the mound, looking to take three of four from the Nats. The Nationals countered with All-Star righty Jordan Zimmerman. And while Zimmerman demonstrated what made him an All-Star tonight, the Phillies got the good Kyle Kendrick to power them to a win.
Through the first four and a half, a pitchers duel shaped up between the two. But, in the bottom of the fifth Ben Revere stayed hot and drove Carlos Ruiz in to give the Phillies a one to nothing lead.
Kyle Kendrick was cruising through six, until Delmon Young had to get involved. Bryce Harper lead off the sixth with a rocket to right-field that should have been a double. Instead, Delmon Young decided to slide on his knees as the ball hit the wall and ricocheted away from him. Harper strolled into third with an easy triple, and a Ryan Zimmerman sac fly tied the game. And Delmon Young wasn’t even done.
Young came up the following inning with two-outs and Dom Brown on third-base with a chance to make up for his mistake and instead grounded out to end the inning. I don’t know whether the Phillies should buy or sell at the deadline, but I think selling Young could prove to be the Phillies best move at the deadline.
The Phillies would make up for the missed opportunity an inning later, when Kevin Fransden hit a pinch-hit go ahead single to score John McDonald. The Phillies got an insurance run in the eighth when Chase Utley made up for his three errors with a tremendous slide to score on a John McDonald ground ball.
Jonathan Papelbon was electric again in the ninth and had a one-two-three ninth inning to clinch the third straight series win and make them buyers. At least until they lose their next game.