The Phillies didn’t have to travel anywhere after the All-Star break. opening up a three game set against the New York Mets at Citi Field, which was the site of the All-Star game. The Phillies began the second half, at 48-48 six and a half games out of the NL East and five games out of the second wild card. Hoping to begin to put a dent into both of those deficits, the Phils handed Kyle Kendrick the ball.
Kendrick wasn’t exactly on tonight, but the Phillies offense got him a bit of a cushion to work with right away. Chase Utley got the fireworks started in the first with an RBI triple to score Jimmy Rollins. Before the first was over Dom Brown, Delmon Young, and John Mayberry all followed Utley’s lead with RBI’s of their own. The Phils exited the first, with a comfortable four to nothing lead.
As I mentioned though, Kendrick wasn’t locked in, and he needed all the support he could get. And in the third inning the Phillies delivered even more. Hoping to put his not-so-stellar All-Star game behind him, Dom Brown led off the inning with his 24th homerun of the year. Delmon Young added on his second RBI of the game later that inning scoring Darin Ruf, before John Mayberry drove him in. A Carlos Ruiz double, which is a very encouraging sign, plated John Mayberry to make it an eight to zero Phils lead. Michael Young put the icing on the cake of perhaps the Phils biggest inning of the season, with a three-run homerun to left-field, which gave the Phillies an eleven to nothing lead to end the third inning.
Kendrick went five and two-thirds innings, giving up nine hits and six earned runs. It was hot, really hot. Still the idea that Kendrick was handed a ten run lead, and couldn’t make this an easy night on bullpen by going seven or eight innings, is kind of disappointing.
All in all, the Phillies bats exploded tonight, for their most runs in one inning, when they put seven on the board in the third inning. They posted their second highest run total of the season, at 13, and to hit this well after what was a four day layoff for everyone not named Dom Brown, is a really encouraging sign.
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