The Phillies pulled their record to .500 with a 9-2 win over the Cubs in Wrigley. They got the win behind Kyle Kendrick who last week played the goat in an embarrassing game three loss to the Mets as they swept the Phillies in South Philly. Kendrick turned things around when getting his first start in 2 weeks, going 6 innings giving up 1 earned run and allowing three hits. He even helped his own cause by delivering a single in the 5th inning.
Carlos Ruiz continued to swing a hot bat by breaking a 2-2 tie with a solo home run in the 8th inning that was followed by Hector Luna’s first career grand slam. Offensive outbursts as well as a win are both welcome sights for the Phils and their fans as both have been in short supply thus far this season. The Phillies have now won four in a row and despite still being in last place in the N.L. East finally have some momentum to ride as the days of May dwindle and the pivotal summer months of June and July approach. Despite the hope that the return of Howard and Utley represents Phillies fans can’t depend on them producing the kind of offensive firepower the fans in South Philly have been accustom to seeing over the past few seasons, so establishing some rhythm and confidence without the two injured sluggers could be key for this team making a late season push.
It was all peachy for the Phillies; Vance Worley missed his start on Wednesday night and was placed on the 15 day DL with elbow inflammation. Another one of Phillies starting rotation to the hit the DL, his injury doesn’t appear to be serious though.
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Written by Tom Bopp