After getting spanked by the Mets on Saturday in an 11-2 loss, the Phillies needed a win today. Kyle Kendrick, sometimes a starter, sometimes a reliever, came through for the team and pitched very well.
Over seven innings, Kendrick allowed only one run on six hits and three walks. He did not strike anyone out, but got ground balls when he needed to, keeping the Phillies in line for a win.
Kendrick was also one of four Phillies who had a multi-hit game today. Kendrick’s two singles matched two hits from Brian Schneider and Raul Ibanez with Jimmy Rollins adding three hits of his own.
But the big bang came off the bat of rookie Michael Martinez who hit his first major league home run against Mets pitcher Mike Pelfry with two men on base. He added a fourth RBI later with a sac fly, so it was a big day for Martinez.
The emergence of Martinez has been great timing for the Phillies. They will need to lean on him a lot in the coming weeks as Placido Polanco is still having back issues and no one is sure when he will return. The more Martinez plays, the more he hits, which may force Charlie Manuel to keep putting him out there.
The Phillies kept adding on until they had an 8-1 lead after the top of the eighth. But in the bottom of the eighth, things got a little hairy for the Phils.
Lefty Juan Perez loaded the bases with Mets on three straight walks without recording an out. Ryan Madson was called in to clean up the mess. Madson got two outs, although two runs did score as he gave up a few hits and a walk. The Phillies wound up bringing Antonio Bastardo in to get the final out and also to pitch the ninth.
Bastardo got out of a wild eighth inning, but wound up allowing a run in the ninth. It was the first run he allowed since May 25th. And although the lead was cut down to 8-5, Bastardo finished the game, earning the save.
The Phillies will travel to Chicago next to play three games against the Cubs. The first is Monday night at 8:05pm with Roy Halladay pitching.
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