A rare event this year for the Phillies has been having all aspects of their game working together at the same time. In an 8-0 win over the Brewers, the pitching, offense and defense all performed very well.
On the mound, Kyle Kendrick took one more positive step towards earning a spot in next year’s rotation. He went 8 innings, allowing only 3 hits, 1 walk and no runs. It was his second shut-out start in row. As I have said before, we all knew Kendrick could pitch. It was just a matter of seeing some consistency from him; and now, Kendrick appears to finally be on a roll.
The offense did not disappoint either, although it came from a few odd sources. Michael Martinez, who is hitting only .153, came up with a huge 2-run homer in the 2nd inning to get the Phillies an early lead. Both Domonic Brown and Kevin Fransden each had 3-hit nights, with Brown collecting 4 RBI. It was a monster night for Brown who is trying to prove he belongs in the Bigs.
Fransden is opening many eyes with both his offense and his play at 3rd base. Fransden is really a middle-infielder, but he has adapted very well to the hot corner and has the arm to handle it. If he continues to improve, the Phillies may have themselves either a very cheap 3rd base option for 2013 or a solid utility guy.
And finally, in the win last night, the Phillies actually got through a whole game without committing an error! Hooray! Michael Schwimer pitching in the 9th was as close to an error as they got. Schwimer loaded the bases before finally recording all 3 outs and keeping the shut-out intact.
The Phillies return home to begin a series with the Reds tonight at 7:05pm. Roy Halladay will pitch and try to notch 3 wins in a row for the Phils!
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