The Phillies won their first series of the season by beating the Mets on Wednesday night by a 7-3 score. It was certainly hitting weather; all 10 runs scored in the game came from home runs. The real difference in the game was that the Phillies hit with men on base and the Mets did not.
The other big bangs of the night came from the thunder and lightning in the sky, which delayed the game for just under half an hour. But pitcher Kyle Kendrick weathered the storm and rebounded from a bad first start of the season at the Home Opener. He struggled at times, but worked out of the jams with determination.
This was a very big win for the Phils who were off to a very scary start in the first 9 games of the year, of which they have now won 4. Not great, but things are looking up.
On the other hand, attendance is trending downward. There were an awful lot of empty seats at Citizens Bank Park this home stand, with attendance dipping as low as 35,393 on Monday night. I suppose fewer and fewer folks are feeling optimistic about the team these days.
But don’t feel bad; the Phillies are not alone. The Red Sox record-breaking streak of 820 games (794 in the regular season) finally ended last night. Ah yes, the fans of Boston are but mere mortals once again.
So cheer up people! It is a new season and everyone has still got a chance…
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