Late Power Surge Wins It for Phillies
- Updated: April 22, 2013
The Phillies limped into this weekend’s four game series with the Cardinals having scored just four runs in a three game sweep at the hands of the Reds.
This series they were hot and cold. They scored three runs on Thursday night, then eight on Friday, but zero on Saturday night. They had thirteen hits on Thursday, but just three last night.
Sunday night Kyle Kendrick hit the skids early. He threw over 30 pitches in the first inning, and allowed a home run to Cardinals’ second baseman Matt Carpenter. Once again the Phillies found themselves playing from behind.
To their credit, they responded in the bottom of the first inning. Jimmy Rollins, back in the leadoff spot this series due to the struggles of Ben Revere, led off the inning with a triple. That was followed by a walk to John Mayberry, Jr.
Chase Utley would hit next, and he roped a sharp single to center that would score Rollins from third, and advance Mayberry to third. Ryan Howard dug in next, and just missed a home run, lifting a ball to deep left centerfield for a sacrifice fly.
The Phillies led 2-1 after the first inning.
The Cardinals would tie things up in the sixth inning against Kendrick, when Allen Craig scored from third on a David Freese ground out.
While throwing a lot of pitches early, Kendrick settled in to allow two earned runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He struck out six hitters, while walking one.
The Cardinals took the lead in the seventh inning, putting runners in scoring position against lefty Antonio Bastardo. With Craig coming up to hit, Charlie Manuel called on Chad Durbin to replace Bastardo.
Keep in mind that all seven base runners that Durbin had inherited to that were all allowed to score. That trend continued as Craig singled to left field to score John Jay, and put the Cards ahead 3-2.
Durbin would record the final two outs in the inning without further damage.
The Phillies would score again in the bottom of the seventh when Erik Kratz led off with a single against Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook. Laynce Nix, hitting .444 this season as a pinch hitter, came up to hit for Kendrick.
Nix roped a double to left centerfield the brought Kratz all the way around from first base to score, and knot things up at three. Nix was in scoring position with nobody out, but would be stranded.
The Phils’ bats would finally ignite in the bottom of the eighth inning.
After Michael Young and Domonic Brown both walked to start the inning, the struggling Revere stepped in to face St. Louis reliever Mitchell Boggs.
Revere laced a single to centerfield to score Young from second and put the Phillies in front 4-3.
Kratz would hit next, and he slammed the first pitch he saw, a fast ball up in the zone, deep into the seats in left field for a three run home run. That made it a 7-3 Phillies lead, one they would not relinquish.
Jonathan Papelbon recorded the final three outs to nail down the win and a badly needed series split for the Phils.
Every Phils’ starter had at least one hit on the night, and with the exception of Utley and Howard, every other starter scored at least one run.
After throwing a lot of pitches early on, Kendrick turned in yet another quality start that kept his team in the game. That paid dividends late in the game when the Phils were able to take the lead.
The Phils will look to build on this as they face the surging Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow at the Bank. The Pirates very quietly just won their series against the Braves.
With John Lannan on the mend, prospect Jonathan Pettibone will make his major league debut on the mound for the Phillies. He will face off against Pirates’ ace A.J. Burnett.
Stats courtesy of Phillies.com
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