Kyle Kendrick knows that with the return of J.A. Happ in the nearing weeks, his time in the rotation could be up. His excellent outing through seven innings along with some homers led the Phillies to a 4-0 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.
Kendrick allowed six hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings while striking three. Whenever he allowed base runners, he got himself out of the inning with ease. Danys Baez and Jose Contreras pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings respectively to preserve the shut out.
The Phillies got on the board in the fourth after Placido Polanco’s two-run homer. Shane Victorino had a two-hit game including a solo homer in the sixth. Greg Dobbs drove in the fourth run with his pinch-hit double in the seventh.
Brad Penny has been great all year for St. Louis and pitched well enough for the win. He lasted six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out six. It was St. Louis’ 14th straight quality start by their rotation.
With Roy Halladay pitching tomorrow, the Phillies could very win this four-game series. Kyle Lohse will be on the mound for St. Louis. He hasn’t had a strong year at all, compiling an 0-1 record and 5.28 ERA. Lohse is a former Phillie (11 starts, 13 appearances in 2007) so he could have an “advantage.”
I’ll be at the game tomorrow and will be looking to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Doubles: Dobbs (3). HR: Polanco (4), Victorino (6).
WP: Kendrick (1-1). LP: Penny (3-2).