Phils Saved the Henny

Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco tracks down a ball hit in foul territory to end the Yankees' scoring threat in the sixth. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

So a campaign was started today if you were following me to “Save the Henny,” as I had a pint of Hennessy cognac on line for this game with one of my friends who’s a Yankees fan. Well the Henny was saved as the Phillies stomped the Yankees, 7-1, to take the three-game series for the second straight year in the Bronx. It was the first series win for the Phillies since May 28-30 in Florda.

Kyle Kendrick was almost untouchable as he followed up Jamie Moyer’s stellar performance with one of his own. The 25-year-old right-hander allowed one run on four hits, two walks while striking out three in seven innings. Jose Contreras pitched the eight and an out in the ninth and J.C. Romero finished it off. Andy Pettitte was good for the Yankees but his offense left him hanging as the veteran lefty allowed three runs in seven innings.

Shane Victorino went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the fifth. Carlos Ruiz had a pair of doubles and scored twice and Ryan Howard drove in two runs. Despite using his voodoo magic on his team, Chase Utley went hitless again, watching his batting average drop to an awful .257.

Kendrick was backed by some stellar defense as well. The Phillies had three plays in the field that could all make ESPN’s Top 10 tomorrow. Jayson Werth made a spectacular diving catch early in the game. Then with runners on first and third and two outs with the score 3-1, Placido Polanco made a diving catch on the tarp in foul territory to end the threat. The while pitching, Contreras made a behind-the-back stab on a come-backer and threw to first for the out in the eighth inning.

Robinson Cano drove in the only run for the Yankees, a two-out RBI single in the sixth that made it a 3-1 game at the time. He finished the night 2-for-4 as he continued his batting tear with a .372 average on the season. The Captain, Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 on the night as he was held hitless for the series.

The Phillies got the scoring going in the fourth inning when Howard drove in Victorino with one out. Victorino then hit a two-run shot down the left field line to make it 3-0. New York made it 3-1 in the sixth but the Phillies erupted for four runs in the ninth to pull away. They would have had two more run in the ninth but a ground ball hit by Ben Francisco hit off of Raul Ibanez’s foot with two outs. The two runs scored but the umpires gathered and ruled that it hit Ibanez for the third out.

The Phillies were in a must-win situation for not only their self-esteem but also to keep pace behind the Braves and Mets, who both won tonight. It was also interesting that the game where the Phillies had the best chance of winning was Tuesday in which they got pummeled and the two games the Phillies were expected to get smoked, they dominated.

The Phillies come back home to play first-place Minnesota for a three-game set before taking a day off and playing the last place Indians. The series against the Twins will be a tough one as they will be playing their second straight series against a team leading their division.

Doubles: Ruiz 2 (8), Ibanez (12). HR: Victorino (11).

WP: Kendrick (4-2). LP: Pettitte (8-2).



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