There was a lot to be proven by Kyle Kendrick. After being sent down earlier in the week after being blown up by St. Louis on Monday, Kendrick was given another shot. This time, he faced Ubaldo Jimenz, the supposed front runner for the NL Cy Young. Well Kendrick was the one looking like the ace as he kept the Rockies hitters on their heels and Jimenz was chased after two innings in the Phils 10-2 win.
Jimenez’s control was all sorts of messed up today. He allowed six runs on only three hits but walked six batters. Kendrick allowed only one run on six hits and a walk while striking out three.
The Phillies scored seven runs in the third inning, five of them before the Rockies could record an out. The 11-at bat inning started with a Jimmy Rollins single and two walks to follow. Ryan Howard then hit a bases clearing triple to quickly make it a 3-0 game. The Howard scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0. After a pair of walks and an RBI single by Greg Dobbs, Rollins ripped a two-run triple to make it 7-0, capping off the scoring for the inning.
Rollins went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Howard had a two-hit game while driving in three and Raul Ibanez ripped a two-run homer in the sixth. Placido Polanco and Jayson Werth had multi-hit games.
2B: Werth (31), Polanco (16), Francisco (8). 3B: Howard (5), Rollins (2). HR: Ibanez (8).
WP: Kendrick (6-4). LP: U. Jimenez (15-2).