Who would have seriously thought this team would get swept in a four-game series to the Astros? Well, folks, that’s exactly what happened as the Astros beat the Phils 5-1 to complete the improbable sweep between a playoff contender and a playoff dreamer.
Wandy Rodriguez kept the Phillies’ bats silent in seven innings of work. He allowed a run on five hits and one walk while striking out six.
Kyle Kendrick wasn’t bad but he gave up a run in each of the first four innings. He finished with four runs on nine hits in six innings pitched while striking out one.
Michael Bourn was a terror on the base paths today. The speedy centerfielder was 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Carlos Lee did damage to the Phillies again as he went 2-for-4 with a double and home run.
Raul Ibanez had himself a three hit game. Chase Utley had an RBI double in the sixth to provide the Phillies with its only offensive showing.
Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 with two strike outs as he continues to struggle off the DL. Howard is now 3-for-24 with 14 strike outs since his return from a sprained left ankle.
The Phillies made the fans think they had a come back in them as Ibanez and Shane Victorino had back-to-back base hits in the ninth with two outs. But Carlos Ruiz flew out to center to end the game.
The Phillies were swept at home which is shocking considering they entered the series with the best home record in baseball (42-22). It was the first time they were swept in a four-game series since September 6-9 at Veterans Stadium in 1999.
The Phils will take their road struggles (28-31) to San Diego to face the first place Padres. Roy Oswalt will take the hill as he hoped to provide the Phillies with a well enough start to win.
2B: Ibanez (27), Utley (15).
WP: W. Rodriguez (10-12). LP: Kendrick (8-7)