It was the perfect storm for the Phillies: Kyle Kendrick goes deep, they crush a weak pitcher and some key starters got an early rest for the night cap.
The Phils took the first of the day/night double header, 8-1, over the Marlins. It’s the second time this season the Phis have had a winning streak as high as five games and are now 16 games above .500.
Kendrick gave the Phillies seven incredible innings of good pitching. He allowed a run on five hits and a walk while striking out five. He went four straight innings from the 3rd to the 6th without allowing a hit.
He allowed a run in the first inning off a solo home run by Logan Morrison. But Kendrick quickly settled into a groove, working his cutter, sinker and change-up into his repertoire to sit down the Marlins.
Kendrick’s start was huge for the Phils as they were able to rest the bull pen for tonight’s game. But with Roy Halladay going, there shouldn’t be a need to tap into their resources too early.
Making a spot start for the Marlins was Elih Villanueva. It was a terrible debut for the rookie, who lasted three innings. He allowed eight runs on five hits and five walks and threw 92 pitches.
Villanueva’s undoing came in the 3rd innings. With the bases loaded, Wilson Valdez cleared the bases with a three-run triple to make it a 5-1 game. But it got worse. Two batters later, Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer to right to make it 8-1.
Valdez made the most of his start. Giving Placido Polanco a little rest before the night cap, Valdez went 3-for-4 with a three-run triple and run scored. Rollins finished 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs.
TONIGHT: Tonight’s match up will feature Roy Halladay (9-3, 2.39) for the Phils and Anibal Sanchez (6-1, 3.06). Should make for a good duel if Sanchez shakes off the struggles his past two starts this month.
2B: Victorino (9), Howard (16). 3B: Valdez (1). HR: Rollins (6).
WP: Kendrick (4-4). LP: Villanueva (0-1).