Kyle Kendrick pitched eight shutout innings and the Phillies defeated the Rockies 5-0 on Tuesday night to notch their Major-League-leading 70th win. Kendrick’s final line looked like this: 8.0 IP/4 H/0 R/0 ER/2 BB/7 K. He wasn’t the only one who was strong, though.
Ryan Howard slugged home runs number 22 and 23, both of them solo shots. The offense got the scoring started early, with two runs in the first by a Chase Utley groundout and a Hunter Pence double. Howard’s first home run came in the 4th, which was followed by a Brian Schneider sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0.
Howard hit an opposite field home run in the 8th to cap the scoring.
Kendrick never found himself in much trouble, mowing down the Rockies inning after inning. Overall, he threw 117 pitches–a season high. This will likely be the last start for Kendrick this year, as Roy Oswalt is set to join the team this week.
Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook left the game in the top of the fifth with muscle spasms in his neck, after giving up four runs over four innings.
With the win and a Braves loss, the Phillies find themselves a full eight game ahead of the Bravos, who have the 4th-best record in all of baseball.
Roy Halladay will take the mound tomorrow, as the Phillies look to complete the sweep, something they have had trouble with this year. Isn’t it great that one of the team’s “problems” is that they win almost every series, but have trouble getting sweeps? Oh yeah, life is good.