Posted by Alex Lee, Sun, April 21, 2013 11:48 PM Comments: 8
After striking for two runs in the first, the Phillies offense was unable to get to a very hittable Jake Westbrook through six innings on Sunday night. Enter the Cardinals bullpen. The Phils scored five runs in the seventh and eighth – three of which came off a towering three-run shot from Erik Kratz – to notch a 7-3 victory and a series split against St. Louis. Kyle Kendrick kept his team in it with a gutsy six-inning performance against a potent Cardinals lineup.
OFFENSE COMES UP BIG WHEN IT COUNTS
- After grounding into a rally-killing double play in the sixth, Ben Revere redeemed himself two innings later when he stung a tie-breaking single up the middle in the eighth off Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs. Kratz hit the next pitch from Boggs deep into the cold Philadelphia night to blow it open, and the Phillies concluded their nightmarish week on a high note.
- Within that eighth inning, Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 12 games in controversial fashion. Young hit a routine ground ball that deflected off Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs’ glove into the infield’s no man’s land. The hometown scorer quickly credited Young with a hit. Young scored the game-winning run shortly thereafter on Revere’s single.
- It wasn’t all good for the Phillies on Sunday night. Revere’s double play was one of three in big spots for the Phillies and squandered a bases loaded, one-out opportunity. An inning later, the Phils couldn’t get Laynce Nix home from second base with no outs after he tied the game with a pinch hit double. The Phillies left nine runners in scoring position.
PITCHERS DO THEIR JOB
-Kyle Kendrick put together his third consecutive solid start, battling through six innings despite throwing 53 pitches in the first two frames. Kendrick gave up two runs, eight hits and a walk, striking out six Cardinals in the process. In his last three starts, Kendrick has given up only four runs in 19 innings, lowering his 2013 ERA to 3.28. Continue reading Offense Erupts Late, Phils Earn Split With Cards