The Phillies, seemingly unable to get out of their own way during interleague play, returned to divisional play last night and defeated the Atlanta Braves by a score of 8 - 3.
The Phillies came out hitting in the second and third inning, which we should have predicted, since Kyle Kendrick was on the mound last night. Already leading 1 - 0 on a Pat Burrell solo home run, the Phillies strung together 6 straight hits in the 3rd inning off of Braves starter Charlie Morton, including a 2-run Shane Victorino homer, to open up a 5 - 0 lead.
Meanwhile, Kendrick seemed to have runners on base in just about every inning, but was able to wiggle his way out of trouble. His luck ran out in the 7th inning, however, as Braves PH Greg Norton doubled home 2 runs, prompting the hook for Kendrick.
That was as close as the Braves would ultimately come to catching the Phils, as the Phils went on to tack on 3 more runs in the top of the ninth to salt away the win.
The series continues in Atlanta tonite, with Adam Eaton facing Jason Campillo.
Notes and Observations
- Brad Lidge pitching in a non-save situation? Guess he needed the work.
- Great defensive play by the Phils when, in the third inning, Chase Utley tracked a ball down after Ryan Howard dove to his left to field it and still managed to throw out the runner as the alert Kyle Kendrick covered first.
- Another great defensive play involving Utley in the 2nd inning, when he went up the middle to rob Jeff Francoeur.
- You wonder if Brett Myers acquiescing to a minor league assignment provided any sort of emotional lift for the Phils, who probably don't get any more joy out of watching Myers struggle than we do.
- The Phils called up left-handed reliever RJ Swindle from Lehigh Valley to replace Myers.
- The Phils also announced that they signed 1st round draft pick Anthony Hewitt.
Photo: Yahoo.com....(AP Photo/Gregory Smith)