Notes From The Phillies’ 7-3 Win Over St. LouisBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Monday, April 22nd, 2013
- On again, off again. That phrase best describes the Phillies offense right now. One night they come alive and strike for eight runs. The next night they only manage three hits. Tonight, the bats were feeling productive, scoring seven runs on 12 hits.
- Jimmy Rollins had a productive game out of the leadoff spot, going 3-5 with his first triple of the season.
- Chase Utley went 2-5 and drove in a run, but left four runners on base.
- Ryan Howard went 1-3, and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. On a side note, its hard to believe that we’re almost at the end of April, and Howard has only managed to hit one home run.
- Erik Kratz has struggled mightily when given the opportunity to hit with runners on base, but tonight the backup catcher delivered the knockout punch with a three-run home run in the eighth inning.
- Charlie Manuel played around with his lineup a bit tonight, batting John Mayberry second.
- Kyle Kendrick turned in another good outing, lasting six innings and allowing just two runs on eight hits. You have to be impressed with the job Kendrick has done so far this season. With the exception of one bad inning against the Royals, Kendrick has been excellent as the team’s fourth starter. He’s given the team a good chance to win every time he’s taken the mound.
- Antonio Bastardo took over in the seventh inning, and struggled a little bit, recording just one out before allowing a couple of base runners to get on. He was charged with an unearned run.
- Chad Durbin came in for Bastardo with runners on the corners, and allowed just one run to score.
- Mike Adams tossed a scoreless eighth inning to get the win, and Jonathan Papelbon finished off the Cardinals in the ninth.
It was a good all-around win for the Phillies tonight. The pitching was solid, and the offense looked good.
Despite suffering a couple of disappointing losses, the Phillies managed to split their four-game series with the Cardinals. The offense has been the team’s biggest issue over the last week, but they have shown signs of improvement in this series. They managed three runs or better in three of their last four games, and consistently threatened to score (with the exception of Saturday’s game).
The Phillies will begin a series Monday with the Pittsburgh Pirates, with rookie Jonathan Pettibone making his first career start.
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