Notes From The Phillies’ 7-2 Win Over MiamiBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Friday, May 3rd, 2013
- Once again, Kyle Kendrick was the stopper. Kendrick continued his run of surprisingly superb pitching, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on seven hits. His record improves to 3-1, and his ERA stands at 2.43.
- Domonic Brown turned in his best offensive game of the season, going 3-4 and driving in two runs. Brown hit his fourth homer of the year in the win.
- Ryan Howard also launched his fourth bomb of the season, and also drew two walks.
- Mike Adams and Jonathan Papelbon held the Marlins scoreless over the final two innings of the game.
- With the team now out of the American League, Ben Revere returned to the bench in favor of John Mayberry in centerfield.
- Michael Young went 2-4 with a double.
- Chase Utley went 0-3, but drove in a run on a groundout.
Once again, Kyle Kendrick comes up big for this team.
The Phillies have a losing record when Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, and Roy Halladay take the mound, but some of those losses have been offset by Kendrick’s ability to go out every fifth day and perform at a high level. If the Phillies collectively continue to struggle throughout the rest of the season, Kendrick could become one of their strongest trade chips at the deadline, should he continue to pitch this well.
The other guy who really shined in this win (and has stepped his game up lately) is Domonic Brown. After going through a slump for several weeks and seeing his average fall to as low as .206, Brown has picked things up over the last couple of weeks. He has 12 hits and seven RBI’s in his last eight games, and he’s batting over .300 in that stretch. Hopefully this is a sign that the former top prospect may finally be settling in and getting comfortable against major league pitching.
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