After a disappointing close to their brief homestand, the Philadelphia Phillies started their west coast road trip off on the right foot, defeating the San Francisco Giants 6-2 on Monday behind Cliff Lee. The Phillies turned to the emerging Kyle Kendrick to keep the good times rolling by the bay on Tuesday.
Kendrick was impressive once again, scattering six hits over seven strong innings of work, allowing just two earned runs. He dominated left-handed hitters with his sinking fast ball, starting it in at the batters’ hip, with the pitch often finishing on the inside corner. The pitch generated many easy ground balls as well as six strike outs in Kendrick’s dominating performance.
The Phillies offense got the job done again tonight in route to a 6-2 victory, scoring in key situations with timely hits. The team have started this big seven-game road trip just the way they would have liked to. The starting pitching continues to give quality outings for the team, and the hitting is starting to come around.
The key difference is the Phils are getting big the two-out hit they have been missing all season. Timely hitting is so important because every run counts and nothing is more demoralizing to an opponent than a big two-out hit that produces a run, or multiple runs batted in.
More importantly, the Phillies are playing as a team and playing technically sound start to finish. They are driving in the big runs, making all the plays, and getting quality pitching all around. If Philadelphia wants to contend for the division, this is the kind of baseball they need to continue to produce.