After a walk-off single from Dominic Brown and another dominant performance from Cliff Lee, the Philadelphia Phillies look to sweep NL East foe Washington Nationals on Wednesday. Kyle Kendrick will take the mound in the third game of the series.
Ryan Howard has punished the Nationals so far this series going 4-5 with three RBI. He ended his homerun drought and also hit a triple.
The Phillies’ bats have been quiet most of the season, but the Phillies might have started their next win streak. The bats have been hot and the runs have piled on against the Nationals.
If Kendrick can have a solid performance and the bats stay hot, the Phillies could find themselves in sole possession of second place in the NL East.
Likewise, maybe this series is just the start of Howard breaking out of a funk. His season’s performance so far has been disappointing, but he might have put some hope back in the Phillies faithful during this series.
With Carlos Ruiz recently coming off of the DL, this series could potentially carry momentum for the Phillies. If Philadelphia wins, it is in second place, but if it loses, it is back in third place.
The season has been a roller coaster ride for Philadelphia, but the their potential to sweep the Nationals carries momentum beyond the series. Howard seems to be turning his season around, Brown is still playing good baseball and the Phillies’ starting pitching seems to be finally clicking as a staff.
It is now Kendrick’s turn to have a quality start and make it easy for the offense to lead the Phillies to a sweep over the Nationals.