Philadelphia Phillies' Young Bats Save Kyle Kendrick's Slow Start vs. Chicago Cubs

By Zach Slotter
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After the first couple innings of tonight’s game between Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs, you got the sense that it would follow the pattern of much of the past few weeks for the Phillies. For the second straight outing, Kyle Kendrick got hit around early, giving up four runs in the second inning after only lasting two innings in his previous start.

But for a change, the bats were able to save the day, as the Phillies pounded 13 hits in a 9-8 victory. Kendrick settled down after that disastrous inning and battled through six innings, surrendering five runs in the process.

But the story of the night was the offense, particularly two of the young guys who many consider the future of this lineup. Darin Ruf made his first career start in right field and delivered a 2-for-4 performance with a home run and two RBI, extending his streak to 33 consecutive games reaching base.

Cody Asche also had his first solid game at the plate since getting the call-up to the big leagues, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Altogether, the Phillies had seven extra base hits and were finally enjoyable and exciting to watch. It’s unfortunate that it seems the injury to Ben Revere is what really sent this team completely downhill. But with the team 10 games under .500 with only 50 games to play, it is time to look towards the future.

On this night, the future was bright. Jake Diekman and Justin De Fratus worked the backend of the bullpen while Ruff and Asche carried the load on offense. That sentence is something Phillies fans would love to hear more of for the rest of 2013 and beyond.

Zach Slotter is a contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zslot6, Like his Facebook page and add him on Google

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