Philly Offense Wins Battle of Pennsylvaniaby Erin
Kyle Kendrick took the mound Monday in Philadelphia’s match up with the Pittsburgh Pirates, looking for his second win of the season. The right hander went 8.0 innings (105 pitches) allowing only two runs, striking out four, and leading the Phillies to a 12-2 victory. The win moved Philadelphia to 24-13 on the season.
The Phillies offense had their way with Pirate pitcher Charlie Morton, who only went four innings and allowed six runs. It was surely a good sign for Phillies fans, as Jimmy Rollins looked good in his first game back from injury. The shortstop went 2-for-4 and walked once, notching an RBI and scoring twice.
Ryan Howard also saw success for Philadelphia from the batters box. The first baseman was 3-of-5, scoring twice and recording six RBI’s. Howard’s two run single in the third put Philadelphia ahead 3-1, a lead they would not surrender.
Also sharp on offense was Jayson Werth. In the right field position, Werth went 2-of-5, driving in four runs and scoring once, as he doubled and knocked a three run homer in the game. Werth has been impressive for the Phillies, as he is batting .333 for the NL East leaders.
In his first appearance since April 26th, Antonio Bastardo closed the game for Philadelphia. He struck out two in his inning of work.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow when Roy Halladay and Zach Duke will take the mound.