Sunday, May 27, 2012

Kendrick pitches complete game shutout, Phils poised to sweep

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 26: Starter Kyle Kendrick ...
ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 26: Starter Kyle Kendrick #38 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 26, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Kyle Kendrick hasn't been looking to great as a starter this year. He's been hit around and hasn't won a game prior to last night, but last night would be different. Not only would Kyle get his first win of the season, he'd also pitch his second ever Complete Game ( his first was in 2010) and first ever CG shutout. KK scattered 7 hits on the night, while striking out 4 for the victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals had been riding high atop the NL Central before the series started with the Phillies, but now they have slipped a bit and have fallen into 2nd place in their division.

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The Phillies have shown that they aren't as bad as the recent stories you've been reading about in the papers and online would suggest. The team is not out of it yet, and even though the Phils are still in last place, a few more winning streaks like they are getting into here, and they'll be climbing back toward the top again.

Ryan Howard tweeted out, "Nice job fellas..." after the win with Cliff Lee on the mound on Friday night, and with Howard's addition to the team, the Phillies may be on the way to much better things. We haven't heard anything Howard's progress, even since the Inquirer reporter, Bob Brookover, was practically thrown out of Brighthouse Network Field down in Clearwater (read the story here) for even caring to see how Howard was doing down in Florida. Even Howard himself chimed in, "It's not Spring Training...what are you doing down here." Well excuse us for caring.

This year's Phillies team has shown us some bright spots even though it isn't the team that we envisioned coming out of Spring Training. It's almost June now, I would expect this team to be joined by two players that have been out for a long time now. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley really should have been back by now. Howard is going on 7 full months since the last day of the season last year, and Utley is as well. When are these two coming back?

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