Hey offense, how do ya do?
It must have been the voodoo.
They were hitting and stealing,
Kyle Kendrick was dealing,
And the Phils beat the Yanks, woo-hoo!
After tagging Roy Halladay for six runs on Tuesday night, the Yankees offense had to be licking their chops at the prospect of facing the pitching of 47-year-old™ Jamie Moyer and inconsistent Kyle Kendrick in the next two games.
Keep the brooms in the closet, boys. You just got dealt.
Kendrick (4-2) followed up Moyer’s eight-inning, three-hit gem with seven strong innings of his own on Thursday. Kendrick allowed one run on four hits, walking two and striking out three, dropping his ERA to a season-low 4.48.
But the game wasn’t won on pitching alone. The Phillies would have their most complete game in, well, a very long time. It had everything: small ball when Ryan Howard hit a RBI single in the fourth, a two-run homer from Shane Victorino in the fifth, extra base hits, a stolen base, and productive outs to plate four in the ninth, and some stellar defense from Jayson Werth, Jose Contreras (!), and Placido Polanco, who made a spectacular over-the-tarp catch in foul territory to get Kendrick out of a sixth-inning jam.
It was encouraging to see the Phillies dismantle the Yankees, who are currently tied with the Tampa Bay Rays for the best record in baseball, and it was especially gratifying that they beat them in the Bronx, where their 2009 season ended so bitterly last November. This series win is the Phils’ first since they took two games from the Florida Marlins in late May. Hopefully, their offensive drought and the perennial June slump is over.
The Phillies remain 3.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. They begin a nine-game homestand tonight when they face the Minnesota Twins at 7:05. Joe Blanton (1-5, 7.28) attempts to get back on track against Nick Blackburn (6-3, 4.96).