Game 64 - Thursday Night, June 17th in New York
For our 5th wedding anniversary, Kyle Kendrick gave us the gift of a well-pitched ballgame and a Phillies' win in the Bronx. For a road trip that started out just flat awful, the Phils head home having gone 3-3 on the trip, winning the Yankees series. Kendrick's success tonight was based on his ability to get ahead of hitters early and 70 of his 110 pitches were thrown for strikes. He lasted 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 lone Yankee run.
The Phillies scored first again tonight, pushing across a 4th inning run when Ryan Howard singled home Shane Victorino. Victorino provided more offense in the 5th with a 2-run home run off Yankees' starter Andy Pettitte. The Phillies batted around in the 9th, padding their lead with 4 additional runs.
The defense also showed up tonight as Placido Polanco made an amazing catch, landing on the tarp in foul territory, to end the 6th and help Kendrick escape a 1st and 3rd jam. And reliever Jose Contreras made a nifty behind his back snag of a sharp Curtis Granderson grounder in the 8th. Don't look now . . . but the Phils look good again.
Welcome Back: Scott Mathieson completed his long and winding road back to the Majors when he was recalled this afternoon from AAA Lehigh Valley to take the place of the disabled Antonio Bastardo. Mathieson last pitched in the Majors on September 2, 2006, before arm troubles derailed his next few seasons.
Newest Red Baron/Yankee: The Yankees signed former Phillie Eric Bruntlett to a minor league deal today. Bruntlett started tonight at 3rd base for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, going 0 for 3 against the Phillies' AAA IronPigs team.