Kyle Kendrick pitched seven strong innings and the Phillies lineup continued its recent productive run as the Phillies claimed game one of their day/night doubleheader against the Marlins by a score of 8-1.
Just like last night, the Marlins jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, this time on a solo home run from left fielder Logan Morrison. Needless to say, also like last night, it was the final run that the Marlins would score.
The Phillies answered back in the bottom of the first on an RBI double from Ryan Howard off Marlins’ starter Elih Villanueva. The Phillies would score again in the bottom of the second on a two out RBI single from Jimmy Rollins, scoring Ben Francisco from second base.
The Phillies put the game away in the bottom of the third. The big hits came from Wilson Valdez, whose bases loaded triple made the score 5-1, and Jimmy Rollins, whose three run homer put the score at 8-1, where it would stay for all eternity.
The aforementioned Kendrick pitched quite well (and not just lucky-well like is his usual tendency). The right-hander struck out five and walked just one in his seven innings, needing just 88 pitches and protecting the bullpen during a brutal stretch for the pitching staff.
Tune in tonight for game two – Roy Halladay vs. Anibal Sanchez.