It happened! The Phillies scored a run; actually they scored more than that, beating the Florida Marlins 3-2. Kyle Kendrick was outstanding for six innings, allowing just five hits with no earned runs. KK did not walk a batter, the first time he’s done that in a win that he started since April 26, 2008 against Pittsburgh.
You’ve undoubtedly heard the ugly streaks the Phillies had been on: 31 innings since a run was scored and a full week since winning a game. That futile period is over, finally. Five games felt like fifty as one of the most explosive offenses in baseball fell silent for far too long.
Tonight, Raul Ibanez snapped the drought in the 4th inning by ripping a triple into the right-center field gap to score Ryan Howard. It wasn’t a crooked number, but it made the team, and the fans, feel better. Momentarily, anyway. The Phillies were still in the hole 2-1 at the time before Howard brought home Chase Utley to tie the game. In the 7th inning Chase Utley would score Shane Victorino on a ground out to shortstop and just like that, a win was possible.
In the 9th inning, Jose Contreras would make an already tense mood even more uneasy as he allowed two runners to reach base. Contreras would eventually nail it down with a strikeout of Cody Ross and a pop out from Ronny Paulino to give the Phils their first win since last Friday against Boston.
Let’s keep it rollin’ boys. Two wins can happen.