In two starts against the Cardinals, Cole Hamels has allowed just two runs, five hits and has struck out 15. He’ll try for his 11th win of the season today starting at 3:55 p.m.
Last night, the Phillies pounced on Kip Wells for five runs in the first inning and chase him from the game by the second in a 13-3 rout. Chase Utley, who went 4-for-5 with a homer, two runs and three RBIs, continues to make his case for MVP. Baseball Tonight's Tim Kurkjian reported that Utley is on pace to finish with the most extra-base hits by a second baseman since Rogers Hornsby in 1922. Utley is hitting .464 (26-56) over his last 15 home games, MLB.com reports.
Kyle Kendrick remained a perfect 4-0 in his young career with his longest and best outing, allowing just one run over seven innings. The 22-year-old also knocked in two. If Kendrick keeps at it, the Phillies will have two solid starters under the age of 23 going forward, the other being today’s starter, Cole Hamels (10-4, 3.72 ERA), who snapped a three-game slide with a seven-inning, eight-strikeout performance against the Astros July 4 to earn a share of the league lead in wins.
For St. Louis, lefty Mike Maroth (0-1, 4.11 ERA) makes his fourth start since his trade from Detroit.