The Phillies moved a little closer to their playoff goal with a comfortable 6-3 win over Washington last night, coupled with San Diego’s 14-inning loss to Colorado. The Phils hope to build on their night of fortune tonight at RFK.
Scheduled starters: RHP Kyle Kendrick (9-4, 4.05) and RHP Tim Redding (3-5, 3.73)
Preview: The Phillies have reached the point where they must feel confident in their chances every time their 23-year-old right-hander takes the mound. Kendrick is 4-1 in his last six outings and defeated St. Louis on Monday, allowing three runs in six innings, only to watch the bullpen make it interesting. The kid can definitely pitch. What I like most is he knows exactly who he is and how to win with his abilities, plus he's a strike-thrower. He forced double-digit groundouts for what feels like the 10th time this season last game, including that key twin-killing in the 5th. He and Pat Burrell's second half are the best stories of ’07.
For Washington, Redding, one of several cheap Nationals reclamation projects who's actually worked out, has been a pleasant surprise until recently. He’s got a terrible 37/36 K/BB ratio. After getting through Shawn Hill last night, the worst is definitely over for the Phils this series.
Last night, the Phils made fairly easy work of the Nats considering how many times they’ve needed to grind out victories of late. Great nights from Ryan Howard and Pat Burrellm and more good innings from the back of the Phillies bullpen, despite the heavy workload, keyed the victory. The game was pretty much in Phillies' hands after Adam Eaton was yanked after walking five, hitting two and giving up three in five-plus. He’s a total scrub, and for the first time all season, the Phillies broadcast crew called him out.
Action packed Saturday: The Mets and Marlins get underway at 3:55 p.m. and should be on FOX for viewers on the East Coast. Penn State travels to Michigan hoping to snap an eight-game losing streak. No Big Ten Network needed for this national broadcast. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. First pitch in Washington is 7:05 p.m. The San Diego/Colorado nightcap begins at 10:05 p.m. Enjoy the action, go Phils, and go Lions.