Behind seven strong innings by Kyle Kendrick (W, 2-2), the Phillies cruised to their sixth win in seven tries, beating the Pirates 8-4 Saturday. They aim for the series sweep this afternoon at 1:35 ET.
Beerleaguer: One of the easiest wins of the season, but a very good win nonetheless in getting everything they could have asked out of Kendrick, who pitched into the 8th inning and didn’t walk anyone, recording most of his outs by way of groundouts. He received plenty of help from his defense, which appears to have turned the corner on this road trip. Kendrick was also able to buy a night's rest for the back-end of the bullpen.
Meanwhile, the Bucs continue to play sloppy baseball, and the futility of Matt Morris, who couldn’t find his way out of the second inning, cannot be overstated. It's going to be another horrible summer for Pittsburgh.
On the mend: Jimmy Rollins took batting and fielding practice yesterday and told the Inquirer he’s getting close to 100 percent. Kris Benson suffered a groin strain during extended spring training. Shane Victorio can come off the DL on Tuesday.
Game chat: Today, the Phils send Brett Myers (2-1, 4.78 ERA) to the mound as they try for their fourth-straight win to finish the road trip 6-1. The Pirates counter with Paul Maholm (1-2, 4.22). Discuss it here. [Live Boxscore]