The Phillies pounded out 21 hits, which included two home runs by Ryan Howard, as the visiting Phils steamrolled the Cardinals 20-2.
The Phillies have certainly made Kyle Kendrick’s transition to the Major Leagues as comfortable as possible. After Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell staked him to a three-run lead with back-to-back-to-back jacks in the first, they continued to pile it on en route to their second 20-run outburst of the season. Howard feasted on home cooking with a two-HR, five RBI night, while Carlos Ruiz, who also needed a lift, went 4-for-6 with a pair of RBI doubles.
While the rest of baseball enjoyed the magic of interleague play, the Phils and Cards engaged in an old-fashioned matchup that proved to be most memorable from start to finish. The game featured second baseman Aaron Miles pitching a shutout ninth, Howard getting thrown at and Tony LaRussa getting tossed for throwing his sunglasses ("Some wives, like Micky Conway, used to curse at them and spit on the floor. On her own floor. That never made any sense to me!" - Goodfellas).
On a night when the offense gorged on poor pitching, the best part might have been Kendrick taking care of business for his sixth win of the season. The 23-year-old also added a pair of hits during a nine-run fourth inning. After one full year of play, Kendrick improves to an understated 16-6 with a 4.13 ERA. What a fine job by Kendrick, and by Rich Dubee; Kendrick has been a true portfolio piece for the Phils' pitching coach.