Kyle Kendrick used a tricky change-up to his advantage, and threw 61 of 87 pitches for strikes, in a revitalizing seven-inning, five-hit, shutout effort against the Marlins Tuesday night. That means we won't hear about Triple-A soft-tosser Tyler Cloyd for at least five days. With the 1-0 victory, the Phillies improved to 17-12 since the All-Star break and have won 7 of their last 10 series, which means it's time for another cruel look at the Wild Card standings. Ten back. Sigh. Nevertheless, .500 baseball seems well within range, and the Phils are going to overtake the Mets for third in the East, possibly tonight. Say what you want about the Phillies' season (It is rubbish), but at least the starting pitching appears intact, with several good takeaways in other areas.