The Phillies finally put together a solid game start to finish Tuesday night and, most miraculously of all, the bullpen closed out a stellar start by Kyle Kendrick in a 6-2 win over the Padres.
It wasn't easy — Bastardo needed 30 pitches to complete the frame — but he closed it out without giving up a run, striking out the final two batters with men on second and third to seal the win.
It was a much-need victory and one for which Kyle Kendrick deserved the decision. He shook off a shaky start and went eight innings allowing two earned runs and scattering seven hits while striking out six and walking none.
Kendrick was pumping strikes all night — of his 104 pitches, 74 were strikes and he got the first pitch over to 20 of 32 batters. He improved to 7-4 and lowered his ERA to 3.46.
Domonic Brown provided the Phillies with their offense. He broke a 14-game homerless streak and made Jason Marquis pay when he crushed a deep three-run bomb in the third inning to give the Phils a 3-2 lead. It was his team-leading 20th of the season. Brown also earned his 54th RBI later when he worked a bases-loaded walk.
After he cooled off considerably following his unbelievable May, Brown may be finding his sweet stroke once again — he has six hits, four for extra bases, in his last four games.
Don't let the six runs fool you, though. The Phillies still struggled with runners in scoring position, going just 2 for 13 on the night and leaving eight men on base. They totaled seven hits but also drew seven walks on the evening.
Wednesday, Cole Hamels will take the mound in the rubber match. The hometown hero has great career numbers against Padres, with an 8-2 record and 2.15 ERA in 13 games. Those numbers get even better in San Diego, where he's 4-1 with a 1.27 ERA.