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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Game 47: Phils score, Phils win (27-20)

Kyle Kendrick pitched one hell of a game tonight, allowing zero earned runs over the course of 6 innings pitched. The only two runs he allowed were on his own throwing error with two outs in the third inning, and Ryan Howard should have caught the ball anyway. It was a job well done for Kendrick, who actually got the win tonight because the Phils managed to scratch three runs onto the board.

No complaints for the manager tonight: he removed Kendrick after he reached 106 pitches, and he went to his three best relievers to each pitch one inning. Chad Durbin, Danys Baez, and Jose Contreras pitched a scoreless final third of the game to ensure the badly-needed victory.

The Phillies are 27-20. This afternoon, Howard Eskin was reporting that hitting coach Milt Thompson's job may be in jeopardy because of the scoreless streak, and he also took a couple jabs at the manager because he is described as a "hitting guru." Last year after 47 games, the Phils were 27-20. In 2008, the Phils were 25-22 with 220 runs scored. The Phils have 230 this year, even though they've been using minor leaguers to play shortstop for the vast majority of the year. In 2009, the Phils had 263 runs thanks to Raul Ibanez's other-worldly start and a lack of a 5-game stretch with three runs scored. Milt Thompson should not and will not be fired; the Phillies are fine.

Oh, and the Mets played the Brewers tonight, who failed to score in the first 8 innings of the game.

The Phils try to win a series for once tomorrow night at 7:10 when RHP Roy Halladay faces RHP Josh Johnson. I won't be seeing the majority of that one.

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