The Phillies, looking to avoid the first six game home losing streak to the Mets since 1971, sent Kyle Kendrick to the mound in the series finale yesterday afternoon. After a shaky first two innings, Kendrick settled down to give the Phillies 7 2/3 solid innings allowing just 2 runs on 7 hits. Jimmy Rollins, after failing to hustle on a pop-up AGAIN, was benched by Charlie Manuel in the sixth inning. The Phillies would go on to win 3-2. The win was Kendrick’s 8th of the season which gives him the same win total as Roy Halladay. More here.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie gave his annual State of the Team address yesterday afternoon before the Eagles Preseason finale against the New York Jets. Lurie proclaimed that an 8-8 record this year would not be enough to save Andy Reid’s job in 2013. Lurie refused to provide a definitive win total that would secured Reid’s job for 2013. The Eagles, behind an impressive night by QB Trent Edwards, beat the Jets 28-10 to give them their first undefeated preseason since 1995. More here.
The Washington Nationals continue to prove that they are a contender as they took down the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 yesterday. Former Cardinal Edwin Jackson struck out 10 of his former teammates in eight innings to get the win for the Nats. The Cardinals loss allows the Phillies to gain a game in the Wild Card as they sit 9 games back now. More here.
Behind strong pitching and timely hitting, the Arizona Diamondbacks ended their 6 game losing streak yesterday as they beat reigning Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers 2-0 last night. The D’backs have extended their winning streak over the Dodgers to 7 games. Currently, Arizona is 6.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. More here.
The Brewers and Cubs, yes the Cubs, were in a wild one yesterday. The Brewers took an 11-9 lead into the ninth inning powered by catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s 7 RBI (including a grand slam) and Ryan Braun’s solo home run. Unfortunately for the Brew Crew, they could not hold the lead as the Cubs scored 3 in the 9th to win 12-11. The Brewers sit 8.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot and ½ game ahead of the Phillies. More here.