The Phillies jumped on the Marlins quickly. After a one out single by Placido Polanco, Hunter Pence ripped a double to left. After a Ryan Howard strikeout (he is 0-for-15 in his last 15 at-bats), Raul Ibanez hit a double to right to bring Pence home from second to go up 2-0.
Kyle Kendrick did what he was asked to do. Getting his first start in 21 days, Kendrick gave the Phillies five solid innings allowing just one run on two hits while striking out six. Kendrick’s lone run came on a one out, two strike homerun to Marlins LF Logan Morrison. Kendrick threw 78 pitches, 53 of which for strikes. Michael Stutes came in to replace Kendrick in relief. Stutes gave up two hits and a walk in two innings of shutout ball.
In the bottom of the seventh, Brian Schneider singled to right with one out. Michael Martinez followed with a walk and pinch hitter Chase Utley ripped a single to center to load the bases. The next batter, Shane Victorino, went down on strikes and let a very good strike three pitch go untouched. Placido Polanco almost got hit by two pitches in his at bat but ended up getting the RBI anyways by working a walk against Ryan Webb. The Phillies got the all important insurance run to bring the lead to 3-1.
Antonio Bastardo had a rough day getting only one out while giving up a double and walking Mike Stanton in the top half of the eighth. Brad Lidge entered the game and was picked up by Raul Ibanez. Gaby Sanchez hit a single to left and Raul Ibanez came up firing to throw out Omar Infante at the plate for the second out of the inning. After a walk to Logan Morrison, Lidge got catcher John Buck swinging on strikes.
Ryan Madson didn’t have an easy inning of relief in the ninth either. After giving up two single to lead off the inning and after a John Baker sacrifice to move the runners to scoring position, Madson got 3B Emilio Bonifacio down on strikes. Following Bonifacio, Madson got Omar Infante to pop out to Chooch to end the game.
The Phillies cut their magic number to three with the second game of the doubleheader coming at 7:35pm. Cliff Lee faces off against Alex Sanabia.