Thursday, April 10, 2008

Phils Miss Allstar Shortstop

Wednesday the Phils had all the momentum heading into their first night game in the last 4. Sending Kyle Kendrick out to the mound who was looking for a more solid outing than his first of the year, the Phillies hoped to take game 2 from the Mets and win their first series of the season. With the injury to Jimmy Rollins from the night before, Charlie Manuel was forced to replace him with Eric Bruntlett in the lineup. An acquisition from Houston in the offseason to try to fill in some holes on the bench in the infield.

Unfortunately for the Phils, Bruntlett is no Rollins, and it seemed as though not having the allstar at short made way for some sloppy fielding as the the Phils committed 4 errors in the game. Kendrick only managed to pitch 2 1/3, throwing 71 pitches and giving up 7 runs, only 1 earned due to the poor infield play behind him.

The only bright spot in this 8-2 loss to the teams rival, is the solid pitching outting by Chad Durbin. Durbing managed to stop the bleeding by going 3 2/3 innings, giving up no more runs and striking out 4.

Hopefully the Phils can come out strong on Thursday, Eaton is coming of a solid start to the year, and with any luck, J-Roll will be back in the lineup.

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