Sunday, May 18, 2008

Phils Drop Soggy Game To Blue Jays

The Philadelphia Phillies entered Sundays' game with the Toronto Blue Jays hoping to win their first inter-league series of the season. Unfortunately, the weather didn't agree with their plan and caused a few rain delays and alot of soggy baseball.

The Phils sent Kyle Kendrick to the mound on Sunday who has struggled in this early season and was looking for some semblance of stability entering the summer months. Kendrick though only pitched one inning of Sunday's rubber match due to a rain delay in the top of the second. The Phils offense managed to strike before the delay as Ryan Howard lifted a ball over the center field wall for two early runs. After the delay, Carlos Ruiz managed to add another run in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single.

The Phils Chad Durbin had shut down the Jays after the delay, but they managed to break through in the top of the fifth. Lyle Overbay single handily tied the game with a three run home run to right to bring the game to 3-3.

The bullpen woes continued for the Phils as Rudy Seanez allowed three more runs in the sixth off a two RBI double by Shannon Stewart after an intentional walk to Matt Stairs, and Rod Barajas continued his stellar weekend with an RBI single to give the Jays a 3 run lead.

The Phils tried to work their way back scoring a run in the sixth off a Chase Utley RBI double and one again in the bottom of the ninth with a solo home run from Pat Burrell. The Phils would come up short though and dropped the game 6-5 to the Blue Jays.

The Phillies currently sit in second place of the NL East and head on the road to visit divisional rival Washington Nationals.

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