Yeah, you read that right. The Philadelphia Phillies are back and they have started the second half of their season the right way with a 13-8 dominating victory against the New York Mets. Kyle Kendrick took the mound for the Phils first pitching 5.2 innings earning 7 strikeouts and only 1 walk, he did allow 6 runs, but we won’t mention that again.
This offensive outting was jumpstarted by Domonic Brown and Chase Utley as the two stars shone brightly in Citi Field. Brown, freh off his first All-Star game, went 3-5 hitting his 24th home run of the year with 2 RBI and scoring 2 runs. Chase Utley also put on a great show as he drove in 3 runs, scoring twice, and hitting a home run and a triple against the Mets’ pitching.
With this win, the Phillies have taken the second place spot in the NL East away from the Washington Nationals. The Nats fell to the LA Dodgers due to a blown save by Nats’ closer Rafael Soriano. Tonight’s victory puts the phillies 6.5 games back from the Atlanta Braves. The Braves have a star-studded lineup but anything is possible and the Phillies look to prove that this year by taking the NL East by storm with a complete turnaround of their 1st half.
Officially above .500, the Phillies look to continue their hot streak of 7-3 in their last 10 games with 3 consecutive wins tomorrow against the New York Mets starting with tomorrow’s game at 1:10 p.m. EST. Cole Hamels attempts to turn his recent hot streak into an everyday thing as he takes on rookie pitcher Zack Wheeler. Hamels hasn’t been too good this year, with an early season record of 2-11, but he has been very dominant in his last two starts. In his last two starts, Hamels has pitched 16.0 innings with 11 strikeouts, 14 hits against, 1 walk, and a total of 3 earned runs! Fans should look forward to a Phillies push for the postseason during the second half.
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