- Kyle Kendrick was in top form tonight, cruising through seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits.
- Kendrick allowed his lone run during the sixth inning. The righty gave up a triple to Bryce Harper with one out, and then allowed Ryan Zimmerman to knock him in with a sacrifice fly.
- Ben Revere gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning with an RBI single that scored Carlos Ruiz with two outs. Revere had another multi-hit game as well.
- Darin Ruf went 1-3 with a double to lead off the seventh inning.
- Two batters later, Kevin Frandsen gave the team the go-ahead score with a pinch-hit RBI single.
- Domonic Brown picked up two hits, including his 15th double of the year.
- Michael Young also doubled and got an insurance run home in the eighth inning.
- Antonio Bastardo pitched a clean eighth inning.
- Jonathan Papelbon picked up the save in the ninth.
- The Phillies committed four errors in the field tonight, three of them charged to Chase Utley alone.
The Phillies accomplished what they set out to do, taking three of four possible games from the Nationals. They’re now an impressive 5-2 on their 10-game homestand.
Kyle Kendrick really came through for the team tonight, pitching a great seven innings. The Phillies needed him at his best tonight, and the righty didn’t disappoint.
We’ve also got to give a serious nod to Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen has been such a solid, consistent player for this team ever since he was called up from Triple-A a year ago. All he does is hit. And hit in big moments. He’s won a handful of games for the team with his clutch hitting, and he’s become Charlie Manuel’s go-to guy in late innings. For the year, Frandsen is batting .295 with three homers and 16 RBI’s off of the bench.
Also, how about the impact that Darin Ruf has made since being inserted in the starting lineup? Ruf has a hit in every appearance so far this year, and has injected some life into the bottom of the order. His lead-off double in the seventh was the initial spark that helped give the team the lead late in the game.