The Phillies struggled to score runs in Florida, but they’re not in Florida anymore. In game one of a three-game set in St Louis last night, Utley, Howard and Burrell homered back-to-back-to-back in the first inning and the rout was on. With the help of a nine-run fourth inning the Phils scored 20 runs for the second time in their last 17 games.
Playing in his home town, Ryan Howard led the way with a pair of home runs and five RBI. Carlos Ruiz, struggling through a miserable season, helped carry the load with his best offensive night of the season. Ruiz was 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles and four RBI.
If the offensive explosion is something new after a brief hiatus, it was more of the same for the starting pitching. Kyle Kendrick gave the Phils another strong start. Over their last ten games, the Phillies’ starting pitcher has allowed more than three runs just once. Over the last three games, Phillies’ starters have allowed three earned runs in 23 innings (1.17 ERA).
The Phillies beat the St Louis Cardinals last night, winning 20-2 to improve to 41-28 on the season.
Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk. Only one of the runs was earned. Two of the hits went for extra-bases, a double and a home run. He struck out one.
He started the first up 3-0. Adam Kennedy singled with one out, but Ryan Ludwick grounded into to a double-play to end the inning.
With the Phils up 4-0 in the second, Troy Glaus and Chris Duncan singled back-to-back. It put men on first and second for Yadier Molina. Molina flew to left for the second out and pitcher Todd Wellemeyer grounded to third to leave the runners stranded.
With one out in the third, Skip Schumaker hit an 0-1 pitch out to right. It cut the Phillies’ lead to 4-1. Kendrick got the next two.
The Phillies led 13-1 when Kendrick started the fourth. Rick Ankiel led off with a double to center, but Kendrick got the next three to leave him stranded at second.
Schumaker singled with two outs in the fifth, but Kendrick got Kennedy on a fly ball to right for the third out.
Kendrick started the sixth up 17-1. Ryan Ludwick led off with a ground ball to third that Feliz didn’t handle for an error. Ankiel walked and Ludwick went to second. Glaus chopped a ball in-between short and third for a single and Ludwick scored to make it 17-2. Duncan flew to center for the first out before Molina reached on a single off the glove of Feliz to load the bases. Kendrick got out of it by getting Brendan Ryan to pop to Howard in foul territory and getting pitcher Mark Worrell to fly to right.
Kendrick threw a 1-2-3 seventh.
Seanez started the eighth with a 20-2 lead. Joe Mather singled with one out, but Seanez struck Duncan out behind him. Jason LaRue drew a walk to put men on first and second. After Howard had been hit in the top of the inning, Seanez threw a pitch behind Ryan and St Louis third base coach Jose Oquendo was ejected arguing when Seanez was not ejected. Ryan popped to short for the third out.
Condrey started the ninth. Aaron Miles reached on an error by Bruntlett at second and Schumaker moved him to second with a single. Kennedy grounded to second and Miles moved to third, but Condrey struck out Ludwick and got Ankiel on a fly ball to left to end the game.
Two scoreless innings from the bullpen in which they allow a walk and two hits. Seanez threw 19 pitches, Condrey 15.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Todd Wellemeyer went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Feliz (8) Ruiz. Jenkins in right against the righty. Ruiz catches Kendrick.
Rollins and Victorino went down to start the first before Utley hit a 2-2 pitch just out to right to put the Phils up 1-0. Howard was next and he hit a 1-0 pitch just out down the left field line and just inside the foul pole. 2-0. Burrell hit a 3-1 pitch just out to left. 3-0. Jenkins popped to second for the third out.
Feliz led off the second with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ruiz banged a double into left and Feliz scored to put the Phillies up 4-0. Kendrick tried to bunt but struck out for the first out. Rollins walked to put men on first and second, but Victorino grounded out and Utley flew to right for the third out.
Burrell walked with one out in the third, but Jenkins and Feliz went down behind him.
The fourth took a while. With one out Kendrick hit a ground rule double into the left field corner. Rollins walked and Victorino followed with a single to load the bases. Utley blooped a single into center and Kendrick and Rollins both scored, putting the Phillies up 6-1. With men on first and second Howard singled back up the middle. Victorino scored to make it 7-1 and Utley went to second. Burrell walked to load the bases again. Jenkins hit a fly ball to left center deep enough to score Utley and make it 8-1. Feliz walked to load the bases. Ruiz drove a ball into right for a ground-rule double. Howard and Burrell scored and it was 10-1. Kendrick singled up the middle and Feliz scored to make it 11-1. Ankiel in center charged and threw it really hard in between third and home. An odd choice, and when the pitcher Ron Villone backing up the plate didn’t handle it Ruiz came in to score too. 12-1. Kendrick went to second on Ankiel’s error. Rollins walked to put men on first and second and Victorino hit one high off the wall in left for a double. Kendrick scored (13-1) and Rollins went to third. Utley walked to load the bases yet again, but Howard struck out for the third out.
Nine runs in the inning for the Phils without a home run. They send 15 men to the plate, drawing five walks and hitting three doubles and four singles. After Jenkins flew to left for the second out, six straight hitters reached base in a row.
Burrell started the fifth with a walk. Jenkins popped out for the first out before Feliz doubled in Burrell to make it 14-1. Ruiz grounded out and Kendrick struck out to leave Feliz stranded.
Victorino singled with one out in the sixth and Bruntlett hit for Utley. Bruntlett singled and Victorino went to second. Howard hit a 1-1 pitch out to right. 17-1. Taguchi hit for Burrell and popped out. Jenkins popped to second.
Ruiz singled to center with one out in the seventh, but Kendrick and Rollins both struck out to leave him stranded.
With two outs in the eighth, Russ Springer hit Ryan Howard in the leg with a pitch and was ejected. La Russa argued and was also ejected. Taguchi moved Howard to second with a single before Jenkins blasted a ball to left-center for a double that scored both runners and put the Phils up 19-2. An infield single by Feliz moved Jenkins to third. Ruiz singled into center and Jenkins scored to make it 20-2. Dobbs hit for Kendrick and flew to center for the third out.
Second baseman Aaron Miles set Rollins, Victorino and Bruntlett down in order in the ninth. The only 1-2-3 frame of the game for the Cards.
Rollins was 0-for-4 with three walks. He’s 10-for-his-last-51.
Victorino was 3-for-7 with a double.
Utley was 2-for-3 with a walk and his 22nd home run of the year. Three RBI give him 61.
Howard 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI.
Burrell 1-for-1 with a home run and three walks. 5-for-his-last-12 with a double and two home runs.
Jenkins was 1-for-5 with a double and three RBI.
Feliz was 3-for-5 with a double, a walk and an RBI.
Ruiz 4-for-6 with two doubles and four RBI in his best day with the bat this year. Seven and eight in the order combined to 7-for-11 with three doubles and five RBI.
Adam Eaton (2-3, 4.62) faces righty Kyle Lohse (7-2, 3.92) this afternoon. The Cards have won the last five games that the former Phil Lohse has started. Lohse has thrown to a 2.17 ERA in those games, but he’s only gotten an out in the seventh once in his last ten starts. Lohse has allowed just one home run to a right-handed batter this season (Carlos Lee). Eaton is 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his last three starts. Over his last six starts he’s walked just six batters.