Phillies jump out to early lead, Catch Marlins' lineup napping
Last night Josh Johnson shut down the dangerous Phillies lineup, and the Marlins were putting Anibal Sanchez out on the mound to try and duplicate Johnson's success from the night before.
The Phillies would not stand for it.
They jumped out to an early 1-0 lead courtesy of an RBI double from Chase Utley, driving in Shane Victorino from first in the bottom of the first inning.
The Phils scored two more in the second, courtesy of an RBI double by Eric Bruntlett and an RBI ground-out from Kyle Kendrick to widen the gap to 3-0.
Ryan Howard tacked on a fourth run by depositing an Anibal Sanchez offering into the left-center field seats to make it 4-0 in the third.
The Phils got their fifth and final run in the sixth, courtesy of a pinch-hit RBI single by Mike Cervenak, his first Major League hit and RBI.
That would be all the Phillies needed, as Kyle Kendrick gave six solid innings, scattering four hits and five walks while striking out four.
His counterpart Anibal Sanchez seemed to struggle, lasting only five innings, surrendering five hits, four runs, walking three and striking out two.
After Kendrick's departure, both teams' pitching staffs took over, with Mark Hendrickson, Chad Durbin, and Ryan Madson combining to allow four base runners over the course of 5.2 IP.
The Phillies also got some great defense behind Kendrick, with Jimmy Rollins and Eric Bruntlett leading the way, both making several plays, and making some impressive plays respectively.
The Phillies took the second game of the three game set with the Marlins by a score of 5-0.
The Phils look to take the series tomorrow afternoon, and send Cole Hamels to the mound to face off against Marlins' starter Chris Volstad and the Marlins lineup.
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