The Phillies beat the 1st place Nationals Friday night by a score of 4-2. It was a very satisfying win considering that these teams have essentially switched places this year, with the Phillies going from 1st to worst for most of the season.
It was probably also very satisfying for Kyle Kendrick who pitched very well for his 3rd start in a row. Kendrick has received a lot of well deserved criticism for his mostly inconsistent play. But he does seem to have finally turned things around and fixed whatever issues he was having. Sadly though, his 21-inning scoreless streak was snapped last night when he gave up a 2-run bomb in the 7th.
Kendrick still pitched a very good game, allowing only 4 hits and 2 walks in 6 2/3 innings. And the offense helped him out with a couple runs sprinkled here and there. They did, however, leave a number men on base again, which seems to be a recurring theme.
But the 4 runs and seven pitchers (yes, 7) were enough to get the win. Manager Charlie Manuel playe...