Brown mashed a Hefner pitch into the second deck in the first. Photo: AP
Tonight’s game had all the makings of a disaster: Kyle Kendrick on the hill, up 5-1 in the second, with bases loaded immediately following a John Buck HR. It felt like what is now a too familiar story to the 2013 Phillies: a big early lead surrendered almost as quick. But then something remarkable happened – Kendrick gathered himself and struck out Jeremy Hefner and Jordany Valdespin to retire the Mets and end the threat.
Kendrick would pitch well, overcoming a 27-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fourth to pitch the tops of the fifth and sixth, ending with six Ks in six innings, giving up two earned via two solo home runs in what would be good enough for a 7-3 Phillies win.
Despite the wind and rain, balls were flying out of Citizen’s Bank Park tonight. Chase Utley got the party started early with a two-run line drive homer to center in the first inning. Not to be outdone, Domonic Brown took a...