A few minutes into the calm contentedness that followed the Phillies'
walkoff win on Opening Day, another realization set in. Cliff Lee is
pitching game two...
We've lived in that reality since he came
back to us in December, but there's no diminishing the feeling of
knowing that after the Phillies came back for a demoralizing win in game
one of a series, Charlie will march out another Cy Young winner the
I don't care what that New York Times article said,
that's gotta suck for the nine hitters striding to the plate from the
visiting dugout tonight. That's before we even get to game three, when
Houston's former ace, our third starter, will face Bud Norris (JA Happ
won't be able to start after all, spoiling the "two guys traded for each
Now, as we saw yesterday, anything can happen. It'll be a chilly
night, and there's no telling whether the Phillies offense will resemble
yesterday's first six innings or the last three. But damn it feels good
to be amped up to watch both halves of every inning under the lights at
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.