One of the Phillies aces took a liner to the glove hand in the fourth inning and did not return for the fifth after finishing out the frame. While it's unfortunate that Hamels had to leave the game and that the Phils subsequently lost to the Red Sox in the final game of the three game set, the good news is that Hamels' X-rays were negative.
"He got hit real hard, and it definitely started swelling," Charlie Manuel said of Hamels hand. "I can only go by what the doctors tell me, but at the same time, we do expect him to make his next start."
Jon Lester pitched well for the Red Sox and bested the Phils bullpen. "He was mixing his fastball up well on both sides of the plate," Manuel said of Lester.
David Herndon, who has been solid over his last 11 appearances, didn't have it this afternoon. Andrew Carpenter was hit around for a couple of runs as well.
Ryan Howard got the Phils on the board with a two-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth, but the Phillies failed to get the tying run to the plate and Jonathon Papelbon shut the door after Bobby Jenks failed to do so.
The Red Sox won 5-2 on Thursday, but the Phils took a series over Boston for the first time under Charlie Manuel's regime. Just keep winning series.
Don't forget: the Phils play three straight day games in Toronto tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday.
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.