I've been neglecting the Phillies a little bit. With the T.O. drama keeping us entertained on the Eagles' front and the long days of summer baseball dragging on, like many others, my interest in the Phillies has waned at times. I've still been following them of course, just not with the same fervor. I haven't been able to watch as many of the recent games, so my own opinion as of late has been more of a hodgepodge of what I read on the blogs, read in the paper, or what I see on the highlight real.
I watched a good deal of Thursday's second game, and it was a good example of my Phillies experience. They jumped out to a nice lead in front of a decent effort by Cory Lidle. Chase Utley excited us with a bomb to deep right center and Cormier held a lead for us. Uggie came in to pitch the 8th and we've seem to come to expect him to dominate lately, like he did in the early game as part of the newly crowned pen triumvirate. But, the Phillies let this one get away. They are sneaking under the radar, still in the lead for the Wild Card spot in the NL by a half game over the Nats and Astros. I haven't given up hope of a playoff birth, but I'm also not expecting anything out of them. I am a Phillies fan.
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.