Rubber Match Game Chat: Eaton vs. Maine

Rubber Match Game Chat: Eaton vs. Maine

Tonight's meeting with New York at Shea is just another early April game, right? Maybe. It could set the tone for the rest of this season's rivalry with the hated Mets. A win tonight would be huge for the Phils psyche while a loss would certainly be a little tougher to deal with.

The Phillies need to get their fielding in order. Before the season many considered their infield to be among the best in the league.  Coming into to this evening's game, however, the Phillies lead the league in errors. That's not how you win baseball games. If Chase Utley wants to be the third straight Phillie to bring home some MVP hardware, he's going to have to improve his leather a bit from the first few weeks.

Last year John Maine  was clearly a better pitcher than Adam Eaton but Eaton's numbers are better early in this 2008 campaign (0-1, 9.00 ERA and 0-0, 3.52 ERA, respectively). With Chad Durbin doing well in long-relief last night, he's likely unavailable to mop up any blood that might be spilled on Eaton's account, and Ryan Madson has been sidelined for five games with shoulder soreness, so the Phils may need to rely on scoring in bunches to keep up.

As mentioned, we're going to watch a college hockey game first, but the tube will certainly be flipped over to the Phils afterwards.

Feel free to talk about your hatred for the Mets -- like that annoying mouthpiece Mike Pelfrey wore last night -- in the comments.

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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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 makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

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.