Ryan Howard Likes St. Louis, We Like That He Likes It

Ryan Howard Likes St. Louis, We Like That He Likes It

We all know Ryan Howard plays well in St. Louis. Wanna take a look at just how well?

The Big Piece in 26 games at Busch Stadium:

123 PA, 95 AB, 35 H, 9 HR, 35 RBI, .368 BA, .512 OBP, 1.078 OPS

And once more for emphasis, a .512 OBP and 1.078 OPS.

His 35 RBI are the most for any visiting player in the history of the new Busch Stadium, while his 9 home runs are tied for the lead with Houston's Carlos Lee, albeit that Lee has played 14 more games in the park than Howard.

Tempering our unbridled giddiness is Ryan's small, but noteworthy sample-size against Game 3 starter Jaime Garcia. Off Garcia, Howard is just 2 for 12, and while one of those hits was a homer, 6 of his 10 outs have come by way of the of the third strike.

If that last part happens to bother you in some way, we refer you to the picture above. Feel better?

3 Hours and 30 minutes until Game 3. Lineups to come.

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

BOX SCORE

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.