The Phillies' late season winning ways continued on Monday, as the team won their 5th straight game, 3-1 over the Marlins. Kyle Kendrick won his 9th game of the year, and his 7th in the second half, with 7 great innings in which he allowed just 1 run on 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out a career high 8 hitters. Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman combined for a scoreless 8th and Antonio Bastardo closed it out, to record his first save of the year. Domonic Brown's 2-run home run in the 5th inning was all the offense the pitchers would need as the Philadelphia has put themselves back in the wild card hunt. With the Cardinals losing in San Diego last night, the Phillies are just 5 games out of a playoff spot with 21 games remaining to play.
In Cincinnati, the Reds scored a run in the bottom of the 14th inning to take a 4-3 win over the Pirates. Alfredo Simon (3-2, 2.43) picked up his 3rd win of the year, throwing a scoreless frame and benefiting from being in the right place at the right time.
The 2 wins run the season total to 61 major league wins for HomeSiders this year!
In Houston, the Cubs won their 4th straight game with a 4-1 win over the Astros. Adrian Cardenas made a pinch hitting appearance for Chicago and walked............In Milwaukee, Michael Bourn's struggles continue with an 0 for 4, dropping his average to .281, the lowest it has been since I can remember. The Brewers beat the Braves, 4-1, and are tied with the Phillies, 5 games out of a playoff spot............In St Paul, Lou Marson (.228) was 0 for 2, with a walk for the Indians in their 7-2 loss to the Twins.
The Colorado Rockies have recalled Josh Outman from AA-Tulsa.
In Modesto, the Nuts pounded Bakersfield, 12-1 to stay alive in their playoff series. Travis Mattair had 2 hit, including his 2nd home run of the series, and is hitting .462 for the Blaze in the series........In Lancaster, Domingo Santana was 0 for 3, with a walk and a run scored for the JetHawks, as Lancaster beat High Desert, 10-5, and took a 2-1 lead in their best of 5 series. Both Bakersfield and Lancaster can clinch their series tonight!