Houston, We Have a Victory
- Updated: August 6, 2014
After a dreadful end to their series with the Nationals, the Phillies returned home Tuesday for an inter-league series with the Houston Astros.
Kyle Kendrick got the call for the Phillies against a Houston club that brought former Phils farmhand Jon Singleton along with it.
Singleton was a highly touted first baseman that Ruben Amaro, Jr. sent to Houston in the Hunter Pence trade. He has 10 home runs and 36 runs batted in since his call up earlier this year. Though his progress would have been blocked by Ryan Howard, a la Darin Ruf, Singleton’s youth and power would be a welcome addition to a now lacking Phillies offense.
As for the game, Kyle Kendrick pitched gem, allowing just one run in seven innings. He allowed only five hits and struck out three.
The Phillies got on the board first when Howard hit one out to left field for a solo home run. The Astros would tie the game against Kendrick in the seventh inning.
Kenny Giles struck out two in the bottom of the eighth, lowering his 2014 earned run average to 1.71 in the process. He now has 31 strikeouts on the year, with just six walks. Jonathan Papelbon held the tie in the ninth inning with two strikeouts of his own.
The Phils failed to score in the bottom half of the ninth inning, so the fans were treated to some free baseball.
The game would go into the 15th inning, when Grady Sizemore led off with a single. Three batters later, Chase Utley was intentionally walked to bring Howard back to the dish. The Big Piece came through with a game winning single to plate Sizemore and send the fans home happy.
The bullpen turned in 8 scoreless innings both in relief of Kendrick & including extra innings.
Giles, Pap, Jake Diekman, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus, Mario Hollands & recent call-up Hector Neris allowed no runs and combined for 14 strikeouts. Bastardo had six strikeouts in the two innings he worked.
The Phillies take on the Astros again tonight, sending David Buchanan to mound against Brad Peacock for Houston. First pitch 7:05.
Stats Courtesy of TheScore.com
Photo Courtesy of Philly.com