Yesterday, I wrote a blog post detailing how excellent the Phillies were in their four-game sweep of the San Diego Padres this past weekend. Then, they come out to Arizona and drop the ball in a 4-0 loss to the Diamondbacks. What happened?â†µ
Two words: Ian Kennedy. The young ace pitched an amazing game against a playoff-caliber team, giving up only three hits and fanning ten Phillies batters in front of a crowd of 19,586.â†µ
Kennedy was quick and worked the counts against Philadelphia. His only mistake of the evening, a balk, didn't come back to haunt him.â†µ
Cliff Lee pitched well for Philadelphia, no doubt: he threw seven innings and struck out 12 D-backs. Unfortunately for him, he made a few location mistakes against Chris Young and Gerardo Parra, who hit some massive home runs off the lefthander.â†µ
After Arizona was swept out of New York by the Mets and Philadelphia showed off in San Diego, this series was looking to be a bad one for the Diamondbacks. However, this team has proven time and time again that they will defend the home field advantage.â†µ
Tonight, Roy Oswalt toes the rubber against Daniel Hudson, who is 0-4 on the young season. The lack of run support for Hudson has been an issue in 2011, and the D-backs will need to jump on Oswalt early on to have a chance in tonight's game.