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The Phillies starting pitching has been performing substanially better lately. The Cardinals have one of the better lineups in the National League. Kyle Kendrick took to the mound tonight and aimed to get on the right track. Kendrick certainly did just that. Kendrick pitched seven shutout innings and allowed six hits over that time frame. It truly was great to see Kendrick pitch so well against a good hitting lineup. The Phillies’ pitching have managed to handle slugger Albert Pujols during this series. Pujols has only managed a few hits through the first three games of this series. Another encouraging sign was the emergence of Jose Contreras. The bullpen certainly hasn’t been a bright spot for the Phillies so far this season. Contreras got the 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the game.
The Phillies offense didn’t need to do much due to Kendrick’s good pitching performance. Placido Polanco hit a two-run home run and Shane Victorino added a solo home run. The Phillies bench even made an appearance. Greg Dobbs hit an RBI double to put the final score at 4-0. It was a great night for the Phillies overall. Except for the fact that Juan Castro suffered a strained left hamstring. There is no word on how long Castro could be out for. This is not good news because Jimmy Rollins is still a few more weeks away. Castro has filled in very well for the injured Rollins. He definitely was an offseason upgrade over Eric Bruntlett.