Thursday, May 6, 2010

Phils go for series victory over Cards today, Roberts passes away

The Phillies are in great position to take the four-game series from the St. Louis Cardinals this afternoon with Roy Halladay on the mound. Philly and St. Louis are the perennial favorites to win the NL East and NL Central respectively.

It'd be an impressive showing to win three straight over the Cards after dropping the opener. Joe Blanton pitched well in the opener; his first start of the season. He held St. Louis to one-run through most of his 6+ innings, but finished with four allowed in a 6-3 loss. Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick turned in great outings the following nights.

Hamels blew a 1-0 lead in the ninth on Tuesday and it took a walk-off homer from Chooch to win the game. Kendrick's seven shutout innings propelled the Phils to a 4-0 last night while Halladay looks to continue the strong starting pitching against former Phillie Kyle Lohse.

On a sad note, the Phillies family lost one of its greats overnight. Robin Roberts, the best right-handed pitcher in Phillies' history, passed away in his Florida home overnight. Roberts was 83.

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