On Wednesday, I was able to get to a Philadelphia Phillies Businessperson’s Special. This was the second year in a row that someone at work was kind enough to put together a group to go to a Phillies game. And it was the second year in a row that I was looking forward to seeing the amazing Phillies pitching staff and ended up seeing the least impressive member of the rotation, Kyle Kendrick, who was filling in for Cole Hamels, who is on the Disabled List. Although I shouldn’t be hard on Kendrick since he is putting up good numbers, coming into the game with a 7-5 record and a 3.24 ERA in a season where keeps bouncing between the rotation and bullpen.
Unfortunately for the Phillies, a first inning error by SS Michael Martinez, who was filling in for the injured Jimmy Rollins, led to 4 unearned runs and a Phillies, 7-4 loss. The pitchers were struggling the entire game as Kendrick lasted just 4 innings throwing 81 pitches, and Mets Starting Pitcher Mike Pelfrey somehow made it 6 innings throwing 125 pitches, but only allowing 3 runs.
The player of the game was Mets 1B Nick Evans who went 3-4 with an RBI double and a 3-run home run. Even though my Phillies lost, it was still an entertaining game.
I’m still planning on going on a trip next Saturday for what is likely my last new stadium of the season. My most likely option is going to Portland, ME which would complete the Eastern League for me. But as always, the main thing is having nice weather, so that will probably be the driving factor as to where I go.