The Blue Jays completed the three game sweep of the struggling Phils today. If there is any good news out of this weekend it’s that the Nats were swept by the Yanks and every other NL east team lost today as well. That keeps the Phillies at a miserable 9 games back of the division lead and 5 games out of the second wild card spot. Kyle Kendrick pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up 5 earned runs on 8 hits.
The Blue Jays jumped on Kendrick early scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the first. The Phils answered back with solo home runs from Thome in the second inning and Mayberry in third. Thome’s homer is the 608th of his career and his 100th as a Philly making him only the fourth play to hit 100 homers with three different teams (Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Chicago) . He joins Darrel Evans (Atlanta, San Francisco and Detroit), Reggie Jackson (California, Oakland and New York) and Alex Rodriguez (Seattle, Texas and New York). The Blue Jays reclaimed the lead in the fourth inning and then added to that lead in the fifth on a Colby Rasmus 2 run bomb.
That’s where the score stood, the final was 5-2 Blue Jays. Kyle Kendred took the loss dropping his record to (2-7). The Phil’s have the day off tomorrow then they come home to meet the Rockies for a three game series Tuesday at 7:05pm.
Phillies at Blue Jays
The Phils and Blue Jays play their series finale today at 1:07pm. The Phillies will try to salvage the series with a win today after losing the past two games to Toronto. In a season full of disappointments yesterday’s loss hurt, which is saying something. Kyle Kendrick (2-6) will take the mound today who is as capable of easing our pain as sandpaper on a sun burn. He is opposed by Brett Cecil who is making his first big league start this season. Cecil was called up after Kyle Drabek was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury. So we will see which one of these Double-A talents will prevail.
Thunder at Heat
Game three of the NBA Finals starts tonight at 8:00 pm in Miami. The Heat did their job in Oklahoma City winning a game and taking away home court advantage. The next three games are in Miami and D-Wade said the Heat needs to do everything they can to avoid returning to OKC. Wade bounced back from a poor performance in game 1 scoring 24 points in game 2. Russell Westbrook has heard a lot of criticism after game 2 despite posting 27 points 8 boards and 7 assists. Magic Johnson called it one of the worst performances he had seen from a point guard in the finals. Westbrook’s aggressive style of play is a double edge sword which is the source of both the praise and criticism he receives. LeBron James and Kevin Durant look to compound on their stellar performances in the first two games. Durant put up 36 points in game 1 and 32 in game 2 while LeBron posted 30 in game 1 and 32 in game 2. OKC needs to get off to a better start then they did in game 2 going down 18-2 in the first quarter. I think OKC gets off to a better start in game 3 keeping it close through 3 quarters and then Durant takes over in the fourth. The dude is a killer and I think he carries the Thunder to a 2-1 series lead.