Ryan Madson pitched two scoreless innings, Rudy Seanez pitched one and J.C. Romero pitched a scoreless ninth -- Tom Gordon and Chad Durbin weren't available -- as the bullplen pitched well in the 8-4 victory.
Kyle Kendrick allowed eight hits, four runs and one walk in five-plus innings. He struck out one. He played with fire much of the night, so I'm sure concerns about him remain.
Chase Utley just hit another homer, a solo shot to right in the fifth to make it 7-4.
It was his 100th career homer. The Phillies probably could use a few more from Utley because Kyle Kendrick looks shaky through four innings.
Of the new ballparks I've visited, Great American Ball Park easily is the most ordinary of the bunch. It's not terrible. I mean, it's not Shea Stadium. That's terrible. But there's nothing special about it. Smokestacks? OK, I guess. But you don't walk into the place and say, "Wow, this is pretty cool." You say that when you walk into PNC Park for the first time. Or AT&T Park. Or Petco Park. Or Citizens Bank Park.
You walk into Great American Ball Park and you're like, "Huh, this is it?"
Kyle Kendrick allowed two more runs in the third inning to cut the Phillies lead to 5-3.
I get the feeling this isn't going to be the last of the scoring.
The Phillies have a 5-1 lead in the top of the third inning. Ryan Howard's sacrifice fly scored Jimmy Rollins in the first to make it 1-0 and Pat Burrell's two-run homer to left in the same inning made it 3-0. Burrell absolutely crushed the ball. It landed in the first row of seats in the second deck and practically knocked over the fan who tried to catch it.
Chase Utley hit a two-run homer to right field in the third. He hit the ball so well that Ken Griffey Jr. barely bothered to turn around. He knew it was gone as soon as it left the bat.
Kyle Kendrick looked every shaky in the first inning - he worked out of a bases loaded jam - but pitched a perfect second. Let's see how this develops.