Kyle Kendrick took to the mound last night against the Miami Marlins, and he couldn’t have scripted a better situation to go fishing for his first win of the season. Having started the season with an 0-4 record, Kendrick had to be happy he was facing a team he had beaten 10 consecutive times in the last year.
Unfortunately for Kendrick, he was also in the midst of a 9-game losing streak which stretches back to August of last season. The Phillies’ bats seemed to be showing signs of live, having amassed a bunch of runs in the past few games, and collecting wins for both Hamels and Lee (before Lee went on the 15 day D.L.). So, Kendrick had to be feeling pretty confident, right? Last night should have been the night he finally broke into the win column. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.
Things started out pretty nicely for Kendrick. The first inning saw the Phils post 2 quick runs on the Marlins behind the hitting of Carlos Ruiz, Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd. It was a nice bit of run support before Kendrick even took the mound.
But Kendrick’s first inning woes continued to haunt him. Kendrick surrendered 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk. But the Phillies would show signs of a comeback, under the direction of Rollins, who went 2-4 on the night at the leadoff spot – giving him the 2nd all-time phillies hit leader, behind Hall of Fame 3rd baseman, Mike Schmidt. Rollins passed Richie Asburn on the leader board with his performance last night.
Since being placed back in the leadoff spot, Rollins has gone 6-18. It’s obvious that Rollins enjoys playing in the leadoff spot. But even with Rollins’ penchant for hitting in the leadoff position, the Phillies went 2-13 with men in scoring position last night. It’s something the Phillies have struggled with all season.
Cody Asche continues to generate hits, going 2-5 with a run scored. Utley has been providing some offence, but hasn’t provided more than one hit per game in the last 5 games. Not since the Phillies faced the Reds on May 15th, has Utley gotten a multi-hit game, but he has generated run support by drawing walks and moving runners into scoring position.
Ryan Howard’s numbers are not typical either. While the clean-up man hasn’t gotten a home run in the past 10 games, he has shown himself to be more of a hitter this season, generating 10 hits in the last 10 games. Nearly a hit a game, though last night he went 1-4, but did get an RBI – his 24th of the season.
Dom Brown has shown some signs of coming to life in his new spot in the lineup. Brown belted a 2-run shot over the center field fence last night. It was his 3rd of the season, and the 2nd in the past 4 games. This might be an indication that Brown’s bat is coming to life.
Last night though, the Phillies’ bats just couldn’t overcome the Marlins, as they smashed and slugged their way to a 14-5 win. Kendrick was the one who ultimately allowed the Marlins to get a sizeable lead, going 5.2 innings, and giving up 6 runs on 7 hits. He stuck out just 3 on the night.
But Kendrick wasn’t the only one to have a bad outing last night. Jeff Manship came on in the 7th, as a reliever, and promptly gave up a grand slam to put the game permanently out of reach for the Phillies. The slam was Marcell Ozuna’s 7th on the season for the Marlins.
What started out as a hopeful bid for Kendrick, turned into a lopsided game that Kendrick and the Phillies would like to forget. They’ll have to quickly, because they play the same Marlins in the final game of this series tonight. The probably starters are Cole Hamels (1-2) and Henderson Alverez (2-3).