Phillies Bullpen Can’t Hold Lead for Kendrick

Posted by Nick "Beerman" Staskin, Tue, April 20, 2010 10:35 PM | Comments: 111
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one last year.

The Phillies took a 3-0 lead into the eighth inning, but a win was not in store as the bullpen wasted a great performance from the starting pitching and sent the Phillies to a heart-breaking 4-3 loss.

Kyle Kendrick pitched like somebody who had read that their job was in question. After a couple of terrible starts to start the season, Kendrick pitched 8 innings of shutout baseball that included a mere four hits and two walks to go along with a pair of strikeouts, but his night would not finish with a W.

However, Ryan Madson gave people one more thing to talk about. After recording two outs in the ninth, Madson gave up back-to-back home runs to Troy Glaus and rookie slugger, Jason Heyward that tied the game and sent it into extra innings.

With the first batter in the bottom of the 10th inning, Jose Contreras delivered a pitch on a 2-2 count that Nate McLouth dropped right into the right field seats, giving the Braves a 4-3 win, and sending the Phillies to their third straight loss.

The bullpen took the attention off of Kendrick’s great start, allowing three of the final five batters to leave the yard.

The sinker was working in Kendrick’s favor as he was able to put together 14 groundballs. None were bigger than an inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of Troy Glaus that ended the Braves lone threat in the game. With the bases loaded in the fourth, Kendrick got Glaus to send one over to Placido Polanco who quickly turned the 5-4-3 and kept the Braves off the scoreboard for the time being.

On the offensive side of the game, the Phillies bats didn’t do much, but it seemed as if they had down enough after eight innings. Chase Utley put together a 2-5 evening with a pair of RBIs and a run scored. Utley’s run came off an infield single that Ryan Howard managed to push through the infield shift as the ball went off of the glove of Troy Glaus. Polanco also managed to put together another two-hit effort as he saw his batting average rise over .400 again. The only Phillie who didn’t get a hit was Carlos Ruiz, who went 0-4.

Hopefully Roy Halladay can stop the bleeding tomorrow night as all of a sudden the Phillies have dropped three straight and four of their last five games.

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  • Posts: 0 Chase

    I submitted that without finishing…My question is, “What options do the Phillies have?” At this point madson cannot hold a game close or protect a lead. Contreras is no the answer, Herdon is not the answer. Baez got rocked by the Nats. What to do?

  • Posts: 0 The Original Chuck P

    I tend to disregard all posts written between 11 PM and 5 AM… that’s usually when the trolls come out. Also, some of the regulars aren’t thinking clearly after losses between those hours. Sleep it off, take a shower and put it all into perspective. If you’re still feeling heartbroken, the Doctor will be in later tonight…

    Heading into these last few losses, we weren’t sure about Hamels and we didn’t know whether Kendrick could be a fifth starter. I think that we can feel a little better about both of those question marks. The bullpen will work itself out… as long as we can keep those guys fresh, we’ll be able to get by with what we’ve got and let Lidge take his time. By the way… I think Lidge is going to have a bounce back year.

  • Posts: 0 Chase

    Lidge dominates on the Threshers!

  • Posts: 0 Manny

    With Lidge and Romero back, the bullpen should stabilize and get the job done.

    Funny how one game completely changes things. 24 hours ago, our bullpen was somewhat reliable, our starting pitching was horrid… Today: our bullpen is in shambles, our starting pitching looks pretty solid.

    And the truth is somewhere in between…

  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    Original Chuck P…

    I know you weren’t calling me out specifically,but look at my posts last night in the time frame you mentioned….13 of them between 11:16PM and 12:09 AM. I’m one of the regulars and I’m pretty sure I was
    “thinking clearly”. So were some of the others….Brian Sr. and George come to mind.

    HOWEVER…..some of the others posts, trolls, whoever….TRULY EMBARRASSING. You all really need to get some help. Acting like babies with your whining and complaining and even over-the-edge anger. …… all over a baseball game. One baseball game in a long, long season full of lots of ups and downs.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff of Nova

    I personally would love to see them look internally and at this point give someone else a try the Madson experiment is not happening, Give Mathieson a shot, he is still pitching darts down in the minors, at least till Lidge is ready.

  • Posts: 0 Chase

    Are there any baseball fans more scared of the 9th inning then Phils fans?

  • Posts: 0 Philly Texan

    Chuck P,
    I agree: things always looks better in the light of day.

    I will say this about Madson, he didn’t make a bad pitch to Heyward. He started him off with a fastball, then comes back with the changeup. That was a good call since Heyward’s never seen Madson’s changeup and it’s a good one.

    And it was on the outer part of the plate. You just don’t expect a hitter to pull that pitch out of the park. But damn if he didn’t do it. He must have been looking changeup, but it’s still impressive that he could pull that pitch and hit it as well as he did. Heyward is really a beast.

    On a side note, to whoever was commenting as Repeat! last night — I wasn’t calling YOU out as a frontrunner. I was calling out the trolls who were trashing the entire team after one loss. Repeat!, I apologize if you thought I was questioning your fan-dom. I wasn’t. I was trying to agree with you, but clearly that didn’t come out right…..

  • Posts: 0 Lefty

    I know this will sound crazy since he let up the walk off, but IMO Contreras was the guy Charlie should have gone to in the 9th and should again in the future. He was warming and I thought he was coming in. The pitch to McClouth in the tenth was really his first mistake of this year. Just my opinion.

  • Posts: 0 Chase

    You gotta pay the troll toll to get inside this boys hole.

  • Posts: 0 Ben

    i’m glad no one here is in the front office.

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