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Kendrick Struggles Against Reds in 7-3 Loss

Posted by Amanda Orr, Mon, June 28, 2010 11:14 PM | Comments: 70
2010 Game Recaps, Posts

Ryan Howard put good wood on a baseball and sent it to the deepest angle of Great American ballpark.  Off the bat, it looked long gone, but it ricocheted off the top of the center field wall.  That summed up the day for the Phillies:  nothing seemed to go their way.

Kyle Kendrick retired the first ten batters he faced, but fell apart quickly after.  In the fourth inning, Scott Rolen smacked a two-run shot to left.  Since leaving the Phillies, Rolen has given his former club all sorts of fits (.350 AVG career vs. Phillies) and troubles.  But that is typical for most ex-Phillies; it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

The Reds kept chipping away and tacked Kendrick for six runs (five earned) in 6.1 innings.

Meanwhile, Johnny Cueto cruised along, surrendering just one run in eight innings of work.  He got plenty of help from his defense, as the Reds backed him with numerous spectacular plays and web gems, showing why they lead the majors in fielding percentage.

The Phillies finally added a couple runs with two outs in the ninth inning.  Raul Ibanez sent Bill Bray’s breaking ball into the right field bleachers for a meaningless home run.  It can’t hurt his statistics.

There is a little concern regarding Chase Utley, who was mysteriously removed for a pinch hitter in the ninth inning.  It was later revealed that Utley had his thumb wrapped, and will have an MRI tomorrow.  Utley, who made a fielding error, injured his thumb by sliding head first into second base.

“Hopefully [Utley] isn’t seriously-seriously hurt. But for him to leave the game, that in itself says something. That’s the last guy is going to take himself out of the game,” Shane Victorino said (via Ryan Lawrence).

There is no word on the severity of the injury, but if Utley were to miss time, that would be a huge blow for an already snake-bitten clubhouse.  Placido Polanco would normally be the replacement, however he remains out of the lineup due to elbow problems.  Losing any player of Utley’s caliber is tough, so hopefully he does not miss a significant amount of time.

The Phillies’ 7-3 loss showed that the Reds are legitimate contenders.  They currently sit in first place in the National League Central, when in previous seasons they were towards the cellar.  The Reds finally have a healthy mix of young, talented players and proven veterans.  If the Phillies are going to contend, they have to beat teams like the Reds, who also have a chance to make the postseason.

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  • Posts: 0 George

    If Utley is the ball hog and backing into the outfield too much, as Phan seems to think, why are his errors on infield grounders and throws? He hasn’t made any that I know of when crashing into Jason Werth, and Werth hasn’t made any crashing into Utley. Same goes for Victorino.

    Personally, I think that today the weight loss ads are some of the most intelligent comments being posted.

     
  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    Some of you guys are real losers. They just took 2 out of three from a real good Blue Jays team, and had one of the best June’s in a while, and you’re complaining about one loss to Johnny Cueto? Really?

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    next thing you know, people are gonna be mad that he is rumored to have ditched that smoking-hot white chick teacher/cheerleader

    http://thebiglead.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ryan-howard-girlfriend-cheerleader.PNG

    … and started dating Selita Ebanks
    http://larrybrownsports.com/gossip/ryan-howard-girlfriend-selita-ebanks-victorias-secret-model-ex-girlfriend-krystle-campbell-pictures-photos/20346

    So regardless of his HR total.. Ryan Howard is definitely having an outstanding year

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    George: I said he was over-compensating for the infield errors by backing into CF & RF. Werth doesn’t crash into Utley. Werth is in RF. You can see them calling the balls. Utley waves them off, George. It’s not right. And it’s JaYson, not Jason. Just saying.

    I wasn’t the one complaining about Ryan Howard. I never have. Please read and understand before you attack.

    I was attempting to explain why – perhaps – others might. People have always and will always use the paycheck as an excuse to dissect a players performance. That’s gone on before this site and it will go on after this site. I didn’t make up that theory. And as I said, I don’t have much sympathy for him. He’s crying all the way to the bank, as they say. I don’t really care. And he still has fine numbers (whether or not Werth hit). In point of fact, both he and Werth have fine season numbers so far. None of the griping, whining or whatever you all want to call all of the prior posts seems to bother Ryan Howard, nor should it. Who cares.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ed R.

    Utley and Polly going on the DL later today.

    Now I know how the Met’s felt.

    I can’t wait to see our infield of Howard, Rollins, Valdez and Castro…

    Now would be a great time to call Garret Atkins and see if he has anything left in the tank.

     
  • Posts: 0 Mark

    “.260, 20 HRs, 80 RBI … all of those are conservative predictions,”

    So he’s going to double his homer production in the second half?

    I would say that is a very LIBERAL prediction.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pink

    “I like Ben’s bat,” said Manuel. “You’re always looking for somebody to produce and you never know. The more you hit, the more playing time you’re going to get and you can beat people out. [Ryan] Howard, [Shane] Victorino, they proved you can beat people out.”

    So, Ben Fran to start taking some of Raul’s playing time?

     
  • Posts: 0 Chuck

    I have been saying this….but…now’s the time to give Cody Ransom a shot.

    Maybe he’s not the second coming of Ryne Sandberg or Mike Schmidt….but didn’t he MORE than adequately fill-in for A-Rod last year??

     
  • Posts: 0 The Second John

    Big blow for the Phills. I wonder if they’re gonna make a trade like they did for Tadahito Iguchi.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    at PHAN..

    that’s why i started that out with the IM CONFUSED.. and then asked a question about it..

    I’m 99% sure that Ryan Howard knows he’s having a great season, and everyone around baseball knows he’s havinga great season … so a few people on blogs or sports-radio upset that he only has 15 HRs instead of 18 right now … wouldn’t bother him

    My point is that, I really can’t believe that there are actual, knowledgeable Phillies fans that aren’t VERY IMPRESSED and VERY HAPPY with Howard’s season thus far

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    MARK,

    you really don’t think that Ibanez is showing signs of being healthier and getting his swing back?

    with 88 games to play, I would be shocked if Ibanez doesn’t reach 20 HR and 80 RBI on the year

    especially now that it looks like the Phillies will go back to

    Rollins, Victorino, Werth, Howard, Ibanez, as the top 5 in the order

     
  • Posts: 0 Mark

     
  • Posts: 0 Phan in the outfield

    Thanks Don M. Sorry I didn’t mean to lump you in with others. I’m not an inflammatory type and don’t write things just to wind people up. I wouldn’t start now.

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    Because,…. Francisco or Brown is ready to step in, hit over .250, and drive in runs like those of the League Leaders??

     
  • Posts: 0 Don M

    I think i just get too pi$$ed off about this site anymore …

    EVERY SINGLE TIME the Phillies lose.. the next day is like the end of the world, and the bandwagon gets so much lighter from everyone jumping off

    I’ve recently read negative things about … Ryan Howard, Raul Ibanez, Jayson Werth, Jamie Moyer, Cole Hamels, Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorino … as though these guys aren’t proven winners!?

    Are some of them on the decline? Yes of course.. but I’d rather have a proven guy on the decline, somebody that’s already accomplished somethng at this level, then to start releasing players and saying prayers that Domonic Brown at age 21, or whatever will step-in and be ready to contribute

    Rollins isn’t going to be the 2007 MVP ever again .. but that doesn’t mean he’s not an above-average player who can help us win a World Series again.

    Raul Ibanez won’t match his 2008 numbers ever again, but that doesn’t mean that we should dump him and give his spot to a rookie

    Pat Burrell had seasons where he didn’t even hit .220 ….. people still love him to this day … why Ibanez gets such a bad wrap is beyond me.? Maybe if people didnt jock him so hard last year when he was so hot, they wouldn’t feel so crushed right now, when he’s average

     
  • Posts: 0 phillyboy

    i totally agree don

     
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  • Posts: 0 mark

    then dont come on here Don M…………cya later

     
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