Kendrick, Howard Strong in Phillies Win

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, August 02, 2011 11:37 PM | Comments: 27
2011 Game Recaps, Opinion, Posts

Richie Ashburn Award: Kyle Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick pitched eight shutout innings and the Phillies defeated the Rockies 5-0 on Tuesday night to notch their Major-League-leading 70th win. Kendrick’s final line looked like this: 8.0 IP/4 H/0 R/0 ER/2 BB/7 K. He wasn’t the only one who was strong, though.

Ryan Howard slugged home runs number 22 and 23, both of them solo shots. The offense got the scoring started early, with two runs in the first by a Chase Utley groundout and a Hunter Pence double. Howard’s first home run came in the 4th, which was followed by a Brian Schneider sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0.

Howard hit an opposite field home run in the 8th to cap the scoring.

Kendrick never found himself in much trouble, mowing down the Rockies inning after inning. Overall, he threw 117 pitches–a season high. This will likely be the last start for Kendrick this year, as Roy Oswalt is set to join the team this week.

Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook left the game in the top of the fifth with muscle spasms in his neck, after giving up four runs over four innings.

With the win and a Braves loss, the Phillies find themselves a full eight game ahead of the Bravos, who have the 4th-best record in all of baseball.

Roy Halladay will take the mound tomorrow, as the Phillies look to complete the sweep, something they have had trouble with this year. Isn’t it great that one of the team’s “problems” is that they win almost every series, but have trouble getting sweeps? Oh yeah, life is good.

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  • Posts: 0 branderson

    nice to know KK is around just in case someone gets hurt.. he has really done nicely. benefiting by some luck for sure but I realy appreciate his contrubutions. nice win. love seeing howard get hot for august and september. he could still do 35/130

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    lets have dip sh i t run this team. bench raul and never traded for pence. come on dipsy boy

  • Posts: 0 wbodisc

    Kyle Kendrick = best 7th starter in baseball!

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    @ Jeff
    I can think of people on here to go after but not Dipsy.

    Who I think understood the Pence deal immediatly and understands you play Raul when hes hot.

  • Posts: 577 Brian Sr. of CO

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    Now would be a great time re-write the “In Defense of Kyle Kendrick”. No idea where this came from, but I am eating crow! He has been HORRIBLE in Denver through-out his career, with the Rockies have the highest batting average of any team against him, and this tonight? WOW.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    I am actually following Pence on twitter. Only Athlete I follow.

    What perfect match for this team.

    The enthusiasm is infectious.

    Hey Philly! Good Game. Let’s Go Eat! :)

  • Posts: 0 jonnyboy

    whats everyones predictions on number of wins by seasons end?

    • Posts: 0 Mazinman

      Kinda hard to say since, at this rate, they will be able to start resting guys early this year. Not passing 100 would be a disappointment though.

      • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

        I said 110 before the year and I still consider it a possibility. albeit a slim one. but I could envision an extremely hot streak coming here. the offense is just starting to get cookin and we’re about to get Oswalt back . this team could hit a gear like something we’ve never witnessed before.

    • Posts: 0 lou possehl

      103 and 55. See what I wrote below.

    • Posts: 0 lou possehl

      OK Ok – 103 and 55 gets them to 158 games, but you get the idea. Let’s say 105 and 57.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H.

    howard starting to cook here just like always. can’t wait til he makes all you ingrates eat your words (again).

    I can’t help but imagine the numbers Ryan Howard would put up if he was a rockie. it’d be off the charts. he’s probably capable of hitting a ball close to 600 feet up there in that thin air

    • Posts: 3084 Chuck A.

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      hahahahaha…….”ingrates”……that’s pretty funny.

      Early on I predicted 98-102. I’m sticking with that, with the emphasis on it being closer to102. 53 games left. 102 wins means they have a 32-21 record the rest of the way. I really can’t see it being much better than that with a lot of those being road games and tough series vs. the Braves, Brewers, Cardinals, Giants (even with their recent swoon), D-Backs,even a re-energized Marlins team.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    This team is also 8 games up (2 in hand) and on a tear. Once the division is in hand it would be wise for the old man to ease back. Limit some use of some pitchers. Have the starters on tighter pitch counts etc etc.

    I think if they needed to this team could win 110. They will not need to. But they will go over 100.

    KK continues to show he is an asset to this team and can fill many roles.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    The giants have been tied by Arizona for the lead in the NL west and are realing. Lost 5 in a row since their last win. Ironicly vs the Phillies.

    Big chance to go in there and hand them a little pay back.
    And more importantly maybe hurt their playoff chances.
    Would be great and if they didnt even qualify for the playoffs.

  • Posts: 577 Brian Sr. of CO

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    I would hope that the way the team has been is NOT a hot streak, but the way they play. I would prefer a HOT streak that some people see coming, actually hits in mid to late October. Lets also not get to far ahead of ourselves. Even with the Giants in a recent slump, they always seem to have our number, and match up to us better than they seem to match up against others, possibly the Diamondbacks. Even comparing records of years past. The last time the Phillies reached 70 wins this fast (109 games) was in 1976 where it took 104 games. In 1976 the Phillies swept in the NLCS. Granted that was the Big Red Machine, they were still swept. Game 3 was the closest the Phillies came to winning a game. Just because they are looking great not, doesnt mean they will look great in the playoffs. Heck, even in 1950, the Phillies had a 7 game lead with 11 to play, and only won by 1 game. Maybe even 1964? My point is not supposed to be doom and gloom, but more, lets hope they can keep going, and hope they don’t hit a massive slump. Lets not get to far ahead of ourselves. Lets enjoy each win, and hope the best is yet to come. Do I think they will pull a 1964? HELL NO! But lets keep it real.

    • Posts: 0 lou possehl

      The difference between this version of the Phillies and all others is the depth and quality of their pitching rotation. For example, the Whiz Kids had Roberts, Simmons, Heintzelman and (I forget), and Jim Konstanty in the bullpen – really, really good, but they were so young and relatively inexperienced.

      In terms of starting pitching, the current Phillies instead match up with the Braves in their glory years, or the Orioles when they had their four 20-game-winner rotation of Palmer, McNally, Cuellar and the other guy. Five games into this year, I predicted that the Phillies would win go 103 – 55, merely based on the assumption that they would never incur a long losing streak, but instead would win 4 of 6 and then 4 of 7, and repeat that pattern for the rest of the year. They’re on track to do just that, and their longest losing streak so far is all of 4 games – and I wonder how the heck that happened. Barring injury, there’s no possibility of “massive slump” here. The only way the Phillies don’t win over 100 is, as someone else has mentioned, they wrap up the NL East early on, and then rest their starting rotation and/or tighten up the pitch counts for an early exit by their starters.

      Playoffs are (as we have seen) another story – a 7-game crapshoot after proving yourself in 162 games from April to October. Who’s hot; who’s not. Not what I like, but that’s MLB.

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Well Brian Sr we all just hope for the best. Even if we get into a little slump we still have a little cushion now in the standings. That;s why its great that we been on a tear lately. We face the Giants the team i fear the most ( Braves 2nd) in a 4 game series. The one part about facing either these teams is some times are offense starts a little slow. Then when the opposing teams brings in their bullpen we start to rally. Not so with the Giants an the Braves excellent bullpen. The Giants just got swept by the Reds if the Reds can do it i think we can take 3 out of 4 from Giants. The offense seems to be clicking now. With the addition of Pence that might be the extra spark we need to over come the Gigantes.

    • Posts: 0 lou possehl

      In baseball as in any other sport, some teams just don’t match up well against others, and some individual players tee off on some other team, “just because.” For example, in the late ’50s, the Tigers had a hitter (Maxwell) who feasted on Yankee pitching, and a pitcher – Frank Lary – who just killed the Yankees, great as those Bronx Bombers were. When the Yankees finally started to beat Lary, that was a sure signal that it was time for him to retire – and he did.

      In those years, and as a Phillies fan, you took your limited pleasures where you could find them.

      But I digress. The point being that, perhaps, the Reds have the Giants’ goat … and (gulp) maybe we don’t match up well with the Giants. I don’t know if that’s the case, certainly now with the addition of Pence addressing so many of our acknowledged soft spots. But one scenario I wouldn’t mind seeing is the Braves as the NL wild card – and the Giants getting beat out by Arizona in the NL West and thereby being shut out entirely of the NLCS.

  • Posts: 2071 Brooks

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    there are too few guarentees – what have we learned to expect from our Phils this year? What have they showed us so far?

    A) When our top 4 pitch, we can expect probably 3 games where the opposing team scores 3 or less runs. Meaning, if the offense can score 4 or more runs, we are looking at likely taking 3 of 5 games.

    B) The offense is sporadic so far. Nobody has stepped to the forefront, taken the lead, handed out the ju-ju bee’s and said climb on my back – rather, the offense is that potent where individuals who dont play everday are giving the Phils timely hits and more importantly victories out of the jaws of defeat.

    C) Control. Nobody is running their mouth, pissing off teammates or dissing the staff or coaching staff (I know, at 70-39 its hard to complain). But control also in no off-field shenanigans that could cause strife in the house.

    Most importantly
    D) The BP seems to have settled nicely into a routine. Stutes may be of question lately (perhaps he’s been caught up with) but still can give 2 solid innings when relied upon, Bastardo & Madson have been incredible so far. Herndon, we just dont know, expect a regurgitation here and there just because he is Herndon, Perez was never lights out but we’ll take what he gives – Cholly can work his magic around Lidge (jury is out) and use him sporadically. Which is the real beauty of having 4 reliable starters – not much time left for the BP. Oh yes, now that Oswalt is coming back into the lineup, putting Kendrick in as a long set up man – only helps solidify my point.

    BTW, will Oswalt be pitching vs the Freak on Sunday or will he be inserted earlier to move the lineup down some?

    • Posts: 5482 Lefty

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      That would be my guess. He pitched 6 on Monday in the Minors- So both He and Cole pitched same day. One goes Saturday, and one Sunday, don’t know which.
      Another question, who gets dropped from the roster, Perez?

      • Posts: 84 Tom

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        Hopefully, Herndon!! They need a 2nd lefty so I don’t see Perez being sent down!!

  • Posts: 5482 Lefty

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    I agree with AFW, doesn’t matter how many wins. The goal should be to secure home field throughout, and then rest the team as much as possible the last couple weeks. We’re not going to set any records for wins, so what does it matter. Win in the playoffs, that’s all that matters, all anyone will remember. WFC Baby!

    I said I’d be happy with 6-4 on this roadie, looks like they’re well on their way.

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy


    The Dipsy

  • Posts: 1092 betasigmadeltashag

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    It is agood think Howard has not power and KK sucks we need to just wave them both. Ha ha. It is funny that the calander gets to August and Ryan wakes up. It has been coming for the last few weeks where he seemed to be waiting on the ball and seeing it better.
    I have one issue with locking up home field and resting guys, I think you have to be a little carefull with rest out side of the pitchers, this team offensive players seem to do better when they play more, and I think they like to play, I know there may be risk of injury but I think they need there reps. Especially guys like Ryan, Rual and Chase like to and need to play everyday. Look at Chase since he has been playing everyday and not being rested every fourth or fifth day he has really has hit his stride.

  • Posts: 84 Tom

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    Despite the deadline deal to get Bourn, the Bravos are now in a fight!! Forget about the division, how about a 1.5 game lead over the Dodgers and DBacks for the wild card!!! Great last start by KK!! This team is on cruise control!! Can’t wait to see who steps up tonight!!

  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    I would love to see Howard carry us for a little while… let our pitchers gear down in the 6th, get the guys around him some ample rest and give him some confidence heading into the playoffs. I said on the gameday last night that he would have 60 HR if he was a Rockie.

    Kendrick was a stud… very serviceable as a 7th starter.

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