Madson Owes Kendrick A Solid Next Time

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sat, August 20, 2011 01:18 AM | Comments: 16
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Rain should of stayed. Phillies suffer tough loss.

Mother Nature tried to do it.  She rained and rained but gave after two hours before the Phillies and Nationals finally got back under way after two outs in the first inning.

Kyle Kendrick was called on for the ‘spot’ start after the rain delay.  Kendrick pitched well in his six innings of work allowing only two runs on five hits.  His ERA is actually down to a respectable 3.24 with over 97 innings pitched this season.

The Phillies scored their four runs in the third inning with a run scoring triple from John Mayberry and an RBI double from Chase Utley.  Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz added RBI singles to put the Phils up 4-0.

The Nationals, as they always do, chipped away at the lead scoring one run here and one run there.  It was those two runs that they carried into the ninth inning before erupting for six in the final frame to leave the Phillies walking off the field, heads dragging.

The Nats however, lead by wonder boy, face of the franchise Ryan Zimmerman celebrated at home plate after Zimm laser showed a Ryan Madson offering into the left field seats.  It was Zimmerman’s second career walk off grand slam and the eighth time he has had a walk off home run which leads the Majors since 2005.

If you can’t tell from the headline, Madson took the loss tonight after surrendering six runs on five hits in the ninth inning.  He gave up back to back singles to Jayson Werth and Danny Espinosa to lead off the ninth after having each hitter down 0-2 to start.  An RBI single from Jonny Gomes made it 4-3.

A sacrifice from Wilson Ramos moved the runners up and a free pass to Jesus Flores loaded the bases.  Two batters later, after another RBI single by Ian Desmond tied it at four,  Zimmerman took a full count, two outs, bases loaded pitch and sent it packing.  Advantage Nats 8-4.

Bad loss for the boys tonight.  It looks like Roy Oswalt will get the start tomorrow after the rain messed up his routine.

Still in first, but a little shaky lately.

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  • Posts: 0 Tom

    Hard to take losing two games in the 9th this week after only losing one in the 9th prior to Tuesday!! What can you say!! The Nats his a few cheap bloop hits b4 the slam!! Zimmerman owns Madson too!! Knew it was coming!! Would rather have seen him throw a change than a fastball!! A walk off walk wouldn’t have been as tough to take!! Always want to see a pitcher throw his best pitch in that situation!!

  • Posts: 0 bacardipr05

    Just came home from deep sea fishing…found out what happened…Yikes!

  • Posts: 0 TheDipsy

    One: Is Kendrick actually decent?
    Two: I’ll bet Mariano Rivera has not had 5 outings like Madson’s in his whole career.
    Three: Go JMJ!

    The Dipsy

    • Posts: 0 Ryan H

      one: no he stinks. at least as a starter. he’s a good long man in the pen.
      two: mariano rivera has had 5 outings this year alone as bad as mad son’s last night.
      three: yea mayberry is really doing great!

  • Posts: 0 Phillantropist

    Hopefully, there will be no more “next time” for Madson, as he’s obviously not up to par for a closing role.

    He’s got all the tools, but he doesn’t have the mental fortitude. Mariano or K-Rod will not crumble when they get guys on base. That’s when they get even BETTER.

    Mariano or K-Rod doesn’t even need their best stuff, they use whatever they have to get guys out. And they are NEVER overmatched. Even the best batters in the league will have a hard time against Mo or K-Rod.

    Madson just seems clueless when his stuff isn’t great.

    Bastardo looks like a guy who can develop into a great closer, and he seems to have a much better psyche than Madson.

    • Posts: 0 Vicki Geib

      Oh come on! Give the guy a break. Nobody is perfect. He’s only had two blown saves all season and you’re ready to write him off?

      • Posts: 0 Ryan H

        seriously. he’s been easily one of the best closers in the game this year all year. there were lots of fluky things in that outing last night that could’ve went the other way. gomes’ ball is an easy around the horn double play if valdez isn’t playing in there. and a few of those single were jam shot bloops. they didn’t hit a ball hard until zimmerman

  • Posts: 0 Phillantropist

    On a side note, Phillies will have a super bullpen when and if they get to the playoff (which they should, but we should not take anything for granted).

    I think the closing role should be given to Bastardo or even Worley, as Worley showed what an awesome mental strength he has when he hung around in his previous blowout start, and still pitched decent the next few innings, and then the next start bounced back just fine.

    A cool customer.

    Starting rotation in playoffs will be Halladay-Lee-Hamels-Oswalt, depending on how Oswalt looks the next few starts.

    The bullpen may get Blanton back, and Lidge is finally looking pretty good, and both Herndon and Kendrick have been impressive.

    Bastardo is an ace, the problem is Madson who looks unstable even whe he’s getting the saves.

    So Worley could be the best bet for closing.

  • Posts: 0 Lewisauce

    What’s with all the anti-Madson chatter? Dude’s been solid all year; he was due to poop the bed. It doesn’t mean he blows. He’ll be fine going forward and into the playoffs. (Bastardo can take over the closer’s role next year.)

  • Posts: 2897 Chuck A.

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    1) Mariano “crumbled” in the World Series vs the D-Backs back in the early 2000′s.

    2) K-Rod is a bum.

  • Posts: 0 David

    I think the Phillies will take this in stride. Last year, I think they blew a 5 run lead to the Twins in th 9th inning. In September 2007, the Phillies blew a 6 run lead in the last two innings to the Braves. Look, what happenned after that.

    This stuff can happen. The important thing to realize is that there is another game the next day.

  • Posts: 0 Ryan H

    “a little shaky lately”. what?????? might had two tough losses this week. but shaky? come the hell on man!!!! they’ve won almost every game they’ve played in august. been absolutely dominating. if this is shaky, then I can’t wait to see what they’re like when they’re playing well.

  • Posts: 0 Owl Kernan

    This meltdown by Madson will actually save the Phils some money when salary negotiations start in the offseason. Madson’s ERA exploded above 3 and that will cost him some money.
    And it will motivate him to start doing better.

  • Posts: 1147 betasigmadeltashag

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    Like with all closers, none of them are perfect, except Lidge in 08, But that aside. It is not the blown save that is the tell tale sign. It is the next time they are put in a closing situation. So LIke I said the last time he blew his save, his one other save, was lets see what he does the next time out. Which probably not tonight, since he has pitched 3 days in a row. Stutes should be able to pitch, along with maybe get to see what the kid has to show in the bigs. Tough loss for the boys, should have scored more runs, and Madson had a bad day along with somre unlucky breaks. But it is just one loss lets get back to winning tonight.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Rivera has 72 blown saves regular season.

    But he poops gold and spits sterling silver.

    And people cant imagine it.

  • Posts: 73 RatBastardNJ

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    Tough crowd on here for sure! Well one silver lining could be with a few more blown saves, Boras will have to lower his price during the off season.

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