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Behind A Sensational Kendrick, Phils Beat Giants For Second Straight Night

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, May 08, 2013 12:51 AM | Comments: 20
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Kyle Kendrick purses his lips for his haters during another brilliant start. (Photo: AP)

What a difference a flight out west makes.

When the Phillies arrived in San Francisco yesterday, they had been in a rut, dropping two straight to the lowly Miami Marlins, including an embarrassing 14-2 loss on Sunday. Now, for a second straight night, they got a dominant performance from their starting pitcher on the way to a victory. This time, Kyle Kendrick was the responsible party, easily dispatching the Giants lineup in a 6-2 victory that never seemed in doubt.

CYLE KENDRICK

Coming into tonight’s game, Kendrick led Phillies starters with a 2.43 ERA. Dating back to July 1, his ERA is a pristine 2.57. He’s been dubbed the team’s stopper–albeit with a tongue in cheek connotation–for a reason. He’s pitched like a true ace. Combine his recent run of success with his 1.89 career ERA when facing the Giants–his lowest against any National League opponent–and his final line would be no surprise: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. These stellar outings from Kendrick are becoming commonplace.

He was in control all night, rarely getting into trouble and finding a way out whenever he did. KK was particularly impressive in the fourth. After allowing two in the third, the fourth frame began with an ominous tone for the 28-year old. Buster Posey led off with a  single. That was followed by an error by Michael Young on a dead doubleplay ball. With two on, no outs, and a tight one-run ball game, Kendrick was in hot water. No matter. Pitching like a seasoned veteran with ice water in his veins, Kendrick calmly struck out the next two hitters before getting the third out on an easy groundball. Lord Kendrick giveth; Lord Kendrick taketh away.

Kendrick could have pitched the eighth, as he only threw 88 pitches through seven. However, he was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top half of the inning, capping another routine day for the lead horse in the Phillies rotation. Check out this nugget our own Corey Seidman tweeted about Kendrick: “His last 17 starts: 2.44 ERA, .217 opponents batting average, 14 quality starts.”

SMALL BALL KICKSTARTER

The Phillies offense caught an early break when Tim Lincecum misfired to first trying to retire Chase Utley on a slow dribbler up the first base line. On replay, it was obvious that Utley was out of the baseline and should have been called out, but the umpires deferred, and Utley wound up on second. He’d come around to score on a Ryan Howard single for an early 1-0 lead.

The small ball approach was a theme at the outset. The Phils scored two more runs in the early innings, one on a groundout and the other on a single up the middle. That’s not to say the Phillies didn’t have a good approach. Through three, Lincecum had sixty pitches. They weren’t retired in order for the first time until the sixth. They made Lincecum work all night. And even though Timmy isn’t the same pitcher he once was, it’s always a positive to see this team with a solid offensive night against a pitcher who traditionally does well facing them.

CHASE GOES DEEP AGAIN

For the second night in a row, Utley went deep into the San Francisco night. His homer tonight traveled over 420 feet to the deepest part of spacious AT&T Park. It was Utley’s 7th home run of the season, which leads the team. Though Utley’s average has dipped a bit following his torrid start, he is still producing at an elite level. If he keeps this up, the Phillies will have to make a very interesting decision on whether to retain his services following this season.

Howard also checked into the home run department, clubbing a solo shot in the ninth for an insurance run. The homer was Howard’s sixth of the season, as he tries to keep pace with Utley.

GAME NOTES

- During tonight’s game, the Phillies announced that Tyler Cloyd would be starting in place of the injured Roy Halladay on Friday in Arizona. Last year, Cloyd started six games for the Phillies and posted a 4.91 ERA with 30 strikeouts and seven walks. No corresponding move has been announced yet.

- Speaking of Halladay, the Phillies had no news on his sore shoulder, which was examined in L.A. earlier today. Keep an eye out for an update tomorrow.

- The Phillies close out their series in San Francisco tomorrow afternoon when Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.24) takes the hill. The resurgent Barry Zito (3-1, 3.06) takes the ball for the Giants.

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  • Posts: 0 Whatever

    Starting with last night’s game pitched by Cliff Lee, the Phillies played with a distinct attitude just like in their glory days. Kyle Kendrick pitched another gem tonight. It feels like the boys in red pinstripes are playing again with what Cliff Lee said they needed – pride. How sweet to take the series in a sold-out park against the red-hot World Champions on the road !

     
    • Posts: 0 glutenous

      Glad I’m not the only one that saw this through the first two games of this Giants series. They have seemed to possess a poise and focus that they have lacked all season.

       
  • Posts: 0 Andrew From Waldorf

    Winner winner
    Chicken dinner

    Jon Miller just compared KK to Greg Maddux on the Giants broadcast.
    Not kidding.

    Sell high Ruben.

     
  • Posts: 0 glutenous

    In other news, Blue Jays pitcher JA Happ was struck in the head by a line drive in tonight’s game against Tampa Bay. He is listed in stable condition. Keeping the former Phillie in my thoughts and hoping he makes a full recovery.

     
    • Posts: 4558 Lefty

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      I saw that, It looked really bad, I will be praying for JA and his family.

       
    • Posts: 87 Johanna

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      I saw it too – it may be one of the worst hits I’ve ever seen. Read articles this morning that say he is in stable condition – so glad because a hit like that can be life threatening.

       
  • Posts: 0 bacardipr

    I dont think Rube could if he wanted to sell high. Two starters down one perhaps career ending. Minor league depth inexperienced or iffy. Least not now..

     
  • Posts: 0 Whatever

    I second the prayers going out to J A Happ. He is a class guy and athlete … and of course a former Phillie whom many of us liked quite a lot when he donned the pinstripes. I was actually hoping Toronto had no room for him this year with all their off-season moves and he’d come back to the Phillies as a back of the rotation starter.

     
    • Posts: 0 glutenous

      If the Phillies are around .500 at the break, they shouldn’t sell anyone, imo. Everyone knows all it takes is a good month or so to propel a team right into the thick of the race.

      If the Phillies enter a scenario where they are going to be sellers, KK is a guy I would hate to see go. Not just because he has pitched well of late, but because he is a product of the organization and a guy I would like to see remain a Phillie throughout the rest of his career.

       
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  • Posts: 4558 Lefty

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    Kyle’s inside pitch to lefties that looks like it’s going to hit them, and then somehow crosses the plate for a strike is devastating. His change of speed is also very effective. One other thing I noticed this season, he does not look like he is throwing hard even when he is at top speed, low 90′s. I think of guys like Vanimal and Lincecum that heave the ball with all their might to reach that velocity and it makes me think KK could have a prolonged career. At least I hope that’s the case.

    Everyone gives Amaro shit for his bad moves. How about avoiding arbitration in 2012 and signing of KK to a two year extension for 7.5 million?

     
    • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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      I noticed that, too, about his “effortless” delivery. 90+ ??? I never would have thought that if they didn’t have that pitch speed thing on the screen. And, yeah…that pitch to lefties that comes back over the plate at the last second?? Filthy. Just plain nasty.

       
  • Posts: 87 Johanna

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    This is what happens when I can’t watch the games. It is nice to see that they won when I wake up at 4 am though.

     
  • Posts: 276 Jeff of Nova

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    Can I get a HELL YEAH!!

    What a great game, now this team with its veteran leadership need to keep this fire up. Show the young guys like Brown, Galvis, Pettibone, and Revere what it means to be a champion caliber team

     
    • Posts: 0 JMills

      Do you mean the veteran leadership Rollins displayed when he jogged home from second when Young almost got thrown out at second. Atleast it looked like Sandberg said something to him. Otherwise great two games.

       
      • Posts: 0 George

        There is absolutely no reason to run hard if you don’t have to. If the play was at second base, Rollins certainly didn’t have to risk a muscle tear by screaming toward home.

        Veteran leadership sometimes means not taking unnecessary risks.

         
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        There were two outs, so it would have mattered, but it turned out not to be a close play at second anyway.

         
      • Posts: 2952 Chuck A.

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        Jimmy definitely should have run harder in that situation. He knows there’s 2 outs and that Pence has a cannon for an arm.

         
  • Posts: 0 DaveP

    Good game from start to finish (or at least until I fell asleep in the 6th). KK has some nasty stuff now, glad he’s still riding that hot streak. Lincecum is a shell of himself, but I’m glad the phils capitalized on the opportunities given to them. After splitting a series with the lowly marlins, it feels good to have locked up the series win against the defending World Series champs.

     
  • Posts: 0 mnjam

    “easily dispatching the Giants lineup in a 6-2 victory that never seemed in doubt.”

    “With two on, no outs, and a tight one-run ball game, Kendrick was in hot water.”

    Which is it?

    F

     
 
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