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Kendrick Stymies Nats, Frandsen Comes Up Big in 3-1 Win

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Thu, July 11, 2013 09:47 PM | Comments: 12
2013 Game Recaps

Kendrick out-dealt Zimmermann to lead the Phillies to a 3-1 game and series win. Photo: AP

Kendrick Bends, Doesn’t Break in Face of Errors by Utley

Chase Utley became the first Phillie since David Bell in 2005 to commit three errors in a game, but that did not phase Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick picked up his eighth win of the season, pitching seven innings, giving up only five hits and walking just one while striking out a pair. While Utley highlighted the worst of the Phillies defense tonight, Domonic Brown nailed Bryce Harper at the plate in the first and Darin Ruf helped start a “do-it-yourself” double play at first. Kendrick out-dueled Jordan Zimmermann, tonight’s hard luck loser, who gave up just two earned in six and a third, striking out six, giving up eight hits while walking none.

Don’t Look Now: Ruf Hits in Sixth Straight Game, Frandsen Gets Him Home in the Seventh

With the game knotted at 1-1, Darin Ruf stepped to the plate in the seventh and drilled a double off of Zimermann. Kevin Frandsen was magic once again in a pinch-hitting role and doubled home Ruf’s pinch runner John McDonald off reliever Ian Krol to put the Fightins ahead 2-1. That would be all they needed as Antonio Bastardo held the Nats scoreless in the eighth and Jonathan Papelbon earned his 20th save in 24 chances after an Utley insurance run scored in the eighth for a 3-1 victory.

Revere Gets Two More Singles, Extends Hit Streak to Nine

So much has been made about Ben Revere‘s recent tear and it has almost all been said. But just when you think there are no more ways to frame Revere’s recent success, his two singles tonight combined for his ninth multi-hit game in the last 14 games, raising his batting average 32 points in that span. In the 71 games since April 17, Revere has raised his average 110 points and has gotten on base at about a .370 clip since then. Compare Revere’s production to a very similar player, the Nationals Denard Span (.257, sub-.315 OBP) who got essentially a three-year, $20 million deal and this looks like one of Ruben Amaro‘s smartest acquisitions.

With the win, the Phillies have now won 7 out of their last 10, all against teams over .500. They will gain a game on either Atlanta or Cincinnati this evening as the two teams play each other in four straight starting tonight. The Phillies head into the All-Star break playing solid baseball and will play three against the 36-53 White Sox. They are once again just one game under .500.

Are you starting to believe the Phillies are playoff contenders?

 

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Ian Riccaboni has written 844 articles on Phillies Nation.

Ian's athletic achievements include getting stuffed by NBA center Aaron Gray in high school and hitting .179 over four years for NYU against D-III, NAIA, JuCo, and NCBA schools. Ian hopes his athletic successes will help him achieve his dream of becoming the underground Bob Uecker.

 
 
  • Posts: 5514 Lefty

    Avatar of Lefty

    Starting to? There are a few of us “Kool-aid drinkers” that have believed all along. What does that stuff taste like anyway? I really don’t remember.

    I just don’t want them to trade any more young players to achieve it. Run the guys you got out there and take your chances, unless you can pick up a reliever or two off the scrap heap for little or nothing in return. These relievers are so up and down anyway, they might get lucky and find a couple that can go on a hot streak like St Louis did a couple years ago.

     
  • Posts: 0 Robotski

    Lefty, agree with you….keep this team as is. They seem to be building chemistry, playing with renewed intensity, and having fun again.

    Who knows about the relievers? Hopefully, they will learn from the rough experiences that they have had early and get better in the second half.

    Bastardo looked great tonight. Sorry to see the All Star Break. Here’s hoping their success continues!

    You’ve Gotta Believe!

     
    • Posts: 0 jobangone

      I want to belive but it boils down to winning on the road. If they can achieve that, they might be sittin’ pretty.

       
      • Posts: 0 schmenkman

        Well, they need to keep winning, including on the road, but the’ve actually done a little better on the road than at home: 11th best record at home, 8th best on the road.

         
  • Posts: 0 Phillies fan from Germany

    Man, that was a fun game. This Frandsen dude always seems to have a very solid AB. Great work! And Kendrick was huge.

    The Phillies have some momentum now so it is really important to keet that with at least a series win against the White Sox. A series loss would be devestating after these hard series wins against the good teams of Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Washington.

     
  • Posts: 0 Pamikedc

    Please don’t blow it versus’ the White Sox guys!!!

     
  • Posts: 0 jake

    Not until they can get 3-4 games over .500 and stay there for a few weeks will I believe this team has a chance to do something.

    THe team is just deeply flawed and therefore inconsistent. After 80 games it is hard to think they are something different than a streaky, old team.

     
  • Avatar of "Big Ed" Delahanty

    A well-fought and well- pitched game, aside from the fielding spirits of both Youngs possessing Chase Utley’s fielding ability.
    I’m a big proponent of Frandsen, and while I love him as a pinch-hitter, I really think he needs more playing time. He’s always positive and plays hard. Can he play right field. Lol.
    Time to sweep the Dirty Sox.
    Finally, I agree with Lefty, I hope we do not give up or give away anymore young guys.

     
    • Posts: 0 G7

      Not RF, but they could move Brown to RF and Frandsen in LF..he has been very clutch for this team..

       
  • Posts: 0 Ryne Duren

    I don’t think so. This team has burnt us so much with false hopes it drives me crazy! I want to believe so bad I can taste it. I don’t particularly think they’re playing well, I think they got a little lucky. Stuff happens. They’re still not playing good defense. their pen is spotty, they don’t hit with men in scoring pos. enough. Fransden’s big double tonight that scored the go ahead run should have been caught. It was ruled a double? It was an error!
    This team is sorta like both Youngs season so far. Just when you think they both should be sat down for lack of hitting or their fielding, They do something. AS does Mayberry. Just enough to keep them playing.
    And then there’s the cholly factor! The defensive replacement mayberry for D Young and he misplays two flyballs on consecutive innings the other night. Lucky for us it didn’t cost the game thanks to good pitching. and in the same game he takes Ruf out who’s a fine fielding 1st basemen and puts M young there who promptly botches a play! And on the other side of the infield replacement McDonald watches a ball a slow roller that isn’t even close to going foul and doesn’t even attempt to charge the ball and make a play? Whew! no wonder why he’s been on what 4 teams this year? !’m sorry fella’s They are winning right now in spite of themselves. The fact is they are and will be a .500 or just under or just over team. Very bad team has a winning span. Just look over in the west. The pods we’re hot before we came to S.D. what have they done since? Did we bum them out beating them 2 out of 3 that much? And over in the AL even the Astros had a pretty good streak of wins going but they’ve settled into their groove. It’s a long season and as they say the cream rises to the top. we’re gonna stay in the middle. Anybody who’s thinking differently is just hoping. Hey I’m hoping too! I just don’t think it’s a reality at this point. This team isn’t the same team that had great second halves. But being a longtime fan I hope I’m wrong and who would like nothing better than to eat a big crow if I’m wrong.

     
    • Posts: 0 schmenkman

      Ryne, you can’t possibly be saying that Mayberry isn’t much better defensively than Delmon. And McDonald has a reputation as an excellent fielder. I can’t fault Manuel for either move. I

      In any case, I understand your reluctance to buy in. This won’t convince you either, but I thought it was interesting: in the 61 games since May 6th, the Phils have the…

      - 2nd highest batting average in the NL
      - 2nd highest slugging percentage in the NL
      - 2nd highest OPS in the NL

      Also, overall, for the full season, they have the 6th highest batting average and 7th highest OPS with runners in scoring position.

       
      • Posts: 0 Phillies fan from Germany

        Absolutely agree with Delmons so called defense. Horrible how he played the triple by Harper. It is really amazing that we have a player “patrolling” the Outfield who can hardly run…

         
 
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