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Strasburg dominates Phillies for first career shutout

Posted by Kenny Ayres, Sun, August 11, 2013 07:55 PM | Comments: 21
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The Phillies were swept by the Nationals Sunday night after being shut out in the finale of their three game set 6-0. With the loss, the Phillies fall to 52-65 on the season, 19 games back of the first place Braves. It was the team’s eleventh straight road loss.

Strasburg shuts down Phillies’ bats

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Kyle Kendrick was ousted in the fifth after allowing six runs (four earned) on 11 hits.

Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg cut through the Phillies lineup, allowing just four hits in a complete game shutout with ten strikeouts. Against the Phillies this season Strasburg has gone 17 innings and allowed only one run, while racking up ten punchouts. 

The only hits Strasburg allowed were four singles- two from Kevin Frandsen and one a piece from Domonic Brown and Jimmy Rollins. At just 90 pitches through eight innings, Washington let him return for the ninth and earn his first complete game and shutout of his professional career. 

Kendrick struggles again
Early in the season Kendrick was easily the Phillies’ best starter. Now, he has struggled to show even glimpses of his prior success. The right-hander got touched up for six runs (four earned) on 11 hits in just 4 1/3 innings Sunday, marking the fourth time in his last seven starts he allowed six runs, and the second time in his last three starts he has not lasted five innings.

Kendrick allowed a run in the first, but never really settled in despite scoreless innings in the second and third. He gave up two more in the fourth, and then, aided by a Chase Utley error, three more in the fifth before he was pulled. On June 25, Kendrick’s ERA was 3.46, and since then it has ballooned more than 100 points to 4.48.

Up Next…
The Phillies will head further south tomorrow to open a series against the first place Braves. Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.81 ERA) will take the baseball opposite young right-hander Julio Teheran (9-5, 2.96 ERA). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

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  • Posts: 0 Realist

    eh–who cares?

     
  • Posts: 0 Double Trouble Del

    The expression heading “further south” could not be more appropriate for this team.

     
  • Posts: 0 c. schreiber

    What result can we expect vs Strasburg when you give him 8 outs to begin the game, 4 from the pitcher batting and four absolute outs when you start Minimart. For the 50th time this year I ask Rube what the F—- is he doing still in baseball and how can he start 3 games in a row for us. Is he your sissie Rube??

     
  • Posts: 0 Fritz

    Yeah Ruben, you go boy!What a team you put together and on the cheap too.Frigging amazing.

     
  • Posts: 0 DavidE

    I can’t seem to find an appropriate condolence card for this occasion.

     
  • Posts: 0 Dave

    The Phillies organization should be embarrassed from top to bottom right now…they are a complete disgrace. Have the Phillies sucked this bad before? Yes. But back then they didn’t have the 3rd hightest payroll in baseball.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ruben Amaro Stinks

    I have some really big plans for this team in the off-season. And some big contracts will be offered to Melky Cabrera, as well as others. I plan to have as many switch hitters as possible on this team next year. That way Charlie Manuel does not need to worry about platoons or stuff like that. I like proven players in their mid-30′s, as you all know.

    So get your season tickets before they are all gone.

     
    • Posts: 1135 EricL

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      You can offer Melky a contract, I guess, if you want. He’s probably not going to take it though, considering the Blue Jays have him under contract for 2014 at a fairly reasonable price ($8 MM, if I recall correctly)

       
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    I refuse to be an “I told you so” having predicted back in April or May that the team might fall below the Mets. Nope, I’m not going to even remind anybody since at this rate they may be battling Miami for the cellar rather than the Mets for 4th place.

    Based on the my primitive homemade baseball team Stink-o-meter I’d say the Phillies and the Marlins have a potential swing differential of 5 games between them in the standings from now to the end of the season. If that holds, Miami will cling to last place unless they’re willing to shake up their team while the Phillies continue to hold pat. The Marlins appear to .have the tougher schedule from here on out but they do play the Phillies in 6 more games.

    And no, I am NOT predicting the possibility of the cellar for our Phightins.
    Then again, when it comes to this team, don’t bet the ranch against any disaster befalling them.

     
  • Posts: 1190 Manny

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    Can anyone answer this: whatever happened to the so-called Baby Aces we had in the minors? You know, like a year or two ago when both the present and the future looked promising? I know we gave up May and Cosart… but what about the others?

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Pettibone was one, and you know where he is. I think Julio Rodrigues might have been in that group.

       
      • Posts: 1190 Manny

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        Ah thanks. You’re right about Julio. He got traded for some other prospect after putting up some very pedestrian MiLB numbers.

         
  • Posts: 0 wbramh

    Answer: 3 used car salesmen, 2 insurance agents, 1 IT guy, 1 roller coaster operator, a plumber’s assistant and a Buddhist monk.
    The younger ones (under 28) were demoted to the instructional league for more seasoning.

     
  • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

    So invigorating checking out the morning pubs, reviewing the game, and looking forward. And I thought Inner City Blues were supposed to make me wanna holler.

    But there was an interesting column in the AJC in which Mark Bradley discusses the Braves MVP.

    I guess if you follow the Braves closely, you’re among the masses cited by Bradley that would consider Freddie Freeman the choice, secondarily, Mike Minor, and Craig Kimbrel. Familiarity tends to breed mass view.

    Bradley states a case for the young shortstop Simmons.

    I’m not sure Chris Johnson even got a mention, but despite acquiring BJ Upton, that guy has leapfrogged Frank Wren near head of the class for NL Exec. I wonder how the Phils failings might be shortened had they been in on that productive acquisition.

    Then, there’s the guy that from a not real versed position on the Braves would be a guy I’d look at if I were inclined to formulate an educated position.

    All I know is that Justin was cranking, the Braves were starting 12-1,and didn’t slide to .500 baseball for a couple months until he slowed down. During their current reprise (current defined as it’s not over for at least 3 more games), J Up’s been banging again. And this doesn’t even include JHey in recent weeks, who succumbs to several in the pot, but has proven quite valuble.

    This upcoming series is a joke. I’ll root hard for Hamels tonight, along the lines of just because, but by and large, how can you care about this stuff at this point. Some level of intruige over Ruf and Asche, a little more here and there, and that’s about it.

     
  • Posts: 0 JohnMatrix

    you tune in because its summer, and its baseball. i watch almost all the games. I fully expect the phillies to lose each game lately, and am pleasantly suprised when they win.

     
    • Posts: 0 wbramh

      The joy and curse of being an unapologetic fan of the game.
      Having once suffered through 30 years of stench and frustration what’s another 30?
      Plus, I’ll be dead.

       
    • Posts: 5322 Lefty

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      I hate winter when all I do is wish their was a baseball game on the tube.

      “you tune in because it’s summer and it’s baseball”

      Nice, I couldn’t have said that better.

       
  • Posts: 0 Mike in NJ

    Didn’t watch a single pitch, because I knew this team has no prayer against Strasburg. The only reason I would have considered watching is to see if he would throw a no hitter. I didn’t watch Friday, either, because I knew they also had no shot in that one. I only watched Saturday’s game, and wish I hadn’t. It drives me nuts watching most of this team’s approach at the plate. FFS I’m still mad about our AB’s in the 6th and 7th innings Saturday. I think I’ll watch tonight just to see if Cole continues to pitch well, although I fully expect them to lose like 3-1.

    Is Cholly playing Michael Martinez so much as an in-your-face to Ruin Tomorrow, JR? He might as well play McDonald every day, too.

     
  • Posts: 559 Bruce

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    Hey! I’m a Phillies fan and love the sport. My support for the team is unconditional. I have follow the team for over a half a century and have seen so many “down” years that I can appreciate success more fully than most young fans when it does happened (smile). With all the division titles and TWO World Series appearances back to back (imagine that) during this first decade of this century, one can see how some young fans may be spoiled and want more. Success runs in cycles and contingent on many circumstances and luck. That’s reality. Fans of teams like the Cubs and the Pirates have so little to cheer about for so many years (although that other Pennsylvania team may finally have their year in currently owning the best record in baseball)

    In the meantime, Phillies fans can watch the team gradually undergo a transition as we see the growing pains of young players like Ruf, Brown, Achse, Pettebone, Martin and more to come in the next few years. I’m sure that GM Amaro will address their most urgent need to rebuild the bullpen. So sit back and relax, enjoy baseball. I’ll not only exercise patience as the Phillies will continue to have their up’s and down’s but I’ll continue root for the team with hopes of improvement coming their way. Also we can cheer for that other team from Pennsylvania going to the playoffs (smile).

     
    • Posts: 0 Ken Bland

      Taking the liberty of going multiple directions on this message, this comes across as kind of a self explanation, or evaluation, so there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s not pushy, and if a newer fan sticks it in their memory bank, they might find the perspective applicable down the road when their more of a veteran fan, and possibly are atan age where their values and time are more in line with Bruce’s views.

      What IS funny is when fans start voicing opinions on telling others how to root. I guess the Phils lousy year has somehow included more comebacks than a season ago, hell, even if its by 2-1, but there was 1 home game this year when the Phils scored like 4 in the bottom of the 9th, and the next day, the qualified to judge started screaming about how you NEVER leave a game early. Gimme a break. Just because YOUR schedule allows for that doesn’t mean everybody’s should. So to those that have walked because they have better things to do than watch this garbage, or simply choose not to devote the former time and energy, that doesn’t mean they should be chided when the Phils are contenders somewhere over the rainbow.

      What IS wrong with this piece is it states the Pirates have the best record in baseball. They don’t now,and they won’t at midweek. They play at the Cards while Atlanta hosts Houston, er, check that, Philly (actually, same thing, so why apologize. But the real point of that is of late, the Braves have been white hot, the Cardinals in disarray. It’s fair to wonder if the Braves might be better than suspected (certainly the same with the hot Dodger club), or even if the Cards are not in line for a good post season. But this is August, not September, and I’ll abstain from predictions, but don’t be surprised if by that faraway time,any of the trends mentioned are opposite.

       
  • Posts: 0 Fritz

    I too am a long time fan and I have been ever since Bob Bowman signed my first baseball glove back in 1958. My point is that the Phillies back then were cheap and for the most part their team showed it. They now have a large amount of money invested in their team and they have made many bad decisions to get where they are today.

     
 
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