Posted by Pat Gallen, Tue, September 20, 2011 09:51 PM Comments: 24
GAME 1: Phillies Lose in 10 as Kendrick’s Start is Wasted
-In Game 1 of the day/night double dip, Kyle Kendrick kept an inept offense in the game for six shutout innings, but was giving nothing in return. In the seventh, Roger Bernadina launched a three-run homer off of Michael Schwimer in the seventh to put the Nats ahead 3-0. Raul Ibanez tied the game in the bottom half of the inning with a pinch-hit, three-run homer, but in the 10th, Michael Stutes’ struggles continued as he allowed the winning run to score on a base hit by Ryan Zimmerman in the 10th.
Crazy stat as an aside; Raul Ibanez hit a pinch hit home run for the first time in 10 years.
Kendrick was relatively awesome, tossing six shutout innings. He allowed just four hits and figures to play some sort of role in the ‘pen come October 1. For all the crap he’s gotten over the years, Kendrick has really stepped it up this season to become something more than an afterthought.
The growing pains continue for Schwimer, who gave up a mammoth homer to Bernardina. He’ll be part of the bullpen in the future, so it’s nice that the Phillies have some time to let him work out the kinks.