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Phils Slug Their Way Past Marlins, 7-2

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Mon, June 03, 2013 09:53 PM Comments: 27

KK threw his second complete game this year. (PHOTO: AP)

KK threw his second complete game this year. (PHOTO: AP)

For the first time since early April, the Phillies scored seven runs or more in back-to-back games. Last night, they jumped out to a big lead early. Tonight, they did it mostly via the long ball in somewhat of a comeback effort.

They went down 2-0 after three innings, but in the fifth, they put three runs on the board, followed by four more in the sixth. Kyle Kendrick pitched a solid game, and NL player of the week and month Domonic Brown hit yet another home run.

BROWN STAYS HOT

Domonic Brown had another nice night at the plate. He went 3-4 with another home run and 2 RBI. Over the homestand, he’s batting .545 with six home runs, and the first Phillie to hit nine home runs in ten games since Bobby Abreu. Simply outstanding.

He now has 17 home runs on the year, 42 RBI, and he’s hitting .291/.329/.592. Get this guy to the All Star Game.

FUN NIGHT FOR KENDRICK

Not only did Kyle Kendrick throw a full nine innings of two-run ball, he also tripled, and later tagged up on a fly ball to center. He slid headfirst into third on the triple, getting his uniform dirty and tearing up his elbows, and hat to pitch with that dirty uniform the next inning. It was fantastic.

His full line was 9 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. His ERA is now 3.12 on the season.

SLUGGING LINEUP

The Phillies hit six extra base hits, including three home runs (from Domonic Brown, Erik Kratz, and Delmon Young). Kyle Kendrick and Freddy Galvis added triples, and Ryan Howard added a double. Ben Revere had a couple hard-hit balls, and Howard’s double was scorched. This kind of production from the offense has been a rarity, and it was great to see.

The Phillies are back at it tomorrow with Jonathan Pettibone going for the Phils and Ricky Nolasco going for the Marlins.

 

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On A Dreary Evening, The Reds Thump The Phillies

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, May 18, 2013 07:16 PM Comments: 36

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Kyle Kendrick was due for lackluster outing, and that’s just what he had today. (Photo: AP)

On April 15, Bronson Arroyo dominated the Phillies for eight innings in Cincinnati, allowing just two runs and five hits in a deflating 4-2 defeat. Today’s ballgame felt eerily similar to the one that took place at Great American Ballpark last month, only this time the Reds more than doubled their output, while the Phillies didn’t bother scoring any runs–though they did equal their five hits–in an 10-0 defeat. The damp weather was a perfect accompaniment to the sleepy feeling this game had, a long and painful loss.

The game got away from the Phils quickly. The Reds went up early, and the bats never had an answer for Arroyo. It was the perfect formula for a dull drubbing, the Reds asserting their will over an overmatched Phillies team.

KENDRICK’S STREAK COMES TO AN END

Kyle Kendrick hadn’t allowed more than two runs in any start since he allowed five to the Royals in his 2013 debut. That streak swiftly came to an end today when he served up a second inning meatball to Ryan Hanigan, who sent it into the seats in left to give the Reds a 3-0 lead. The homer looked to be a portentous sign of how things would go for Kendrick today.

He would calm down, though. And while Kendrick didn’t pitch a great game–the Reds hit a lot of balls hard off him–he did manage to limit the runs after Hanigan’s long ball. In fact, I’d even argue that the fourth run Kendrick allowed was more on bad managing than Kendrick himself.

It looked like he’d be lifted for a pinch hitter after five when he had over 90 pitches, but Charlie Manuel inexplicably let him hit with a runner on first and two outs in the fifth. Kendrick struck out to end the inning, and went on to allow another run in the sixth. There was absolutely no reason to let Kendrick pitch in that spot and it cost the Phils a run–not that it would matter in the end. Kendrick’s final line looked like this: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. It was no doubt a battle for KK, as he failed to record a single 1-2-3 inning. A definite throwaway game.

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Phillies End Road Trip with Comeback over D’Backs

Posted by Pat Gallen, Sun, May 12, 2013 07:36 PM Comments: 9

Just the way they drew it up, I’m sure.

The Phillies somehow, someway, come away with a 4-2, 10-inning victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, finishing off their seven-game road trip 4-3.

Kyle Kendrick threw seven strong innings, again, but did not factor in the decision. He was hurt, as Phillies pitchers seem to be so often this season, by the lack of an offense. However, KK lowered his ERA to 2.47.  Brandon McCarthy, he of the 6.75 ERA going into the game, shut them down over eight innings. But everything changed when Arizona went to the bullpen.

Heath Bell allowed two runs on doubles by Chase Utley and Delmon Young, then an RBI single by Dom Brown to tie it at two. Then in the 10th, off a lefty who had not allowed a run all season – Matt Reynolds – Ryan Howard deposited a two-run single for the W.

Maddening. Frustrating. It all applies to the team. They win the first two of the road trip, the first against Cy Young candidate Madison Bumgarner, then lose three straight, then win the final two. They scored 12 runs the first two games, then 13 runs over the final five.

This team is impossible to figure out right now. But alas, they do what they had to do, and that’s win more than they lost on a tough road swing out west.

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Royals Destroy Phillies Home Opener Plans

Posted by Pat Gallen, Fri, April 05, 2013 07:22 PM Comments: 10

In what began as a beautiful day – sun shining, fans rocking – ended as a complete disaster thanks to a pitching staff that fell apart at the seams. The Kansas City Royals fell behind 4-0, but scored 13 unanswered runs, destroying the Phillies in the home opener at Citizens Bank Park, 13-4.

RUNS EARLY, NOTHING LATE

-The Phillies hit the ball well through the first three games. The problem was getting the runners in. Not an issue in the first three innings today. Ryan Howard brought home Jimmy Rollins on a single to right field to kick it off in the first. Domonic Brown got in on the fun with his first homer of the season, a launch to right field. Erik Kratz roped one out to left field two batters later. Kyle Kendrick just missed a homer of his own, coming inches short on the wall in left.  The Phillies would tack one more on in the third and accumulate nine hits through the first four innings.

-Wade Davis was pounded in those four innings, giving up the four runs on nine hits. Davis was decent out of the bullpen last season with the Rays, but the Royals flipped him back to a starter and start No.1 didn’t go well thanks to a Phillies lineup that worked long at-bats.

-After tallying four runs in three innings, the Phillies didn’t manage a hit after Michael Young’s single in the third inning. Only John Mayberry reached base with a walk. The Royals bullpen retired 19 of the final 20 batters that stepped to the plate.

KENDRICK GOOD, THEN KENDRICK BAD, THEN BULLPEN WORSE

-Kendrick’s cruised through the first four innings allowing only two hits. Eric Hosmer got the Royals on the board in the fifth with a bases-loaded, two-run single to cut the Phils lead in half. KK didn’t make it through the sixth. He was yanked after loading the bases giving way to Jeremy Horst, who cleared ‘em. Alex Gordon roped a three-run triple to the right-center alley to put KC ahead. With one pitch Kendrick went from good day to bad day.

-Kendrick had retired 13 of the first 16 batters that stepped to the plate, but could only get four of the next 11. Not good. After four promising innings from the offense and starter, the air was sucked from the stadium to that point. It got worse.

-Following Horst’s disaster was Chad Durbin’s mess and Raul Valdes’ batting practice showing. All told, the Royals cranked 19 hits on the day.  All told, the Phillies as a team have given up 31 runs in four games, the most in baseball. Their bullpen has surrendered 14 runs in 12 innings, not counting inherited runners that have scored. It’s early, but very soon that will have to be corrected.

RALLY?

-Pretty wild scene in the ninth inning. In a clear sign of sarcasm, the remaining 10,000 fans stood and waived their towels together basically until the final out. At least they went down swingin’.

 

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Phillies Player Review: Kyle Kendrick

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Sat, October 27, 2012 09:00 AM Comments: 12

PHOTO: AP

Kyle Kendrick is perhaps the most underrated player on the Phillies roster. You’ve heard the narrative surrounding him: year in and year out, he fills multiple roles for the pitching staff, usually doing a satisfactory job, and some nights doing a fantastic job, yet he still is the target of fan vitriol.

This season was perhaps the biggest indication of that, as Kendrick put together an above average year, appearing in 37 games and starting 25 of them. But he was still frequently made out to be a goat in the eyes of many fans. I believe the biggest reason Kendrick draws ire from the fans is his inconsistency. Sometimes he can look really, really bad. He was once again marred by an inability to achieve predictability in 2012.

Observe: Kendrick managed to put together two separate scoreless streaks of twenty innings or more during the season. They were number one and two for longest scoreless streaks by a Phillies pitcher in 2012. During those stretches, he was undeniably the team’s best pitcher. Furthermore, he posted ERAs of 2.89 and 2.95 during the months of May and August, respectively. At times, he looked elite. But–and with Kendrick there’s always a but–he also struggled down the stretch, when the team needed good starts as they fought to stay afloat in the race for the second wild card. His ERA from September 15 to the end of the season was a robust 6.59. On top of that, he posted an ERA near seven in both April and June. As usual, Kendrick played the role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personified.

Despite his inability to churn out positive results on the regular, the final numbers aren’t too shabby for KK. Among pitchers with at least 30 innings of work, Kendrick’s ERA of 3.90 was sixth best on the team, ahead of the likes of Vance Worley, Roy Halladay and Antonio Bastardo (although two of those three dealt with injury). He also posted a career-high in strikeouts per nine innings with 6.55 mark. Despite a high ERA in the second half of September, he finished with an overall second-half ERA of 2.87, with most of those innings coming while Kendrick was in the rotation.

The advanced metrics aren’t quite as kind to Kendrick, however. Fangraphs lists his FIP at 4.32 and his xFIP at 4.31. According to their calculations, he was good for 1.2 WAR (it should be noted that that number is double the amount of WAR Kendrick posted in any year from 2008-2011).

I believe the biggest question, though, is whether Kendrick was worth the money he was being paid or not. These things are always magnified following a contract extension, which Kendrick received during the offseason. That extension paid Kendrick $3M this season. Fangraphs says his play was worth about $5.6M. All things considered, it was a shrewd move for Ruben Amaro and the front office, as Kendrick proved to be a cheap but effective member of the roster.

At the moment, KK is earmarked to be the number five starter next year. If he could repeat his 2012 performance, he would be arguably one of the best number fives in baseball.

Grade: B

Read the rest of the 2012 Phillies Player Reviews here.

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Phils Win, But Nats Still Clinch NL East

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Mon, October 01, 2012 09:54 PM Comments: 44

Kendrick stymied the Nationals tonight. (PHOTO: AP)

A lights out performance from Kyle Kendrick, a two-run triple from Darin Ruf, a spectacular late-inning catch by centerfielder John Mayberry to save some runs, and a big strike out from Jeremy Horst to help the Phillies win a game with the NL East on the line. That’s exactly how you drew it up when you looked ahead to this first game against Washington in the final series of the season, isn’t it?

Probably not. But that’s how things went down tonight at Nationals Park in the Phillies 2-0 victory. Sure, the Nats won the division because the Braves lost. But they didn’t do it by beating us, damn it! With everything else in this 2012 season a lost cause, at least we’ll still have that.
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Phillies Grind Out Nail Biter Against Washington

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Fri, August 24, 2012 08:15 PM Comments: 10

Kyle Kendrick: Ace. (AP)

Yes, the Nats have a gigantic lead on the Phillies in the standings. Yes, as usual one of the teams in this inter-divisional matchup will be playing in October while another one wallows in the basement, and this year the shoe is on the other foot. Yes, the Phillies’ season has become a glorified audition for 2013. But, for one sweet night, behind the right arm of Kyle Kendrick, it felt like better days. It was throwback night at CBP tonight, 2007-2011 edition. And, just like in those better times, the Phillies found themselves on top, this time winning, 4-2. The pitching was superb and the offense did enough. It’s a formula that became quite familiar over the last couple seasons.

BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR CY KENDRICK

- Ladies and gentleman, you have a new ace, and his name is Kyle Kendrick. Alright, maybe that’s a bit extreme. But! Coming into tonight’s game, Kendrick had a fifteen inning scoreless streak. Tonight he kept on rolling, running the scoreless streak to twenty-one straight innings, before losing it in the seventh. Lately, he has been pitching like a bona fide ace.

- Tonight’s start was nothing to turn your nose up to. It came against a first-place Nats team that has scored the third most runs in the NL since the All Star break. And while he did allow a two-run home run to the final hitter of the evening, it came on his 115th and final pitch of the outing. It was disappointing that he couldn’t finish off the seventh, but that shouldn’t discount the six scoreless innings he threw to get to that point. Frankly, with a better bullpen, I suspect Manuel would’ve gone to a reliever after Kendrick walked Kurt Suzuki in the at-bat before he allowed the home run. Also, bear in mind those were the first runs KK allowed in his last three starts.

- Kendrick’s final line: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER,  2 BB, 3 K. I think everyone would take that from Kendrick every time out.

- Behind only Cole Hamels, Kendrick has been the Phillies’ best pitcher over the last couple of weeks. The coaching staff attributes this to KK’s heavier reliance on his changeup, which has become one of his main pitches during his last few starts. He’d once again turn to that pitch tonight, and the results remained positive. He may be on to something here.

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Phillies Get Swept Out Of Canada

Posted by Kieran Carobine, Sun, June 17, 2012 05:54 PM Comments: 46

Jim Thome makes home run history.

Losing 6-2 to the Toronto Blue Jays capped off the Phillies 12th loss in 15 games and the third time they have been swept in a series this season.

Thome makes history –

Jim Thome hit his fourth home run of the season in the second inning becoming just the fourth player to hit at least 100 home runs with three different teams.  The other three are Darrel Evans, Reggie Jackson and Alex Rodriguez.  Thome hit his home runs with the Phillies, Indians and White Sox.

Thome’s home run put the Phillies on the board 2-1 and John Mayberry Jr. added his own long ball in the third to tie the game at two.  It was Mayberry’s second home run in two games and fifth for the season.  Mayberry was 3 for 4 on the day.

While the Phillies did add six more hits today, they would fail to cross the plate another time.

Kendrick being Kendrick –

This was the third consecutive start Kyle Kendrick has allowed at least five runs.  In his last three starts, he has allowed 16 runs compared to only five runs in four previous ones.  Since his complete game shutout May 26, his ERA is tipping the scales at 7.59 in just four starts.

Kendrick is no ace, but he knows how to pitch.  Rich Dubee is going to have to put some extra work into this one.  I don’t want to see KK headed back to the bullpen.

Looking ahead –

The Phillies will, hopefully, enjoy an off day tomorrow before welcoming in Colorado, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh for a 10 game home stand.  This is a team leading the division, second in the National League, in hitting.  The problem lies in leaving runners on.  Better situational hitting is what’s going to get this team over the hump.

Philadelphia is sitting nine games back of the Nationals and six games under .500.  I won’t even try to pretend that I remember the last time that has happened.

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Phillies Drop Fifth Straight Game

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Wed, June 06, 2012 10:48 PM Comments: 148

Hunter Pence and the Phillies seem to have run into a wall during their current five-game losing streak. PHOTO: AP

The misery of Phillies fans everywhere continued tonight as the Dodgers managed to win another close game against the Phillies by a score of 6-5. The loss would be the Phillies fifth in a row, dropping them two games below .500. Coupled with a Nationals win, the loss puts the Phillies six games out of first place, eight back in the loss column.

KENDRICK DOESN’T ANSWER THE CALL:

- Kyle Kendrick had pitched well lately, and the Phillies needed him to step up and stop  a losing streak tonight. He withered like a flower without water in the face of the challenge.

- After getting through the first two innings pretty easily, Kendrick got hurt in the third by a single, an RBI triple,  and a John Mayberry error. The sequence would yield two Dodgers runs and give them the lead. Kendrick would follow that up by working himself into a one-out, bases loaded jam. To his credit, KK worked out of it without letting up anymore runs. But it would not be the end of the Dodgers scoring.

-  In the sixth, Kendrick would be charged with three more runs, though two of them came with Raul Valdes on the mound.  It was a disappointing effort for Kendrick, as the offense twice spotted him a lead, and he twice gave it away. To have the pitcher blow the lead when the hitters are finally able to score some runs perfectly encapsulates the season so far. When the pitching is going well, the bats are silent, and vice versa.

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Phillies Squander Many Opportunities in Loss to Nationals

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, May 21, 2012 09:56 PM Comments: 66

Gio was too much for the Phillies (AP)

Washington came out on top in the opener of the set, winning 2-1.

KENDRICK KEEPS PHILS IN IT

-Kyle Kendrick really struggled to throw strikes early, yet kept his team well within striking distance. His best inning was the fifth when he retired the Nationals on just seven pitches.

-Somehow, someway, Kendrick was able to finish seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits. KK struck out four and walked two. His final three innings were much better than the first four, which is what kept him in the game long enough. Overall, not a terrible effort overall.

-To end the game, the Phillies retired the final 17 Nationals that stepped to the plate after Ian Desmond’s RBI single in the fourth and Danny Espinosa’s walk right after.

OFFENSE KEEPS THEM OUT

-No surprise here, the Phillies offense could not completely figure out Gio Gonzalez. In the third, they had the bases loaded and got nothing out of it. In the sixth inning, they had runners at second and third with nobody out and again managed zero runs.

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