The Phillies are the most unpredictable team game-to-game. Sometimes they come out and play well, like last night, and sometimes, well, they look like they don’t belong anywhere near a Major League baseball diamond.
Tonight’s game was an example of the latter. The Phillies combined a bad start with absolutely no offense, a bad effort from the bullpen, and a laughable performance in the field to put together a ghastly 13-4 defeat at the hands of the Braves.
LYLE KENDRICK REARS HIS AWKWARDISH HEAD
- During tonight’s broadcast, they showed a graphic indicating that the Braves are just 5-36 when they fail to homer in a game. I thought to myself, “Huh. If Kendrick can keep these guys from going deep, we have a pretty good shot here.” Easier said than done. Like clockwork, Chris Johnson, leading off the game, sent the next pitch into the left field seats to give Atlanta a 1-0 lead. It was an early indication that it was the dreaded Lyle Kendrick–the ill-equipped doppelganger of Kyle Kendrick who throws a flat sinker and makes getting outs about as difficult as landing a human being on Mars–that was pitching for the Phils. The Braves would tack on two more with a two-run dinger in the second from (Guess who?!) Dan Uggla.
- Kendrick was being tagged early and often. Even the hits that weren’t home runs were well struck. As good as he’s been against Atlanta in his career, he just didn’t seem to have it tonight. Not only was the ball hit hard consistently off him, he struggled to get guys out quickly. Runners reached base in every inning. Through two innings, he had thrown 44 pitches. Through four, he’d thrown 81. By the time the end of the fifth came around, he had fired 100 pitches and allowed 6 runs, 11 hits and 2 walks. It was then that Charlie Manuel mercifully removed the ailing pitcher from the ballgame.