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Posted by Justin at 8:27 am ET 42 Comments


“Kyle Kendrick was stellar in what might be his last start in a while…”

–Marshall Harris, Phillies Post Game Live

Kyle Kendrick, out on the mound, winds up and delivers a sinister strike.  The umpire rears back and calls out Dexter Fowler looking.  Fowler wanders back to the dugout, shellshocked, as Kyle takes a victory lap around the mound and a light, confused cheer comes from the crowd.  Brian Schneider comes trotting out.

Brian:  Kyle.

Kyle:  Oh, you startled me.  What’s up.

Brian:  What was that?

Kyle looks around, perplexed.

Kyle:  What was… we just struck out Fowler looking.  Nice call on the sinker.

Brian removes his mask, his head darting around like a hummingbird.  He’s white as a sheet.

Brian:  Yeah, it was a great pitch… Kyle, am I having a stroke?  Because you should tell me if I am and this is like, a lucid dream or something right before I die. Read more »

Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 4:20 pm ET 43 Comments

Let’s be honest: A lot of us don’t like Kyle Kendrick. I’m talking about Kyle Kendrick, the pitcher, and not Kyle Kendrick, the person, who I assume is a pretty swell guy with a pretty wife who lets him pose in awkward and embarrassing photo shoots like this one.

But this is not about Kyle Kendrick, the person-slash-model-slash-perennial prankee. This is about how he manages to succeed, in some capacity, at a sport in which he is not considered to even be an average player.

Wednesday night, in a tie game against the Florida Marlins, in a game that is as important as a game can be in May, Kendrick was charged with pitching, at the time, the biggest inning of the game – bottom of the eighth, tied at three. This all in light of the fact that there were no fewer than three pitchers who were not only better, but available, and that he had to snake his way through the middle of the Marlins lineup, which, if you’re keeping score, is pretty damn good.

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Once again, Dash takes his literary styles on the road, this time stopping off at the very best site run exclusively by women who are particularly fond of a certain type of hit that is rendered uncatchable because it’s landed past the outfield fence, and if we’re lucky, caused some poor sap to drop his nachos. In this installment of “Cocks in the Hen House,” read about Kyle Kendrick, Vance Worley, and the final spot in the rotation as the 2010 nears its conclusion. [Chicks Dig the Long Ball]

Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 5:50 pm ET 31 Comments

Kyle Kendrick put the Phillies into an early hole that they were unable to crawl out of, as the Phils were unable to complete the season sweep over the Milwaukee Brewers. With the loss, they remain one game back of the Atlanta Braves in the National League East, while they risk losing ground to the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card.

Following a pitcher’s duel on Friday and a come-from-behind win on Saturday, the Phils were unable to muster much of anything on Sunday, as they fell behind early, thanks to a first inning, three-run homer from Prince Fielder that set the pace for the Brewers.

They got close in the second on two-RBI double from Carlos Ruiz, but it would be the last offensive attack they would mount on the day. Meanwhile, the Brewers tacked on a run on the third, the fourth, and the ninth, to pad their lead while Randy Wolf kept the Phils’ bats at-bay in seven-plus solid innings.

Despite the lack of an offense, the blame for the loss falls squarely on the shoulders of young Kyle Kendrick, who has very quickly worn out his welcome in the starting rotation for 2010.

For most of the season, he’s been an adequate starter, as he’d usually put up a handful of solid starts in between his abysmal outings, but counting today, he’s allowed at least four runs in each of this last four starts, putting up an ERA of 7.40 in that span.

With the rest of the rotation dealing and the margin for error becoming slimmer by the day, it is likely that we’ve seen the last of Kendrick as a starter this season, as the Phillies cannot afford to waste any starts while their playoff hopes are up in the air.

The Phillies will send out Vance Worley in the first game of the double header tomorrow, which is also likely an audition for the final spot in the rotation for the remainder of the season. This will be his second tour with the Phils in 2010, following his relief appeance back in July against the Colorado Rockies, where he struck out two in a perfect inning. Between AA and AAA this year, he’s compiled a 3.36 ERA in 158 Minor League innings, where he walked 46 while striking out 119.

All told, the Phillies won another series while picking up a game on the Braves to remain within striking distance of the division leaders, who play a three game set in Pittsburgh, while the Phils stay home for a four game series against the Florida Marlins.

Worley takes the bump for game one, while Roy Oswalt (10-13, 3.01) gets the nod in the night cap.

Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 1:29 am ET 33 Comments

Ryan Howard hit his first home run since July 27th, Brian Schneider added a three run shot of his own, as the Phils took the second game of the series behind a truncated start from Kyle Kendrick, who lasted five innings while giving up four runs.

They kept pace with the Atlanta Braves to stay three behind in the division, while staying 1.5 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card.

Roy Oswalt takes on Clayton Kershaw tomorrow in the rubber match of the series to bid farewell to the Left Coast and 10 PM start times.

Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:35 pm ET 32 Comments

The Phillies got very little going on offense for the third straight game, which may have been made moot by Kyle Kendrick’s poor outing. The right-hander allowed three runs in the first inning on one hit and three walks, which was more than enough for the Nationals and starter Stephen Strasburg.

Strasburg dealt early and often, holding the Phils to just one run on two hits before being removed from the game in the fifth inning due to an elbow injury. No matter, as their ‘pen held the Phillies in check the rest of the way.

In other news, the Phillies got first baseman Ryan Howard back from the disabled list, making it the first time since June that the entire Opening Day offense has been healthy and available to start.

Fortunately for the Phils, the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants both lost, meaning they keep their one game lead and 2.5 game deficit, respectively.

The Phils finish off the series on Sunday, when Roy Oswalt (8-13, 3.36) takes on Scott Olsen (3-5, 5.14).

Kyle Kendrick (L, 8-6) allowed five runs on nine runs in 5.2 innings. He walked four and struck out two.

Placido Polanco went 1 for 4 with a double (22) and a run.

Ryan Howard went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Stephen Strasburg (ND) allowed one run on two hits in 4.2 innings. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Ian Desmond went 4 for 5 with two runs and no bat flips.

Roger Bernadina went 2 for 4 with a homer (8) and three RBIs.

Ivan Rodriguez went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 8:46 am ET 7 Comments

Kyle Kendrick bounced back from one of his roughest starts of the season, as the Phils used their legs and two-out RBIs to take the final game of the series of the Mets, 3-1.

And after spending most of the last few months looking up, the Phils now share the lead atop the Wild Card, holding even with the San Francisco Giants.

Shane Victorino and Placido Polanco both knocked in two-out RBIs early in the game, while Carlos Ruiz added an insurance run in the sixth to cap the scoring for the Phils, who used nine hits to hand the loss to Mike Pelfrey.

Kendrick worked around three base hits in the first inning to put together another fine start, going six and two-thirds, while allowing only one run and retiring 13 of the last 15 batters he faced before handing it off to Chad Durbin, Ryan Madson, and Brad Lidge, who allowed one baserunner and no runs in the final two and a third.

After an off day on Monday, the Phils embark on a 24-games-in-23-days schedule, starting with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. Roy Oswalt (7-13, 3.34) will make his second start at Citizens Bank Park opposite Barry Zito (8-6, 3.44).

Kyle Kendrick (W, 8-5) allowed one run on six hits in 6.2 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Jimmy Rollins went 1 for 5 with a run and two stolen bases (12).

Shane Victorino went 3 for 5 with two doubles (17), a run, an RBI and a stolen base (22).

Placido Polanco went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

Jayson Werth went 2 for 3 with a triple (2) and a run.

Brad Lidge (S, 16) pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn the save. He struck out one.

Mike Pelfrey (L, 11-7) allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings. He struck out one.

Jose Reyes went 2 for 4 with a homer (8) and an RBI.

Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 10:51 pm ET 34 Comments

In what was the worst display of baseballin’ that the fans at Citizens Bank Park have seen in what feels like forever, the Phils were on the receiving end of a pummeling at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

They went to work on Kyle Kendrick, who has been pitching about as well as anyone as of late, with six runs in three and a third. The relief pitching was anything but, as newly called up Antonio Bastardo, David Herndon, and Danys Baez all failed to keep the Dodgers at bay.

It was an embarrassment of riches for the Phillies, who couldn’t pitch or play defense. The lone bright spots of the game were Ross Gload, who blasted two homers and notched six RBIs, Domonic Brown, who hit his first career homer, and Raul Ibanez, who increased his hitting streak to 17 games with a ninth inning single.

Shake it off, fans. The Phils haven’t looked this bad in quite some time, and hey, it’s better that they get all the suck out of the way in one game, right?

In the second game of the series, Roy Oswalt (6-13. 3.50) makes his Citizens Bank Park debut against Chad Billingsley (9-6, 3.82).

Kyle Kendrick (L, 7-5) allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 3.1 inning. He walked two and struck out one.

Ross Gload went 3 for 4 with two homers (6) and four RBIs.

Domonic Brown went 2 for 4 with a double (2), his first career homer (1) and two RBIs.

Vicente Padilla (W, 6-3) allowed four runs in five innings on six hits. He walked and struck out two.

Andre Ethier went 4 for 4 with a double (26) and three RBIs.

Jay Gibbons went 3 for 4 with a homer (1) and three RBIs.

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Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 11:39 pm ET 26 Comments

For the second straight night, the Phillies used the bats to down the Marlins, supporting another fine start from Kyle Kendrickt to hold fast at two behind the division leading Atlanta Braves.

It’s been nearly two months, but the Phillies finally won a series on the road since taking two of three from the New York Yankees in June. They did so behind Kendrick’s line of two runs over six, while racking up 11 hits to take advantage of a reeling Marlins team.

Ross Gload and Domonic Brown started the scoring in the top of the first with back-to-back RBI singles, putting the Phils up 2-0 on Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez, who was chased in the top of the fifth inning, when the Phils added two more runs on an RBI single from Raul Ibanez and a sacrifice fly from Brown.

It would be all the offense the Phils would need, as Kendrick and three relievers held the Fish at bay for the duration.

It was quite a night for Domonic Brown, whose three RBI night is his high water mark for the season. But his biggest moment may have taken place in the bottom of the third, when he gunned down Gaby Sanchez at home plate when he attempted to score on a single from Dan Uggla. He delivered a one-bounce throw to the plate and cut down Sanchez with feet to spare.

The Phils go for the sweep on Wednesday, with newly acquired Roy Oswalt (6-13, 3.53) taking on Chris Volstad (5-8, 4.71).

Kyle Kendrick (W, 7-4) allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck out five. He went 1 for 3 at the plate with a double (2) and a run.

Jimmy Rollins went 2 for 4 with a run.

Placido Polanco went 2 for 4 with two runns

Raul Ibanez went 2 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs.

Ross Gload went 1 for 3 with an RBI.

Domonic Brown went 1 for 4 with three RBIs.

Anibal Sancehez (L, 8-7) allowed four runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings. He walked three and struck out seven.

Gaby Sanchez went 4 for 4 with two doubles (26) and an RBI.

Mike Stanton went 1 for 4 with a homer (10) and an RBI.

Posted by Dash Treyhorn at 8:47 am ET 11 Comments

Kyle Kendrick was effective over six plus innings of work, while the offense summoned some walk-off magic to down the Arizona Diamondbacks in extra innings to complete the sweep and increase their winning streak to eight games as they move to within 2.5 games of the division-leading Atlanta Braves.

Offense was the name of the game for the Phillies in the first two contests with the D’Backs, as they downed the Snakes with nine and seven run outbursts. It was a different story on Thursday night, as they were held in check by Joe Saunders, who was making his first start for Arizona since being traded for Dan Haren.

Despite getting into trouble in the first inning, Kyle Kendrick was more than solid over six and a third, allowing just one run on four hits. He was staked to a 2-0 lead, courtesy of am RBI double from Carlos Ruiz in the fifth and a solo homer by Raul Ibanez in the sixth.

It appeared to be all the offense that the Phils would need, as they held a 2-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth, but a leadoff double from Justin Upton would turn into the tying run a few batters later. The D’Backs would load the bases with only one away in the ninth, but J.C. Romero induced a double play to end the threat.

After an exchange of zeroes in the 10th, the Phils finally struck in the bottom of the 11th, when Wilson Valdez roped a single into center field that scored Cody Ransom from second to win the game for the Phillies.

Valdez was the hero through and through, as he not only went 3-for-5 and knocked in the game winning run, but he turned two sparkling double plays – one in the seventh with two on and one out, and another in the top of the ninth, when the Diamondbacks had the bases loaded with one away.

With this win, the Phils move to 56-46 on the season and increased their season high winning streak to eight games. And what a streak it is! The offense that disappeared for what felt like an entire season has returned, with Ryan Howard and Placido Polanco doing their usual thing, Jayson Werth reversing his fortune, Carlos Ruiz keeping a steady bat, and Raul Ibanez getting on a hot streak at the perfect time.

But it’s been the contributions from the role players, like Brian Schneider, Greg Dobbs, Ross Gload, and Wilson Valdez that have helped push this streak to eight.

And with the recent additions of Domonic Brown and Roy Oswalt, The Fightins are sure to have a little more pep in their step as they heat up just in time for the stretch.

The Phils look to continue their winning ways with a three game set against the Washington Nationals, with Roy Oswalt (6-12*, 3.42) making his Phillies debut against Craig Stammen (2-4, 5.50).

*wins don’t matter

Kyle Kendrick (ND) allowed one run on four hits in 6.1 innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Raul Ibanez went 1 for 4 with a homer (9) and an RBI.

Cody Ransom went 2 for 4 with two runs.

Carlos Ruiz went 2 for 5 with a double (15) and an RBI.

Wilson Valdez went 3 for 5 with an RBI.

Jose Contreras (W, 5-3) struck out and walked one in one inning of work.

Joe Saunders (ND) allowed two runs on nine hits in seven innings. He struck out four.

Justin Upton went 1 for 4 with a double (22) and a run.

Miguel Montero went 2 for 4 with a homer (3) and two RBIs.

Esmerling Vasquez (L, 1-4) allowed one run on three hits in 1.1 innings. He walked three and struck out two.

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