“Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!”
For all of you ‘Dumb and Dumber’ fans, you’ll recall Harry Dunne saying this to Lloyd Christmas after Lloyd traded in Harry’s Shaggin’ Wagon to some kid in a nearby town for a moped “straight up.” One can’t help but hark back to this quote when reflecting on Kyle Kendrick’s season so far.
Just exchange the word “dumber” in that quote for the word “worse,” and there you have it. Of course, Lloyd and Harry were two not-so-bright individuals in a classic comedy, and the quote was as satirical as you can get. However, it’s a pretty spot on analysis for Kendrick.
To begin the season, Kendrick lasted four and 1.2 innings, respectively, in two starts against the Washington Nationals. 15 days ago, you may recall a game in which Kendrick pitched an eight inning, four hit, no earned runs gem against the Atlanta Braves which the Phils lost after a blown save by Ryan Madson. Kyle’s next two starts were more like his first two of the season, as he was pulled from both games after five innings. Which leads us to tonight, a night which he totally redeemed himself. Again. Maybe the Phillies should skip Kendrick’s next two starts and let him rest for two weeks.
Kendrick’s line tonight: 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 walks, and 0 runs allowed on 93 pitches. He was taken out of the game in the bottom of the 7th for Greg Dobbs, who hit an RBI double to make it a 4-0 game. Kyle finally got his first W of the season, after Baez and Contreras slammed the door shut in the 8th and 9th innings.
Speaking of offense, the Phillies hitters were able to tag a previously-sharp Brad Penny for 3 runs on 5 hits in six innings of work. Penny hadn’t given up a homerun in 27 innings, yet Placido Polanco and Shane Victorino hit a two run and a solo homerun, respectively.
Another Cardinal who’s frustrated in Philly has to be Albert Pujols. Coming into this 4 game series, Pujols was batting .340 with 7 HRs and 24 RBIs. He’s gone 3-13 with no RBIS against the Phils through tonight’s game, on 2 singles and 1 double.
After seemingly ominous start to the series on Monday in a 6-3 loss, the Phillies have shown the same resilience they have over the past few years, especially with the amount of players they have inured (Juan Castro left the game after tweaking his hamstring while beating out a ground ball for an infield single).
All in all, a certainly solid and encouraging win for the Phillies, and especially Kyle Kendrick. They have a great chance to take 3 out of 4 from St. Louis with Roy Halladay throwing tomorrow afternoon against former Phillie Kyle Lohse.
Plus, no creepy looking 17 year olds or 34 year old aspiring DJs with marijuana in their pockets ran onto the field. So we got that goin for us.