Who didn’t see this one coming?
After three straight solid outings from Phillies’ starter Kyle Kendrick, he was due for a clunker. Kendrick lasted only 3.1 innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits and two walks.
Why would you say he’s “due” for a bad start you ask? If you look up his previous starts during the 2010 campaign, you’ll see quite a distinct pattern dating back until, arguably, the month of April. For every three quality starts Kendrick throws in a row, he starts throwing beach balls in his fourth start. You could argue that the term “quality start” is used loosely when it comes to Kendrick, however, for argument’s sake we’ll define it as giving the Phillies a chance to win the ball game. Look it up and see for yourself.
There’s no arguing, however, that Kyle didn’t give his team the chance to win the game in the least bit during tonight’s loss to the Dodgers. L.A. struck first in the top of the 1st on an RBI single from right-fielder Andre Ethier, and then twice more in the top of the third on RBI base-knocks from Ethier and left-fielder Jay Gibbons. Ethier in particular toyed with the Phillies pitching all night, going 4-4 with four runs scored and three RBIs, while walking once and getting hit by a pitch.
The Dodgers really blew the doors off of the Phillies’ pitching beginning in the top of the 4th. Kendrick was pulled after recording the first out in the inning for the recently recalled lefty Antonio Bastardo. Bastardo was welcomed by giving up three additional runs, giving L.A. four runs scored in the inning and a 7-0 lead.
The Phillies looked as if they were going to make a game out of it after the bottom of the fifth inning in which they scored on a fielder’s choice by Placido Polanco, which scored Wilson Valdez from third, and a two run homer from Ross Gload, making it a 7-4 ball game.
Any inkling of a comeback from the Phightins’ was quickly dashed in the top of the sixth inning, however, after the Dodgers scored four more runs off of reliever David Herndon, making it an 11-4 advantage for the visiting team.
There weren’t too many positives to take from tonight’s game, aside from the effort put forth by the Phillies offense. However, as mentioned before, it’s not as if you didn’t expect it.
Notes: LF Raul Ibanez lined a single to right field to keep his 17-game hitting streak alive, the current longest streak in the MLB; Domonic Brown belted his first major league home run to the right field stands in the bottom of the sixth inning, and tallied four RBIs on the night; Ross Gload hit two, two-out, two-run home runs (in the 5th and 7th innings); J.C. Romero managed to walk George Sherrill, a relief pitcher with zero regular season at-bats