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Kendrick Struggles as Phils Snakebitten Again

No matter where you looked on Sunday, you couldn’t have liked what you saw. Even before the game started, something didn’t seem right. Ross Gload and Wilson Valdez in the starting lineup? Clearly, this was not the same group that has piled up runs the past four years.

And after the game began, there were more troubling sights. Kyle Kendrick reverted back to the shaky pitcher who struggled in his first two starts of the season, and the bullpen again revealed itself to be short on the shutdown arms needed in tight games.

The result was an 8-6 loss to the Diamondbacks emblematic of most of the Phillies’ problems this season.

After Greg Dobbs – another component of a lineup that many Phillies fans never want to see again – put the Phils on top with a two-run homer in the first, Kendrick managed to scrape by through four innings despite loading the bases in the second and putting two on in the fourth. But in the fifth it all caught up with him. Kelly Johnson launched a two-run homer – his fourth of the series – before Mark Reynolds slugged a bomb to one of the deepest parts of the park to give the Diamondbacks a 5-3 lead.

The lineup still did have enough juice to muster a rally, with Carlos Ruiz’s two-out, two-run single off starter Rodrigo Lopez putting the Phillies up 6-5 in the sixth. But the bullpen – which also bears little resemblance to the one that helped carry the Phillies to the last three NL East titles – simply couldn’t hold the lead. Danys Baez (6.43 ERA) allowed a leadoff double to Chris Young in the seventh, and he scored on a bad-hop single over first base by John Hester.

In the eighth, David Herndon (7.04 ERA) was momentarily saved by a stellar relay throw from Valdez to Ruiz to get Stephen Drew at home. But Herndon allowed an RBI double to Reynolds, the next batter. Then Young singled in a run to pad the lead, and the Phillies went quietly in the ninth.

The Phillies had a chance to grab some wins in this series against the D’backs, but thanks to struggles both on the mound and at the plate, they barely managed to steal one win, falling to 3-3 on a road trip where their record could easily be 5-1 or 6-0. Too bad, too, because the Giants’ Jonathan Sanchez and Tim Lincecum are waiting in the next series.



  1. BurrGundy

    April 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    “Snakebitten” is exactly the right description of our series in Arizona. We did not look like champions, losing two of three.

  2. BurrGundy

    April 25, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    The Giants are going to really test our mettle at the plate with their pitching. I hope Howard, Ibanez, Utley and Victorino bring their hitting gloves. And maybe the windy bay area will favor our pitchers.

  3. Jeff

    April 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I dont see how any of you think we are good enough to win the show. our pitching all around is pathetic. kendrick is worthless, moyer is old, and happ will be injured all year. hamels is never going to be the 08 hamels we know. NEVER.

  4. Pat Gallen

    April 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Jeff, first off have some patience my friend. It’s only 18 games into the season. I understand the frustrations, this team should have 2-3 more wins, but it doesnt always work that way. Good teams struggle with their bullpen all the time.

    That said, I think Kendrick was OK today. He got squeezed by the ump several times, forcing him to throw extra pitches that were turned into hits. The umpiring by Dale Scott was atrocious today, simple as that. So give Kendrick the benefit of the doubt there.

    No, Hamels won’t be the guy of old, but Dubee says he sees something and if he can figure out what he was doing right in those first 3 innings, he’ll be on to something. He’s a damn good pitcher.

  5. phatti

    April 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    1. This was a day that Charlie wanted to give a couple guys off. One of the big things people were saying is that he has to give the regulars more days off, and he’s trying to do that. The result is going to be occasional line ups like this–and hey, they still scored 6 runs.

    2. Before people like Jeff worry too much, let’s remember that here are the players who have been on the DL already:
    Our all-star SS
    Our 3rd starter
    Our 4th starter
    Our closer
    Our left-handed setup man

    Once we get our guys back, we’ll be in much better shape. And hey, we’re still in 1st place.

  6. George

    April 25, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    It was an odd lineup, but still got the job done, which says a lot about the Phils’ bench.

    And really, the pitching hasn’t been totally atrocious considering that a quarter of the staff are on the DL.

    I pointed out the other day that this series wouldn’t be easy. The D-backs have some talent. Their starters are inconsistent, but can be very good, and they have some dangerous bats. It would have been nice to take 2 of 3, but you can’t win ’em all, especially with two starters who aren’t supposed to be in the rotation.

  7. Choo Choo Coleman

    April 25, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    The NL East is standings are already starting to densely cluster. Even the Mets if they win against the Braves tonight will be +.500. Jayson Heyward .246, welcome to the big leagues. The Phillies don’t have much margin for injuries, prolonged slumps, or TIRED players. What is this BS about highly conditioned and supremely well payed athletes needing a day off from playing a satisfying sport for 3 hours? If you are healthy and you are the best player available that day, you play.

    Is Steve Jeltz aware of the ignominous PN award that uses his name? I can think of other ex-Phillies who could serve as a better model of futility for this award such as a Ted Kazanski (look him up). French born Steve was really quite a guy. Check out his mini biography at this site

  8. Di z

    April 25, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Even though we lost, you can tell our team is destined to get to October baseball. With all the injuries and lack of production. We’re still number one. And this is the time our team usually does it’s worst, so just imagine how we’ll be doing once July rolls around. Every loss is a sad one. But I’m glad we’re still such a great winning team.

    Hopefully we’ll have some Magic against the giants, then sweep the mets.

  9. Commissioner Selig

    April 26, 2010 at 1:24 am

    I don’t think that the fifth starter and a bunch of scrubs should be raked over like that…sometimes you need to let those guys get out there and take their lumps. It’s a long season, ya know. You gotta like what you see from those guys though, and do you really think a late april series with the friggin diamondbacks will show you anything about how the rest of the season is going to go?

    Kendrick did OK as Pat said, and the Phillies scored six runs and had the lead twice. You really going to blame this loss on the bats? As with most other teams in the league, it’s the bullpen to blame. Once Lidge gets back and Romero gets some more innings in, everything will come to be. I do agree about Moyer though, interesting to see what they get out of him.

    The Phillies went 11-9 last April…they’ll finish better than that with wins this upcoming week…no need to throw yourselves off the BFB yet

  10. Brooks

    April 26, 2010 at 4:51 am

    12 baserunners in 5 innings? Pat, maybe you would say he wasn’t “that bad”, I’ll say he was not near good enough.

    Herndon and Baez have both been a disappointment so far.
    After what they both showed in spring, I was hoping for a better result come showtime. Perhaps it’s nerves so far?

    I’m not sure but one thing for certain, if they do not straighten out and pretty quickly, come early May with the return of our regulars, there will not be too many questions or guesses as to who gets a bus ticket.

    Dobb’s shot was a thing of beauty. If I understood correctly, he has no hits other than his starting roles so far. Here’s hoping that will change.

    Maybe, just maybe when Howard and Utley regain their swings it will be in time for the homestand.

    4 games left in April. Usually an awful month we could wind up with 13 or more wins..

  11. The Dipsy

    April 26, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Its April.

    The Dipsy

  12. The Dipsy

    April 26, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Its April.

    The Dipsy

  13. bfo_33

    April 26, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Reading the post, you would have thought the scrubs were the reason for the loss, yet they provided most of the offense. Vic looks terrible at the plate right now – I know he needs to work through it, but unless we bat a pitcher in his place, their isn’t a downgrade bat on the roster right now. Valdez for Castro? Don’t get me wrong – I’m glad we have both, but there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two – Castro a little better defensively. Castro is banged up, started 11 straight games, and isn’t a youngster. Get Valdez some playing time now, once Jimmy is back, he’ll be riding the pine at best. While Dobbs is a downgrade from Polanco, he started out the scoring, and did ok in the field. I want to see PP in top shape in August, would start Dobbs every day game following a night game (unless a lefty starter).
    This was a game of lost opportunites – Lopez never should have made it through the 4th, let alone through the 6th. Kendrick is the 6th starter, and got stuck with an ump with a high zone. The bullpen collapse is dissappointing, but it shouldn’t have been that close. When the roof is open in Az, a 1 run lead isn’t safe.
    For anyone who has travelled for work – this would be a tough trip even if sitting in conference rooms all day. Playing 3 series in different time zones, long flights. Chartered flights are easier than what we have to deal with, but jet lag is jet lag. No reason to burn out the team in April. I like that Charlie is giving guys rest – it’s not like he is sitting hot bats. Taking 1 in SF makes it a neutral trip, 2 a success. Go Phils.

  14. Dave

    April 26, 2010 at 8:13 am

    We’re 7-7 when Halladay doesn’t pitch. Just found that interesting.

  15. Adam

    April 26, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I can’t stand watching Kyle Kendrick. He and Cole really mirror each other in terms of their outings. They look great for 3-4 innings and then lose focus and give up long balls. Why has Halladay not rubbed off on these guys? I get the strong feeling that after Hamels’ contract runs out in 2011 they will not attempt to resign him as he will likely look for #1 or #2 money and the Phillies will probably counter with a shorter and less expensive contract.

    While this road trip has been frustrating, the Phillies are still 11-7 without their all-star shortstop, a closer, a number 3 and number 4 starter, and a key cog in the bullpen. Think about how we would feel if the Phillies were 7-11. Also, by the end of April they will have played a grand total of 6 home games. Remember that the Phillies bats tend to heat up as the weather heats up.

    I do not think there is much reason to panic at all. We all have to remember that we have the ultimate ace in Roy Halladay and an offense that can explode at any moment. It is time to relax people. Lest we forget the days when the Phillies would routinely start 1-6 and have to fight just to get back to .500 by the end of May? I do not miss those days. Charlie has done a spectacular job keeping the ship afloat without Blanton, Happ, Rollins, Lidge, and Romero.

    Also, I really don’t see any team threatening the Phillies in the division. I think all the teams are between 80-85 win teams while the Phillies are clearly a 90-97 win team.

    Finally, anyone completely sick of Kelly Johnson after this series? He and Adam LaRoache just torch the Phillies.

  16. Chuck

    April 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Look at the bright side….we could be 4-10 …..or 2-12…..or 0-14…..when Halladay doesn’t pitch.


    Responding to a comment from some “expert” above:

    “The Phillies don’t have much margin from injuries, prolonged slumps or TIRED players. What is this BS about highly conditioned and supremely well paid athletes needing a day off from playing a satisfying sport for 3 hours.”

    This isn’t a leisurely game of shuffleboard that these guys are playing. The day in and day out rigors of playing a 162 game schedule, with all the travel involved, is harder than some may think. It’s good to give some of your regulars a day off once in awhile and to give your bench guys some playing time and ABs.

    Too bad we couldn’t have won yesterday. All the ingredients were there, but some miscues in the outfield, either due to guys not in their normal positions or from shadows/sun…… and some bullpen issues….got in the way of a victory.

    The offense DID score 6 runs. Gload got some ABs and Dobbs’ HR was a welcome sight.

    Relax everyone… our resident militant (his word), Dipsy said so eloquently…..IT’S APRIL.

  17. Bob in Bucks

    April 26, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Kendrick is the 6th starter. Moyer is the 5th. Kendrick is filling Blanton’s spot so it should not be much longer.

    Today’s loss resulted from the spot start the night before. While he did fine he only tossed 5 innings using the rest of the bullpen for the remainder. This left Charlie short in the bullpen with Herndon for the ninth.

  18. Don M

    April 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    With our #1, and #2 hitters out of the lineup ….

    our #3 starter on the DL…

    Our primary LEFTY setup man.. and our CLOSER.. on the DL

    I think we’ve started out alright..

    once we get everyone back, and healthy.. we’ll take off and still win the NL EAST by 10 games

  19. psujoe

    April 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    7-7 when Halladay doesn’t pitch. Awesome. Halladay wins game 1 and 4. We take 2 of the other 4 and only need 6 to win the series. Halladay in game 7 is insurance.

    Aumont 6 innings no hits yesterday. Sweet!

  20. Chuck

    April 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Nice breakdown, psujoe!! I LIKE it!!

  21. Chuck

    April 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Breaking news:

    Ryan Howard 5 yr extension, $125 M with a 6th year club option.!!!

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