Analysis

Kendrick Kills Phils in 1st; Pirates Split Series

Kendrick buried them early (AP)

The Phillies keep finding new ways to piss the fans off. In Thursday’s 5-4, finale loss to the Pirates, Kyle Kendrick did them in before their first at bat.

KENDRICK KILLS THEM EARLY

-Sometimes, in baseball, it comes down to one inning. The Phillies were unable to overcome Kyle Kendrick’s awful start. He put them in a 5-0 hole they could not recover from. Unbelievably, he finished seven innings and settled down after the first, but the damage had been done.

-Can the Phillies keep throwing Kendrick out there? They’ve already made moves with Chad Qualls and Joe Savery to show they’re not messing around. Might it happen with Kendrick too?

NEW GUYS

-With Qualls and Savery being sent down, Jeremy Horst and Brian Sanches saw immediate action as the bullpen was wasted from last night’s loss. The new guys weren’t perfect but they got through without incident and kept the Phillies in it.

FAILING LATE

-The offense again let the team down. How many wasted opportunities late in games can there be? In the seventh they had a runner in scoring position and let that waste. Hunter Pence then goes yard in the eighth with no one on in front of him. In the ninth, Shane Victorino struck out on an ugly pitch in the dirt and Pence ended the game with a flyout to center. Missed opportunities has been a common storyline this year.

-Chase Utley struck out in his only at bat. Eh, it happens.

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