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Gameday: Braves (63-47) at Phillies (50-60)

Atlanta Braves (63-47) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (50-60)

Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45) vs. Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45)

Time: 7:05 PM, Citizens Bank Park
TV: CSN
Weather:
Chance of thunderstorms, 88
Media: Twitter and Facebook

Kyle Kendrick appeared to find his place in the bullpen, but with the departure of Joe Blanton, he found himself back in the rotation.  Although he only spent  a short amount of time in the bullpen, there has been a slight difference (3.95 ERA as a reliever, 4.54 as starter).  Out of the bullpen, Kendrick limited hitters to a .231 average, opposed to .285 in the rotation.

Kendrick will be making his second start this month.  His last start came on short notice, as it was the same day Blanton was traded.  Kendrick only tossed four innings against Arizona, but the Phillies would like to have him last at least six.  However, sometimes the problem has been keeping Kendrick in games too long.   Kendrick needs to pitch effectively, but the Phillies also need to use him effectively.  Until Kendrick can pitch consistently and avoid the big inning, his job will be in jeopardy.

Ryan Howard will be tonight’s hitter to watch, especially after hitting a bomb to left-center field on Tuesday night.  Howard hitting the ball towards the opposite field is always a good sign.  Additionally, Howard has had plenty of success against Hudson throughout his career (.328 AVG, 6 HR, 1.110 OPS).  He went 2-for-4 with a double against Hudson on July 6, but went 0-for-4 against him on July 29.  Howard needs to get into a groove, and hopefully last night’s home run indicates that good things are ahead.

Gameday Beer: Today’s beer is Piraat. This Belgian beer is an Amber Triple IPA – and yes, it’s all that and more. It has a full complex flavor: citrus and spices to start with a sweet finish. Don’t let the pretty orange pour fool you, this dangerously delicious brew weighs in at a hefty 10.5% alcohol. Eat a light dinner with some Dutch cheese, like Edam or Gouda, a baguette and grapes. – By Brian

GO PHILLIES

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  2. DavidE

    August 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    It’s almost a letdown when Kratz doens’t get a hit.

  3. Tracey

    August 8, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    OH BABY!!!!

  4. Tracey

    August 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    AMAZING!!!! Really, I can’t believe it… I was hoping Ryan would hit a home run to tie it up, but I didn’t seriously think he would. UNBELIEVABLE!!!

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Kendrick needs to stay in the f@cking bullpen. Bring up Cloyd.

  6. Andrew from Waldorf

    August 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    The Phillies need to act fast and sign Ryan Howard to a long term deal.
    Now!

  7. phills_nills

    August 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    someone tell me why bastardo was pitching? What is wrong with Horst? Seriously his command since the all star break last season has vanished and should be sent down hey should have been sent down as soon as Mccann hit that grand slam before the all star break never trusted his command and it is what the bullpen defines this season bad command!!! walks bit like Kyle Kendrick tonight. Feel sorry for the offensive tonight did the hard work yet Bastardo and the bullpen crew let them down again!!!

  8. hot dog

    August 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Nice job of managing. Lets walk Janish to get to the pitcher in the second. We all know Hudson can hit. Then we have the same situation as a month ago with Bastardo. Walks Chipper to get to Freeman has two strikes then walks him. Throw a freaking strike. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Something needs to change. Every move Charlie makes turns to crap. Oh lets let kendrick in an extra inning to give up two run homer. Just bad. By the way when Kendrick was giving up the runs in the second all Mcarthy cared about was singing Wheels happy birthday. Terrible.

  9. Cs

    August 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    This should do Kendrick in as a starter, but I said that about Bastardo and the grandslam. Wow, a painful ass game.

  10. Double Trouble Del

    August 8, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Some random thoughts-I laugh every time Durbin has an impact on a game. Lindblom looks like he was born to pitch in the Phillies bullpen and Bastardo is a complete head case. Nice job RAJ, you fleeced the Dodgers and Giants this year.

  11. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 8, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Dear Cholly Marbles,
    Antonio hasn’t seen his shrink, and we’ve been waiting a year for him to come back around. It’s quite obvious he is not an eight inning guy. Let’s give Horst a chance there; he’s earned it.
    Sincerely,
    Ed Delahanty.

    • Double Trouble Del

      August 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      He pitched the 7th.

  12. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Sorry. I meant the seventh. Lol. Lost a lot of brain cells watching that implosion.

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