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Phillies Club Brewers, Split Series

Mini-Mart came up with an unlikely two-run home run to help the Phillies to a victory today. (AP)

The Phillies salvaged a four-game split today by mashing the Brew Crew on their way to an 8-0 victory. The win allowed the Phils to finish their road trip at 4-3.


– There is a strong belief among many fans and pundits that Kyle Kendrick would be better served pitching out of the bullpen. The numbers certainly back that up. On the season, before today’s game, he had a 4.53 ERA. But pitching as a reliever, it dropped down to 3.95. But it is well-known that Kendrick prefers to start. Maybe he’s trying to make his case to remain in the rotation. In his last start, his seven shutout innings made up what was probably his second best performance of the season, behind only his complete game shutout. Today, he’d outdo himself, continuing to sling zeroes, this time for eight innings against a very good Brewers offense.

– Kendrick allowed just three hits, while striking out seven and walking one. He retired eleven in a row through the middle innings and was particularly effective against Ryan Braun, who went 0-for-3 facing the right-hander with one strikeout. It’s worth noting that Kendrick did receive a stroke of luck today, seeing how he had a 60% fly ball rate, but allowed no home runs against a home run-hitting offense. Still, goose eggs are goose eggs, and that’s all KK threw up on the scoreboard. He has now thrown fifteen consecutive scoreless innings. You’ll recall he twirled a career-high 22 consecutive scoreless innings earlier this summer.


– Today’s lineup was, shall we say, unconventional. John Mayberry hit third, Ty Wigginton played left field and hit fifth, and Michael Martinez was in the seven hole. If the Phillies were going to score some runs, they would need some unlikely heroes to step up and get the job done. And that’s just what they got, amassing fourteen hits and eight runs.

– Mini-Mart got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the second. The bomb was just his second of the season and fifth of his career.

– In the third, the Phils loaded the bases in front of Domonic Brown, who hit a bases-clearing double. Though Brown has shown a lot of patience at the plate so far–seeing four pitches per plate appearance coming in to today’s game–he’d be more aggressive on his double, hitting it on the second pitch of the at bat. The hit had to feel good for Brown, as he had struggled lately. (He was just 3-for-20 over his last five games). He also drove in a run with a single in the eighth. It’s important to remember not to be too critical of Brown when he struggles and too officiously praising when he does well. You can’t put too much stock in any single game, but instead must wait to see the whole picture at the end of the season. Today, he did a lot of good things, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a run scored on top of his four RBI.

– Brian Schneider, who has fallen by the wayside lately in lieu of Erik Kratz, also contributed to the Phillies scoring with a two-run double in the seventh to make it 7-0. It was Schneider’s second hit of the day in four at bats.

– Final tally: Eight RBI from three guys who were not projected as starters when the season began. That’s kind of the season it’s been, huh?


-The Phils return home tomorrow when they start a four-game set with the Reds. Roy Halladay takes the mound against Mike Leake.

– The Phillies are now 11-8 since trading Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. So, take that for what it’s worth.

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  1. Lefty

    August 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Big day for Dom Brown, hopefully many more to come.

    • Brooks

      August 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      Really? Sure, it would be nice. Chances of it really happening? Pretty slim.

  2. Lefty

    August 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    So much for that virtuous nobleman Melky Cabrera for admitting right away to using PED’s:

    • George

      August 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      I wonder how many Phils fans will still think he could be a bargain in free agency.

      I’ve expressed my opinion before: he’s stupid, a cheater, thinks of his own stats before his team, and now I can add slime wagon to my list. Slime wagons aren’t even worth the paper towels it takes to clean them up.

  3. DavidE

    August 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    One game behind the Mets! Phillies were 9 games behind the Mets at the All-Star Break. Phillies are 14-6 against last year’s playoff teams with a 5-2 record against both the Cardinals and Brewers and a 4-2 record against the Diamondbacks. Phillies are now 19-10 against the Central Division.

    Unfortunately, a 16-29 record against their Eastern Division competitors has wrecked the season.

  4. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 19, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Let’s keep up the KK stinks posts on this board…it must send a vibe to his universe where he becomes possessed by Orel Hershisher. Kudos KK! Nice job by Dom Brown and 3 hits by Frandsen?! Mini mart even hit a homer! As Ken had mentioned it sounds like an April Fools edition. Lol. Go Phils!

  5. Psujoe

    August 19, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Frandsen is playing just like he has the last two years in the minors. Krafz doing pretty good as well. The prospects the Phil’s got are looking pretty good. We could see 3 of the in the org top 10-15 next year.

    Anyone think KK could thrive in SD? KK for Heatly straight up or add a mid level prospect.

    • Ryne Duren

      August 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

      i’m with you joe! i’m still not sold on KK! his history shows that he can pitch a few good ones but you know as well as i that there’s gonna be just as many bad ones! as far as KK for headley? just freakin do it! i hope KK pitches good his next 2 starts so he’ll have more value come the off season. if KK doesn’t do it to get headley then throw in bastardo! that should do it!

  6. TheDipsy

    August 20, 2012 at 7:56 am

    PSU Joe. I like the way you think. KK + for Headley would be more like it. Headley has 73 RBIs. I don’t think Kendrick is equal value for Headley. Is it me….or DOES Kevin Frandsen just flat out hit? He does doesn’t he? Jay Floyd…..are you out there?

    The Dipsy

    • schmenkman

      August 20, 2012 at 8:13 am

      Jay may chime in, but Frandsen has certainly hit well in AAA: 1,949 plate appearances, .304/.358/.428 (.786 OPS)

      In the majors he has amassed 706 PAs over his career and hasn’t hit nearly as well: .253/.309/.342 (.650 OPS).

    • Psujoe

      August 20, 2012 at 8:19 am

      Frandsen has hit over .300 the last 2 years. I believe it was posted he was leading the international league in doubles before the call up. When Polanco comes back put Wiggington or Polanco on waivers and try to get more chips.

      Heck, at this point I’d take a serious look at eating some salary to get prospects from Oakland for Rollins in a 3 team deal to get the SS from Texas. Andzus(sp?). He might be available because Profare is their future and might take over soon. Cost some more prospects but doable.

      • Ryne Duren

        August 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

        hey joe! we must be drinkin the same crap man! i’m all for what you said! poly gone, frandsen our bench guy.headley our 3rd sacker, andrus our SS. and maybe we can sweeten the deal and send brown also and get balfour and m. taylor back! put ruf in left, get a centerfielder, have taylor fight for a r. field job, and we’re back in business! if rube can pull that off he’d be a genius.


    August 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Kendrick was great!!!!

  8. TheDipsy

    August 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Joe – I don’t think we’re gonna trade Rollins and I don’t think Prufrock is ready over there yet. If you think we are gonna contend next year, and I think we will, I guess you have to keep Rollins. He can still field his ass off. But please lets get rid of Wiggington.

    The Dipsy

  9. Psujoe

    August 20, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Rollins is just such a bad example for the rookies, but I do believe he’ll retire here.

    Still would try to get anything we could for Polanco or Wiggington.

    Asche up to .283. He’s raking. Maybe KK packaged with Asche for Headly?

  10. Chuck A.

    August 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Jimmy ain’t goin’ nowhere….so let’s just stop with all that talk. Frandsen CAN hit. Is he the 2013 3B??… least at this juncture? I just think Headley will be too expensive but if it’s KK+ then you gotta do it.

  11. Psujoe

    August 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Headley will be expensive, but not much power available out there. I like Frandsen a ton, but Phil’s need some RH power. IMO Frandsen > Wiggington. Really like Joseph, Martin and osullivan. Phil’s have enough to get Headley, but they can’t get ripped off like they did for Pence.

  12. Lefty

    August 20, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I’m not sold on Frandsen. Could he be a late bloomer, sure, but that’s kind of what we thought about JMJ last year, and Ben Fran the year before.

    The stats show that Frandsen doesn’t hit for power, and he doesn’t steal bases. IMO- You gotta have one or the other. That’s how you earn 2300 AB’s in the minors. Hope I’m wrong, we could use a low priced overachiever like that.

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