Phillies Grind Out Nail Biter Against Washington – Phillies Nation
2012 Game Recaps

Phillies Grind Out Nail Biter Against Washington

Kyle Kendrick: Ace. (AP)

Yes, the Nats have a gigantic lead on the Phillies in the standings. Yes, as usual one of the teams in this inter-divisional matchup will be playing in October while another one wallows in the basement, and this year the shoe is on the other foot. Yes, the Phillies’ season has become a glorified audition for 2013. But, for one sweet night, behind the right arm of Kyle Kendrick, it felt like better days. It was throwback night at CBP tonight, 2007-2011 edition. And, just like in those better times, the Phillies found themselves on top, this time winning, 4-2. The pitching was superb and the offense did enough. It’s a formula that became quite familiar over the last couple seasons.


– Ladies and gentleman, you have a new ace, and his name is Kyle Kendrick. Alright, maybe that’s a bit extreme. But! Coming into tonight’s game, Kendrick had a fifteen inning scoreless streak. Tonight he kept on rolling, running the scoreless streak to twenty-one straight innings, before losing it in the seventh. Lately, he has been pitching like a bona fide ace.

– Tonight’s start was nothing to turn your nose up to. It came against a first-place Nats team that has scored the third most runs in the NL since the All Star break. And while he did allow a two-run home run to the final hitter of the evening, it came on his 115th and final pitch of the outing. It was disappointing that he couldn’t finish off the seventh, but that shouldn’t discount the six scoreless innings he threw to get to that point. Frankly, with a better bullpen, I suspect Manuel would’ve gone to a reliever after Kendrick walked Kurt Suzuki in the at-bat before he allowed the home run. Also, bear in mind those were the first runs KK allowed in his last three starts.

– Kendrick’s final line: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER,  2 BB, 3 K. I think everyone would take that from Kendrick every time out.

– Behind only Cole Hamels, Kendrick has been the Phillies’ best pitcher over the last couple of weeks. The coaching staff attributes this to KK’s heavier reliance on his changeup, which has become one of his main pitches during his last few starts. He’d once again turn to that pitch tonight, and the results remained positive. He may be on to something here.


– The offense did just enough to get the W tonight. They made Edwin Jackson work, and forced him out of the game after six innings. They probably could’ve scored more off Jackson, but it’s tough to complain when you win. Chase Utley drove in one in the first with a double, and Jimmy Rollins drove in two more in the fourth.

– They’d tack on an insurance run in the eighth when Utley walked, promptly stole second, and was driven in by a Ryan Howard single.


At this point, you know how dreadful the eighth inning has been. I can barely watch whenever the Phillies turn to Antonio Bastardo to navigate what has been the most treacherous series of outs all season. Tonight, they did just that. Mix in the top of the Nats lineup, and the stomachs of the entire Phillies fanbase collectively turned. But Manuel channeled his inner-Tony La Russa, opting to play the matchups instead of leaving Bastardo in for the entire frame. Maybe he should’ve stuck with Bastardo–who got Harper rather easily–because trouble started as soon as he lifted him for Josh Lindblom.

– A walk, a pitching change for Raul Valdes, a single, and the Phils were in a one-out jam, nursing a one-run lead. Valdes recorded a strikeout, and Manuel once again went to his ‘pen. This time, it was B.J. Rosenberg out of the door, in what would be a pivotal at-bat for Jayson Werth. Another struck out and, by some act of God perhaps, the threat was neutralized. Long sighs of relief abound.


-The Phils continue their series against the Nats tomorrow with Roy Halladay on the bump against Gio Gonzalez.

Click to comment



    August 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I’m afraid that if I praise Kyle Kendrick, he will return with a lousy performance. So, I’ll just say that he stinks and hope he continues to pitch great.

  2. Brooks

    August 25, 2012 at 4:41 am

    I think I heard Franske & Sarge talk about that some last night Bart. They said with his style of pitching just seems to dominate certain clubs and other clubs feast on him. I don’t know about that, I am much more inclined to believe what I have seen over the years!

    Regarding last night though, how strange was the 8th inning? I have seen Cholly pull the trigger quickly but nothing like last night. Is this a sign of things to come? Normally the thinking is throw him in there, let him get his arse kicked then throw some more crap in there and we’re buried but, you also knew that you would not see the culprit (say AB) for another 2 or perhaps 3 nights because “he was not available”. Now, each one of the relievers in the 8th threw to 1 batter (except Valdes, who can explain that) and what does this mean for tomorrow’s game? One batter faced – this should not affect them from pitching again.

    So we see AB come in and you could hear the collective “Oh crap..” sigh from Cherry Hill. Its not unusual for AB to get the first out and sometimes he even has made it look easy (like last night, as long as nobody is on base!). Then, in walks Lin-a-bomb – he promptly walks his only batter and Cholly pulls the trigger – yeay! In strolls Valdes which some of us are not too unhappy with him so far, in comparison probably but he gives up a hit, Cholly stays with him and looks to be a genius of sorts as LaRoche strikes out – two down. Next up is Jason Werth – all of us are way familiar with what he can do and probably wants to do vs his old buddies at this point, especially at CBP and Cholly struts in BJ Rosenburg, sporting an ERA of what? 11 something? An X Phillie coming to bat vs one of the worst bullpens we have seen in a long time and BJ comes up with some hot sausage… wow. The Phils (or was it Cholly?) strike out the side and that was pretty much the ball game.

    Are we going to see more of this from Chucky? I mean really, has Chuck been this latent strategist in hiding all these years and just now decided to come out (yeah right!)…
    What’s going on?

    Or better yet, was he napping and someone else calling the shots..

    • Lefty

      August 25, 2012 at 9:58 am


      The problem with facing only one hitter is that you still warm up like you’re going to pitch an inning. When you do that two nights in a row, and you really shouldn’t a third night. (At least that’s conventional thinking nowadays) The good thing is the Phils only have 7 more games before they can call in some more guys to help out.

  3. Brooks

    August 25, 2012 at 4:43 am

    BTW – it was really good to see some “Utley Ball” last night.

  4. artemis

    August 25, 2012 at 5:31 am

    ” … the stomachs of the entire Phillies fanbase collectively turned. ” Funny line! and I thought my stomach was alone! Thanks for the win Phils!

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    August 25, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Cholly did a Tony LaRussa impersonation last night. Lol. It worked. That’s all that mattered. Go Phils!

  6. Ken Bland

    August 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

    It’s a final now. The Dodgers and Red Sox have completed their much discussed deal enabling a 3-4-5 of Kemp, Adrian, and Ethier, with Carl Crawford in the mix.

    The big question is how large an ad will Shane Victorino place in the LA Times saying mahalo to THOSE particular fans. A short stay, but at least he’s in a playoff race for the rest of 2012.

    • Lefty

      August 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

      MLBTR has been jumping the gun lately, it’s not done.

      But if it happens-
      Shane could be back here on a very friendly contract next year. After watching some of the CF play the last week by Nix, Martinez and Mayberry, I would be very happy about that.

  7. Mike

    August 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Are the Phillies absolutely sure that the Dodgers sent them a relief pitcher? Maybe they should try Lindblom in CF, just to make sure they got the right player.

  8. smitty

    August 25, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I would not be surprised to see the Dodgers implode in 2013 – 2016 after accumulating the AL All Star team. It appears that once you run the salary package above 170 mill the teams (other than the Bronx crew) collapse. Too many stars, too many difficult egos, too much press and ultimately no young players to blend into the geezers. Dodgers grossly overpaid for alot of bloated contracts and malcontents – who wouldn’t be though playing for Valentine ?

    Another good outing by KK…and, Victorino, don’t put any nails into those locker walls for your pictures….they won’t be there very long.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Phillies Nation has been bringing Phillies fans together since 2004 with non-stop news, analysis, trade rumors, trips, t-shirts, and other fun stuff!

Browse the Archives

Browse by Category

Copyright Phillies Nation, LLC 2004-2016
Not Affiliated with Major League Baseball or the Philadelphia Phillies

To Top