2012 Top Moment #8: Kendrick’s Shutout – Phillies Nation

2012 Top Moment #8: Kendrick’s Shutout

Photo: AP/Jeff Roberson

Kyle Kendrick certainly had an interesting season.  The 28-year-old spent the first half of the season alternating between the rotation and the bullpen.  Before his impressive run from August 14-September 10 (when his ERA was just 1.49), there was one start where Kendrick proved that he belonged in the rotation.

Entering May 26, the Phillies were a game over .500 and in the midst of an important series with the St. Louis Cardinals.  Because Vance Worley was injured, Kendrick would get the start.

At this point in time, Phillies fans weren’t exactly comfortable with the idea of Kendrick starting, but he changed some minds in this outing.  Kendrick tossed his first complete game shutout of his Major League career.  He allowed seven hits, struck out four, and walked nobody.

Not only did he pitch a great game, but he earned the trust from his skipper.  After the game, Charlie Manuel acknowledged that he would like to stick with Kendrick in the rotation for the time being.

Everything seemed to work for Kendrick  that night.  His location was terrific and his slider and change-up were working perfectly.  It was just a glimpse of what Phillies fans would later see out of Kendrick towards the end of the season.

You can learn more about Kyle Kendrick’s season by reading Phillies Nation’s 2012 Player Reviews.

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  1. Ken Bland

    November 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Not following this countdown too closely. So I’m not hip to if this is in order of biggest, but off the top of the head, tell ya what…,.this particular Saturday night special, V the then World Champs was to me the 2012 answer to the Willie Valdez game in 2011, the game that holds your interest and gets ya cranked with intensityas it goes. For his work that night, especially since it preceded a more than one pattern of real fine pitching, KK deserves higher than 8 without really thinking about other momentos. Thatwas one great performance. 94 pitch CGSO. Ooooeee Better than Doc’s Opening Day V the Buccos? Well, relativity counts, ya know? And spring velocity or not, you expect more from Doc, and you usually get it..


    November 5, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    It was a great game and a stellar performance by Kendrick, who seems to be getting a little better each year. Let’s hope the growth continues. His new-found change-up has been a real asset, much like Dave Stewart’s finding a split-finger pitch back in the 1980’s. Steward spent a very mediocre season with the Phils right before he was signed by Oakland and was taught the split finger fastball. Too bad he didn’t learn it in Philly.

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