Kendrick Leads Phillies to 7-2 Win Over Miami – Phillies Nation

Kendrick Leads Phillies to 7-2 Win Over Miami

After a disappointing two-game series in Cleveland, the Phillies quickly put it behind them and battled past the Marlins, 7-2, on Thursday night.


-After 96 pitches, 67 of them for strikes, in seven innings, Kyle Kendrick’s night was complete. He allowed seven hits and two walks, but kept the damage to a minimum by giving up just the two runs to the Marlins. Kendrick added five strikeouts.

-What Kendrick has done a solid job of all season is keeping runners on base. His strand rate coming into the game was 85 percent, 7th best in the National League. That number went up, as Kendrick left runners on base in the second, third, and fourth innings without allowing any damage on the scoreboard. In the third, he held the bases loaded, and that ability to keep teams from scoring in tight situations has catapulted him into a new stratosphere as a starting pitcher.

-Although his line was solid, Kendrick was lucky to come away with this sort of performance. What the numbers don’t really show was that Kendrick was not at his best. He left many pitches up in the zone and would have been hurt much more by a better hitting ball club. Alas, a win is a win, but Kendrick will have to do better next time.

-Great inning from Mike Adams. Hit 92 on the fastball, struck out two, threw 14 pitches, 12 strikes.


-Over his last 12 games, Ryan Howard is hitting .326 (14-for-43) with 4 doubles, 3 homers and 12 RBIs. The only problem is his lack of walks. With his eighth inning walk, Howard reached first base by way of bases on balls for the first time since April 12, a stretch of 16 games.

-Domonic Brown is also heating up a bit. Over his last eight games, Brown’s average has risen 60 points, from .206 on April 23 to .266 after Thursday’s game. Brown went yard in the second inning in an estimated time of 3.1 seconds according to Chris Wheeler, who happened to tell me that in the mens room after the inning. Too much? Brown also singled in the fourth inning and again in the eighth, a very good sign. “On pace” means little, but regardless, Brown is on pace for 22 home runs and a line of .266/.333/.426.

-Very productive fifth inning. Erik Kratz lead off with an 11-pitch walk and eventually scored on a Chase Utley sacrifice fly. It was made possible by an error on second baseman Donovan Solano off the bat of Jimmy Rollins. J-Roll then scored the fourth Phillies run on a passed ball. Great way to take advantage of a miscue and tack on some important insurance runs.

-Jimmy Rollins is struggling. He’s just 1-for-15 over the last four games. His average has dipped to .243.

-The Phillies added three insurance runs in the eighth inning. No matter the opponent, it’s been a struggle for them to add any runs late. Another positive.




  1. glutenous

    May 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Its the Marlins but a win is a win no matter who it is. Phillies need to sweep this 4 game set. At LEAST take 3.

    Phillies now 8-2 vs the Mutts and Guppies. 5-14 against all other teams. I think this says a lot. The Phillies seem to be able to beat bad teams but struggle against average and good teams. One game at a time though, and you can only beat who takes the field opposite you.

  2. DaveP

    May 2, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Glad Kendrick could go deep. Three more wins (hopefully) and we can get our heads above water before a tough stretch.

    Marlins are beyond terrible though. “On pace for” means nothing as you say, but the marlins are on pace for a 44-118 season.

    • glutenous

      May 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      A realistic potential outcome, I think.

  3. Lefty

    May 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Winning is more fun than the alternative.

    Just thought I’d add some intelligent thought to the board tonight. 🙂

    • brooks

      May 3, 2013 at 6:03 am

      Profound, thanks for the positive input Lefty!

    • Johanna

      May 3, 2013 at 8:37 am

      In keeping with the spirit of your comment…home runs are fun too!

      • Johanna

        May 3, 2013 at 8:38 am

        Especially ones that take 2.3 seconds to get out of the park. I think that’s what McCarthy said….

      • Johanna

        May 3, 2013 at 8:41 am

        Duh – 3.1

      • Lefty

        May 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

        How about the ones that give you a 3-2 lead when the score is really only 2-1? T-Mac is something.

  4. George

    May 2, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Kendrick leads the starters in wins, shutouts and ERA, and is tied for complete games, but he’ll have to do better?

    I think someone needs to read Seidman’s piece from a few days back. Personally, I’m tired of the negativity here, and I’m particularly tired of the negativity toward the one player who is doing better than expected since the middle of the 2012 season.

    • Johanna

      May 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Who said he had to do better? I am personally a converted Kendrick fan.

  5. Phillies fan from Germany

    May 3, 2013 at 4:16 am

    It’s great to have a #4 Pitcher and getting ace results so far. At least Kendrick, Lannan and Pettibone have enabled the Phillies to limit the damage so far. We still need the other three aces to combine for a way better performance if the Phillies want to go anywhere this year.

  6. brooks

    May 3, 2013 at 6:38 am

    It looks like the Orioles will be bringing up Freddy Garcia to start on Saturday. With the way the Orioles are hitting the ball, that shouldn’t be an issue.
    Imagine your 1-5 hitters, all but one hitting over .300 (and that is Nick Markakis, nothing to worry about there), the leadoff batter with 10 rbi, your #4 hitter with 29, your #3 hitter with 21..
    Yep, must be nice.

    • Ken Bland

      May 3, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      I was looking at the spring standings to see if there were any coincidences or correlations from spring play to 30 games in starts. The O’s stood out, at 19-9. No question it’s largely player skills that get it done, but to whatever extent, the culture and work ethic Buck provides down there sure can’t hurt. It’s a pleasure to see them off to a good start and a continuance of last year’s this can’t keep up mentality. Even though it’s a baseball traditioned town, you can’t expect miracles after year’s of losing and a non deep but still playoff year, and they’ve played 5 of 12 home dates before announced crowds if 15K or less. Hopefully, late spring and summer brings their attendance more in line with what the Showalter led Birds deserve. Overall, attendance is 3K ahead of a year ago. Their run differential is plus 25, eons ahead of last year that would at least suggest they are less dependent on luck this year.

      The spirit of Bill Hagy rolls on.

  7. Don M

    May 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Phillies are 5-14 against everyone but the Mets and Marlins .. .ouch… from Jayson Stark:

    • The buzzards are already starting to circle over the Phillies, a team that’s now 5-14 this season against everyone but the Mets and Marlins. But Phillies officials have told teams that have checked in that they still expect their club to contend and won’t even think about selling for another two months.

    The biggest buzz from teams eyeing the Phillies revolves around whether a sell-off, if it happens, would include Chase Utley, who is in the last year of his contract. One exec who says he’s done some reconnaissance on that topic says his impression is that the Phillies would approach Utley first and get a feel for whether he wants to go elsewhere. Utley’s contract allows him to block trades to 21 teams. He’ll be just short of 10-and-5 trade-veto rights at the deadline.

    • Ken Bland

      May 3, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      You have to believe that communication about Utley moving has already taken place. Now whether wider conclusions are drawn out of 1 possibity, who knows. But when the Dodgers lost Mark Ellis and started thinking in terms of getting Dee Gordon some work to take over 2nd base, that would have been interrupted by talk about acquiring Utley. The Phils may think they have a lot of time to see if they are buyers or sellers, and they actually might, but being behind 5 clubs for the 2 card with about 80 games before the trade deadline already has established some degree of uphill climb. Best to keep the seeds planted in mind and remember who’s worth getting back to.

    • schmenkman

      May 3, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Likewise, the Nationals are 8-1 against the Marlins and the White Sox, and 7-13 against everyone else (Mets, Braves, Reds, Cards). Are the White Sox better than the Mets this year? Doubt it.

  8. Ken Bland

    May 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Allen Lewis used to call it Phillie Fodder, and since I don’t have the creativity to come up with a title as we type, here are simply some general thoughts and informations of vital use to last night’s game.

    Turns out Fish World Series MVPs were Livan and Josh Beckett. But at least I remembered the Fish won 2 Series. Beckett won in 0-3. I forgot about Beckett. When Lefty said he thought they were both pitchers, I at least thought maybe Al Leiter won one. Seems like Al might have hung in South Florida on the ’97 chapter.

    I was blown away on the Vegas price last night. Disrespect for the Fish is fine, talentless bunch that is. And respecting Kendrick is cool, too. But the 2-1 price tag just shocked me. So it prompted high curiousiity how Pettibone and Nolasco would shake out, and considering the match up, the Phuls at 170/100 is pretty surprising. I assume Vegas is dying for Fish players, which is understandable.

    Early as it is to be thinking AS game, Kendrick’s start legitimizes thoughts of his meriting consideration for a 1st time appearance. Winning without his best stuff, especially early, is the mark of a good pitcher, and KK did that last night, though he was a lot better as the game went on. But if you multiple his first few starts times 4, and get the excellent numbers that they would be halfway in, unfortunately, it’s still not gonna be easy. Multiple reasons, too, no less. Obviously availability is a consideration, and IF he started the Sunday before the game, it wouldn’t help. Secondly, first year all-star caliber pitching is usually held against a candidate to an extent. It might be based on this season, but guys doing it longer seem to have edges. Assuming Chase is around, it’s not like the Phils will be hurting for a mandatory candidate. He might still make it, but unless he pitches superbly, people might overrect to his chances of making it.

    19 strikes of 22 pitches last night between Adams and Papelbon. Not too shabby.

    The creative Miguel Cabrera V the Phils RBI comp for the weekend finds Cabrera in excellent shape after 1 round. The Phils only had 5 last night, despite 7 total scores, and Cabrera had 1. But Bud Porter thought his objective to win the game and not limit Miggy’s ribs. He walked Fielder and Cabrera in EI, killing a game winning chance for the defending MVP, so at a 1-5 deficit, Cabrera probably has the Phils right where he wants them.

    I wanna see how smart the schedulemakers running The Game are. As they work on the 2014 map, it’ll be a major crime if the Phils aren’t in The Apple on Fathers Day weekend. It’s amazing that come that time, it’ll be 50, count ’em 50 years since The Senator threw a 1-2 curveball to John Stephenson, paving the way for a very underrated Rick Wise to complete a sweep of the Mets with a 6-0 shutout in Game 2. I won’t press my luck and ask Uncle Selig’s cronies to schedule 2 that dy, but it’d be right and proper. Wise was 18 years old at the time of that game.

  9. Ken Bland

    May 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    For the love of the baseball gods, would ya look at this…

    Comeback complete: Jose Contreras called up by Pirates

    Oswalt one day, Contreras the next.

    He couldn’t be next, could he? I mean, SOMEBODY has to be too old. No mention of name needed.

    • EricL

      May 3, 2013 at 3:57 pm

      Oswalt isn’t really that old. He’s younger than Halladay and one year and one day older than Cliff Lee.

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