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Kendrick, Bullpen Struggle in 14-5 Loss

Marcell Ozuna hits a grand slam in the Marlins’ 14-5 victory (Photo Credit: NBC Miami).

Kyle Kendrick’s winless streak continues.  The right-hander has been without a win since August of 2013.  In previous starts, the offense or bullpen could have been to blame, but tonight it was mostly his own doing.  Kendrick allowed six earned runs in 5 and 2/3 innings.  He surrendered seven hits, walked two, and struck out three en route to the 14-5 loss to the Miami Marlins.

The Phillies opened the gates with a 2-0 lead, courtesy of Ryan Howard’s RBI double and Marlon Byrd’s RBI single.  The Marlins quickly evened it up in the bottom of the first inning.  The Marlins played small ball for the first few innings, manufacturing runs on sacrifice flies, groundouts, and singles.  They took a 3-2 lead until Tony Gwynn’s RBI single in the fourth tied the game at three.

In the sixth inning, the Marlins took a 6-3 lead on Christian Yelich’s RBI triple.  The Phillies had a chance to take the lead an inning earlier, but Giancarlo Stanton made a diving catch that saved three runs.  Despite the Marlins having the lead and Stanton’s incredible catch, the game was still within reach for the Phillies.  That was until the seventh inning.

Trailing by three, Ryne Sandberg decided to bring in Jeff Manship. The plan backfired as Manship allowed a grand slam to Marcell Ozuna.  The Marlins took a 10-3 lead on the questionable bullpen move.

Domonic Brown added a two-run shot in the top of the eighth, but shortly after, the Marlins put up another four-spot, this time against Luis Garcia.

The Phillies will try to rebound tomorrow at 12:40 PM with Cole Hamels on the mound.



  1. Guest

    May 22, 2014 at 1:42 am

    I keep asking myself… why are Kendrick and Manship on this team? Team gets a lead in the first and you give it right back. Think it’s been 3 starts now he has given up runs in the first. Now throw in the 2 missed sacrifice bunts followed with the inning ending double play makes for a great night for Kendrick.

    • schmenkman

      May 22, 2014 at 7:55 am

      Kendrick is on this team because he’s a pretty good pitcher.

      Regading Manship, I can only guess that they somehow thought his 1.80 ERA in a small sample in spring training, against a mix of major and minor leaguers, was more indicative of what he can do than his career 6.42 ERA heading into this season.

  2. Hogey's Role

    May 22, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Big surprise

  3. Chuck

    May 22, 2014 at 8:10 am

    So we now have Kendrick who is a #5 starter, Hernandez who is a #6 and James Buchanan who is a #7…pitching as our #3,4 and 5. Wonderful. How is Ruben not embarrassed at this mess he’s put together? He should be walking around with a bag over his head.

    • Hogey's Role

      May 22, 2014 at 8:17 am

      I would put Hernandez ahead of Kendrick, maybe Buchanan too

    • schmenkman

      May 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Amaro should be embarrassed because Lee is going to miss some time? There are lots of reasons for him to be embarrassed but that’s reaching IMO.

      • Chuck

        May 22, 2014 at 10:30 am

        Huh? I never said he should be embarrassed because Lee is going to miss time.

      • schmenkman

        May 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

        Kendrick is only pitching #3 because Lee is missing time.

  4. wbramh

    May 22, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Yes, it looked bad yesterday but one touchdown in the red zone would have put them right back in the game and just one field goal away from squeaking out a victory.
    It’s so easy to forget that, sometimes.

    Damn the torpedoes and bring on the Savannah Sand Gnats!

    • Lefty

      May 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Calm down, Everything will be fine once our goalie begins to stand on his head.

    • wbramh

      May 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

      I’m staying calm, but every time the camera pans to Chase’s face in the dugout I know he’s thinking, “Why didn’t I defect to Dynamo Moscow when I had the chance?”

      • Lefty

        May 22, 2014 at 12:58 pm

        World blyaat Champions!

      • Lefty

        May 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

        or maybe “yebat”- seems there are several ways to say it. What a stupid language.

  5. wbramh

    May 22, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Kendrick’s not so bad – except when he’s really, really bad and then he’s really, really bad.
    Still, I rate him as a very passable #4 on most good hitting teams.
    But the guys behind him on this team don’t help his cause when they can’t push runs across the plate.
    And for once, I’m NOT looking at you, Cody Asche ($%*# that Giancarlo feller).

    Now Mr. Manship and mates may be another story.

    Sometimes a think the pen walks batters under the assumption that loading the bases prevents anyone else from occupying a base. Well, I suppose that’s true.

    • Guest

      May 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Kendrick has allowed 9 runs in the first inning this year and has an era of 5ish. Plus you have to throw him as part of the hitting. Twice last night with 1 out and runners on base he failed to get the bunt down and then proceeded to ground into an inning ending double play.

  6. c. schreiber

    May 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Sandburg QUIT in the 7th!!!! Anytime you bring in Manship & Garcia you have deceided game’s over. The P’s were only 3 runs down when he made the move and Schmeck don’t say no one else was eligible to pitch because he warmed up Bastardo in the 8th after Garcia put the game further out of any chance of comeback. BRING UP SOME OF THE KID PITCHERS AS THEY CAN’T POSSIBLY BE AS BAD AS MANSHIP AND GARCIA.

  7. Mike in NJ

    May 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Had Garcia been optioned yet? He’s worse than Manship

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