Kyle Kendrick struggled again, walking five, giving up six hits, and allowing six runs in an 8-3 loss to the Padres. It was his second straight bad start, his second straight walk-heavy, hit-heavy start. His ERA now stands at a bad 5.01.
The Phillies offense did nothing to make it a game, however. They got two early runs — in the first they got two from a Ryan Howard ground out (of course) and a Shane Victorino single (the .285 hitter is one of two hitters performing above average right now). In the fourth they got one more run — a Greg Dobbs double (the other one performing above average, scoring Victorino (duh)).
Everything else — strikeouts (13 of them), pop outs, ground outs. The usual crap.
Once Kendrick left, the bullpen did a nice job keeping it close enough. Clay Condrey and Scott Eyre went 2.1 innings of shutout ball; Les Walrond gave up another two runs, lifting his ERA to 7.11. Rudy Seanez was brought back to the Phils after a 15-day DL stint; why couldn’t Walrond be the casaulty and not Mike Cervenak?
Anyway, another loss, another usual storyline. The Phillies are now two games in back of the Mets in the NL East with the loss.
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