- Updated: May 21, 2014
Kyle Kendrick’s last start was a hard luck loss to the Cincinnati Reds last Friday night. He allowed three first inning runs, and that ultimately cost him the game. His offense gave him no support, and a quality start fell by the waste side.
Tonight Kendrick looked to finally nail down his first win of 2014. This time his offense would strike first, in the first. After Carlos Ruiz reached on an error by first baseman Garrett Jones, Ryan Howard stepped in a drove a double down the left field line. Marlon Byrd followed that with a two single to center-field to plate Howard, and give the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
Even with an early lead, Kendrick would again struggle in the first inning. After recording the first out, he allowed a double to Derek Dietrich, and then walked Giancarlo Stanton. The next batter was third baseman Casey McGehee, and he singled to Tony Gwynn, Jr. in center to bring Dietrich home for the first Miami run.
With Stanton now on third, Jones then tied the game on a sacrifice fly, also to center. So for the second straight night the Phillies jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first, only to have the Marlins tie it in the bottom of the inning.
The Marlins would get to Kendrick again in the bottom of the third, when with one out, Dietrich hit a fly ball that split Gwynn and Byrd in right-center and reached the wall. Dietrich wound up on third with Stanton coming up. Kendrick minimized the damage of sorts, getting Stanton to ground out sharply to Utley at second. Dietrich scored and the Marlins led 3-2.
The Phils fought back in the top of the fourth, starting with back to back singles from Byrd and Cody Asche. Asche, by the way, is hitting .273 his last 10 games with nine hits and seven runs batted in. A welcome sign that the kid can bounce back, after a horrid three error game last week against the Angels.
With the runners at second and third, Gwynn lined a base hit to right that brought Byrd home to tie the game at 3-3. The next batter was Kendrick, and for the second time in the game, he grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Marlins would take the lead again in the bottom of the fourth, after Kendrick allowed a leadoff double to Garrett Jones, followed by a walk to Ed Jones. Marcell Ozuna then singled to center, bringing Jones home for a 4-3 lead. With runners now on second and third, Christian Yelich singled to left to bring Lucas home to make it a 5-3 Marlins’ lead.
The flood gates opened soon after that.
Kendrick finished with 5.2 innings pitched, allowing a total of six runs on seven hits. The bullpen did not fare well at all, combining to allow eight runs on seven hits and five walks in just 2.1 innings pitched.
The final score was a lopsided and embarrassing 14-5. Kyle Kendrick now has a personal 10 game losing streak, the second longest in team history. He also has not recorded a victory in 16 straight starts.
The Phillies as a team failed to win four games in a row yet again. They have not done so since June of 2013, almost an entire year between four game winning streaks.
Lost in the shuffle tonight was Jimmy Rollins tying Richie Ashburn for second on the Phillies’ all-time hit list with 2,217. He now trails only Mike Schmidt in career hits as a Phillie.
The Phils will try and take the series tomorrow afternoon when Cole Hamels takes the hill against Henderson Alvarez for Miami.
First pitch slated for 12:40 pm.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
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