- Updated: July 21, 2014
Kyle Kendrick has had a very porous 2014. He came into Sunday’s matinee at Turner Field with a 4-9 record and an earned run average near five. Several of his wins have been bailout wins, and by that I mean his offense was able to outscore his poor outing. That has been a rarity this season.
He was given a 1-0 lead in the second when John Mayberry, Jr. hit a solo home run. Kendrick then allowed two runs to the Braves in the bottom of the inning when Chris Johnson took him deep.
Kendrick then had a disastrous third inning, where he hit two batters and also walked two, including one that forced in a run. The inning culminated with a bases loaded double by second baseman Tommy La Stella that gave Atlanta a 6-1 lead after three.
The Phillies managed very little offense against Braves’ starter Alex Wood, recording just three hits in 6 innings at the plate.
The game would be delayed by rain after the top of the sixth inning.
When play resumed, the Braves teed off on the Phillies’ bullpen. They worked four walks and scored two runs against Mario Hollands to push the lead to 8-1.
The final score was 8-2, and the Phillies saw their chance to take the series with the Braves get washed away.
The Phils did outhit the Braves 9-8, but left six men on base. The runs were few and far between as per the usual. Kyle Kendrick’s 4.87 ERA ranks 45th in the National League. He has allowed ten more hits than innings pitched on the season as well. His achilles’ heel has been the first inning, where his ERA is a lofty 10.80. If it’s not the first inning, it’s the early innings that he struggles.
The Phillies begin a seven game home-stand tonight against the San Francisco Giants. Cliff Lee makes his first start since being put on the disabled list back in May. He’ll be opposed by Ryan Vogelsong for the Giants. First pitch slated for 7:05.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
Photo Courtesy of Philadelphia.CBSLocal.com