Kendrick Denied Sweep

5 Sep

kendrick.jpgSunday saw another rough start for Kyle Kendrick and the Philadelphia Phillies.  Kyle surrendered a three run homer to Prince Fielder in the first inning and the Brewers would lead the game from that point on.  Kyle has really begun to struggle in his most recent starts going 2-4 in his last six and has allowed 24 runs in his last 30 2/3 innings… That’s a 7+ ERA.  As far as fifth starters go that’s not the worst it could be, but when you’re one game back in September and fighting for your playoff lives, you’re going to need a little more. 

Charlie Manuel couldn’t really offer much on Kyle’s performance post game.  “Today he made some bad pitches…It’s command.  The sinker is his best pitch, and that;s the ball he has to be agressive with around the plate… It all comes back to his command” Manuel said.

Kendrick’s fatal pitch to Prince Fielder came with first base open.  Chooch set up outside, but the ball flew right into the wheelhouse of Prince and he blasted it.  Hours after the game Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee was still steaming over the pitch. 

Elementary, Watson,” Dubee told CSNPhilly.com. “Chooch knew. You saw where he was setting up.”  It was a “Bad miss”  Dubee continuted. 

Being agressive is one thing, but with Prince in the box it was really the situation where you don’t want to give him anything that he can get the fat part of the bat onto. 

“It’s all my fault,” Kendrick said. “I was just trying to stay aggressive and minimize the damage. It’s my fault. You learn.”  Only September is not the time for him to be trying to figure things out. 

vanceworley.jpgKyle Kendrick is not soley to blame for the Phillies 6-2 loss to the Brewers as the offense did very little after the second inning. 

The Phillies failed to capitolize on the Braves loss to the Marlins which would have given them a share of the Division lead.  The one bright spot is that they didn’t lose any ground.  Taking the doubleheader tomorrow will bring them one small step closer.  Game one is still rumored to have call up Vance Worley as the Phillies starter.  It seems like a done deal to me. 

 Side Notes –

Baez – Should rehab in Triple A Lehigh Valley tomorrow.  Do you care?

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One Response to “Kendrick Denied Sweep”

  1. phillies_phollowers September 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Baez – nope, don’t care. In case you were wondering…lol

    Jenn
    http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

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