There’s got to be money in that. Some of those guys must get hungry out there.
I’ve seen Kyle Kendrick work out of jams time after time over the past two years and it still isn’t enough for me to know whether he’s really good or really lucky. He’s definitely one or the other. Either way, the record will forever show that he threw six shutout innings last night to help the Phils get a much-needed win over the Florida Marlins.
Kendrick left one man stranded in the first, two in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth and one in the sixth. He didn’t get a double-play in the game and walked five batters.
Chad Durbin continues to be a workhorse for the Phillies out of the pen. After tossing two shutout frames with a five-run lead, Durbin has now thrown 63 innings in relief for the Phillies this season. One NL pitcher has thrown more — Washington’s Joel Hanrahan has thrown 63 1/3. Maybe that bill never comes due — but I think it will.
Of the 20 NL pitchers who have thrown the most innings in relief this season, none of them has an ERA that’s within one run of Durbin’s while pitching as a reliever.
The Phillies beat the Florida Marlins last night, winning 5-0 to improve to 62-51. The teams have split the first two games of the three-game set.
Kyle Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went six shutout innings, allowing four hits and walking five. One of the hits went for extra-bases, a double. He struck out four.
Kendrick walked Jeremy Hermida with one out in the first. Hermida was running as Cantu grounded to short and Rollins had to take the out at first. Josh Willingham flew to center for the third out.
Kendrick started the second up 1-0 and got the first two before Cody Ross singled to left. John Baker followed with a walk, but pitcher Anibal Sanchez lined to Howard at first to leave both runners stranded.
Hermida singled with one out in the third with the Phils up 3-0. Cantu followed with a walk, but Kendrick struck out Willingham and got Dan Uggla grounded to second for the third out.
The Phils were up 4-0 when Kendrick started the fourth, apparently frustrated by only leaving two men stranded on base for the last two innings. He got the first two before he walked Baker and then Sanchez. Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball to deep third and Bruntlett threw to second, but not in time to get Sanchez. Hermida lined to Rollins to end the frame with the bases loaded.
Kendrick finally threw a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. He got two nice defensive plays in the inning, one from Bruntlett and one from Rollins.
He got the first two in the sixth before Baker doubled to left. Lefty Luis Gonzalez hit for the pitcher Sanchez and looped a popup that Bruntlett caught cutting in front of Rollins for the third out.
Durbin struck out Ramirez and Hermida in a 1-2-3 seventh with the Phillies up 5-0.
He returned for the eighth. Jacobs singled with two outs, but Ross grounded to short behind him for the third out.
Durbin has been charged with one run in 10 2/3 innings over 11 appearances since June 11. He’s allowed six hits and three walks.
Madson threw a 1-2-3 ninth after throwing two pitches Tuesday night.
Three scoreless innings for the pen in which they allow one single. Durbin threw 23 pitches, Madson six.
The Phillies’ lineup against righty Anibal Sanchez went (1) Rollins (2) Victorino (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Burrell (6) Jenkins (7) Coste (8) Bruntlett. Jenkins in right against the righty. Bruntlett at third with Dobbs on the bench. Coste catches and hits seventh with Bruntlett dropped to eighth.
Victorino walked with one out in the first. Utley was next and doubled to right-center. Victorino scored from first to put the Phillies up 1-0. Howard lined to short and Burrell flew to left to leave Utley stranded.
Jenkins led off the second with a ground ball back to the mound and off the glove of Sanchez for an error. Coste was hit by a pitch before Bruntlett ripped a ball down the third base line that took a crazy bounce off the stands and into left-center field. Jenkins scored to make it 2-0 with Coste going to third. Bruntlett had a double. Kendrick hit a ground ball to short that scored Coste (3-0) and moved Bruntlett to third as Kendrick was thrown out at first for the first out of the inning. Rollins walked, putting men on first and third, but Victorino fouled out to the catcher and Utley flew to center for the third out.
Victorino doesn’t get it done with one out and a man on third.
Howard led off the third and got behind 0-2 before he hit a 1-2 pitch out to left-center. 4-0. Burrell, Jenkins and Coste went in order behind him.
Rollins singled with two outs in the fourth, but Victorino popped to short behind him.
Howard doubled to left with one out in the fifth. Burrell grounded to third and Howard had to hold second. Sanchez walked the lefty Jenkins intentionally. It put men on first and third for Coste. Coste hit a ground ball to third and Cantu tagged out Howard to end the inning.
Bruntlett led off the sixth with a single. Mike Cervenak hit for Kendrick. Bruntlett took off for second and Baker’s throw went off of Uggla’s glove and into right field. Bruntlett took third. The Marlins brought the infield in and Cervenak chopped a ball over Cantu’s head at third. It game him his first major league hit 11 days before his 32nd birthday. Bruntlett scored and it was 5-0. Rollins followed with a double into right that moved Cervenak to third. Victorino struck out, again unable to bring the runner in from third with less than two outs. Utley fouled out to Cantu who made a nice play in-between third base and home plate near the stands. Howard flew to left for the third out.
Phils can’t get more with men on second and third and nobody out.
Burrell and Jenkins went down to start the seventh, with Jacobs making a nice play on a ball hit hard by Jenkins for the first out. Coste doubled to left and Bruntlett was walked intentionally ahead of the pitcher. Durbin hit for himself and lined to first for the third out.
Utley walked with two outs in the eighth. Howard struck out behind him.
Rollins was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. He’s 4-for-his-last-8 with two walks.
Victorino had a terrible game. 0-for-4 with a walk and five men left on base.
Utley was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI.
Howard 2-for-5 with his 32nd home run. On August 7, 2007 he hit two home runs against the Marlins, which gave him 32 for the year.
Burrell was 0-for-4 and left two men on base. He’s 2-for-his-last-14.
Jenkins was 0-for-3 with a walk. He hit the ball pretty well, though. He once was retired on a nice play by Jacobs. In the second he could have been given a hit on the comebacker to the mound.
Coste was 1-for-3 with a double. He’s 2-for-his-last-16.
Bruntlett played good defense and went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI.
Cole Hamels (9-7, 3.37) faces righty Chris Volstad (2-2, 3.25) this afternoon. Volstad has appeared in five games for the Marlins this season, four of which have been starts. The Marlins took the 21-year-old in the first round of the 2005 draft and no Phillie has ever faced him in the majors. In 27 2/3 innings this season he’s allowed just one home run. Lefties are hitting .293 against him, righties just .227. Over his last three starts he’s walked seven in 17 innings. Hamels comes off back-to-back bad starts in which he’s allowed 14 runs in 9 2/3 innings.