Kyle Kendrick pitched very well last night, but the Phillies are still struggling terribly to score runs. It hasn’t cost them last night’s game yet — the game was tied at 0-0 when it was suspended in the ninth inning due to heavy rain. It is scheduled to be completed late this afternoon before the teams play game three of the set tonight.
The Phillies have two hits in the game, singles by Young and Utley, and no walks. They have struck out 12 times.
Over their last five games, the Phillies have scored zero runs before the start of the sixth and two runs before the start of the seventh.
Kendrick has been the bright spot of the game for the Phillies so far. His start was outstanding as he allowed a pair or singles and two walks over seven shutout innings. He’s allowed two runs in 13 innings over his last two times out.
The Phillies are still 6-7 on the year. Last night they played eight and a half innings against the Reds. The game is tied at 0-0 and will resume tonight at 5:30.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks. Both of the hits were singles and he struck out four.
Zack Cozart singled to left with one out in the bottom of the first. Kendrick got Joey Votto on a ground ball to Utley for the second out with Cozart moving up to second. Brandon Phillips walked to put men on first and second, but Kendrick struck Jay Bruce out swinging 2-2 to leave both men stranded.
Kendrick struggles terribly against lefties, but not so much last night. He handled the lefty Votto for the second out in the first and then struck the lefty Bruce out to leave two men stranded. Neither of those guys (or their fellow lefty Shin-Soo Choo) got a hit off of him in the game — he gave up two singles, both to righties.
He set the Reds down in order in the second.
Choo walked with one out in the third. Cozart was next and grounded out to third with Choo moving up to second with two down. Votto was next and lined a ball into right, but Nix made an outstanding diving catch to end the inning.
Fantastic Nix who caught the ball in an all out dive moving forward to take a hit away from Votto. Choo likely would have scored started from second with two outs.
Kendrick set the Reds down in order in the fourth.
Ryan Hanigan singled to left with one out in the fifth. Pitcher Homer Bailey bunted Hanigan up to second with the second out, but Kendrick got Choo on a ground ball to Utley to end the inning.
Again Kendrick comes up big against the lefty to end the inning with runners in scoring position.
Kendrick struck out Votto and Brandon Phillips in a 1-2-3 sixth.
He got Bruce, Todd Frazier and Xavier Avery in a 1-2-3 seventh.
Bastardo threw a 1-2-3 eighth. Righty Chris Heisey hit for the pitcher Homer Bailey and flew to left for the first out.
Bastardo has now allowed one hit and two walks over six scoreless innings in six appearances for the year.
Aumont started the ninth and was ahead of Zack Cozart 1-2 when the game was suspended.
The Phillie lineup against righty Homer Bailey went (1) Revere (2) Rollins (3) Utley (4) Howard (5) Young (6) Brown (7) Nix (8) Quintero. Nix plays right against the righty with the righty Mayberry on the bench. Quintero catches with the slumping Kratz sitting. Revere continues to lead off despite a .276 on-base percentage for the season coming into the game.
The Phils went in order in the top of the first.
Young singled with one out in the second, but Brown grounded out to second for the second out with Young moving up to second and Nix popped to third to end the frame.
The Phils went in order in the third.
Utley singled with one out in the fourth, but was caught stealing before Howard struck out to set the Phillies down.
The Phillies have stolen 11 base this year and been caught four times. 73.3% safe. Revere safe in five of seven attempts (about 71.4%). Mayberry has no stolen bases and was caught stealing once.
Brown and Nix struck out in a 1-2-3 fifth.
Kendrick struck out as the Phils went in order in the sixth.
Utley struck out as the Phils went in order in the seventh.
Bailey struck out Young and Nix in a 1-2-3 eighth.
Lefty Aroldis Chapman started the ninth and set the Phils down in order. Kratz hit for Quintero and struck out swinging. Mayberry hit for Bastardo and ripped a ball towards third, but Frazier made a nice play to take a hit away from him. Revere struck out swinging to set the Phillies down.
The game will resume tonight at 5:30.
Lannan (0-2, 2.77) faces righty Mike Leake (0-0, 6.75) tonight in the final game of the series, which starts at 7:10. Lannan has two good starts in two tries for the Phils. Opponents are hitting .178 against him with one walk in 13 innings. Leake has also made two starts and neither of them has been good. Opponents are hitting .327 against him and he’s walked six in 12 innings.