After the second inning, I was getting ready to write a whole post bashing Kyle Kendrick. I even texted Heather asking her how I should write my post.
And he would have deserved it. He pitched 3.1 innings and threw 77 pitches. He allowed 7 hits, walked 3 and allowed 6 runs.
Yeah, he was bad. He was basically the anti-Cole Hamels from the night before.
Then the Phillies offense came to life in the 5th inning.
A single by Kevin Frandsen.
A double by Jimmy Rollins,
A double by Domonic Brown.
A hit-by-pitch by Chase Utley. (I texted my dad and said “That’s my Chase!” He responded with “Missed it, but I’m guessing a HBP?”
Then Ryan Howard doing Ryan Howard type things. Which was mainly Howard crushing a ball into the seats.
And suddenly the score was tied.
That is until the 7th.
Antonio Bastardo got 2 quick outs, and then he ran into trouble. He was pulled after loading the bases and Josh Lindblom came in. He immediately gave up a 3-run double to Dan Uggla.
By the time the bleeding stopped, the Braves scored 6 more times and the Phillies had no chance to catch-up.
Oh, and in the top of the 8th, Frandsen made us all miss Placido Polanco again. (Which happens just about every game anymore.)
With this loss, there is no way that the Phillies will be able to match their 102 wins from last year. Shocking isn’t it?
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