Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kendrick cuts ERA in half, but Phillies lose with Blown Save in bottom of 9th

Kendrick Fightin Phillies pic
  Kendrick has the good game go for nought last night for the Phils

 Atlanta-   A double digit ERA is never good. Kyle Kendrick had a double digit ERA heading into the game last night with Atlanta. He knocked the near 18.00 ERA to an under 8.00 ERA in just one outing and along the way got down to better pitching, though he couldn’t get credited with the win tonight down in Atlanta. Kendrick lasted the bottom of the 8th inning in this strong showing.

 Fast forward to the bottom of the 9th. Ryan Madson had been stellar up to this point in the season, but he got his first blown save of the season after giving up some long balls to the Braves. He started the bottom of the 9th inning up 3-0 and then he ran into trouble. Mad Dog gave up a home run to Troy Glaus which also scored Chipper Jones who started off with a walk, then young phenom Jason Heyward homered to deep right center, tying the game for the Braves.
  The Phils seemed to handle the resurgent Atlanta Braves team well until the implosion by Madson in the bottom of the 9th. The ballgame was lost in the 10th with a homerun by a guy who has been pretty quiet for the Braves so far, Nate McLouth. Jose Contreras was the losing pitcher for the Phils, as he gave up the long ball to end the game.

 This loss was a particularly tough one for the Phillies and Kendrick who should have had his first victory of the season. Kendrick lasted just 1.2 innings the last time he pitched against the Washington Nationals when he gave up 6 runs on 6 hits back on April 14th.

Tonight it will be Roy Halladay for the Phillies. He’ll take his 3-0 record into the game and be matched up against Tim Hudson, who is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA for the Braves. This game will be on ESPN as their Wednesday Night Baseball game.  

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