Notes From Phillies’ 2-1 Loss To CincinnatiBREAKING NEWS, News, Phillies Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
- Who is that pitcher wearing number 38 for the Phillies these days? It can’t really be Kyle Kendrick, can it? Well, it is. Kendrick pitched very well once again in a losing effort, allowing just two runs over six innings. The righthander began the game with five scoreless innings before giving up two in the sixth.
- Kendrick has now lowered his ERA to 3.96 on the season. His work in the rotation over the last month has been nothing short of remarkable. It just shows what he’s capable of when he’s focused and pitching with confidence.
- Unfortunately, Kendrick would receive little offensive support to back up his solid performance. The offense managed just one run on four hits.
- Domonic Brown picked up the team’s only RBI of the night when walked with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.
- The Phillies had a chance to make the fourth a much more productive inning, but Nate Schierholtz lined into a double-play to end the inning. The outfielder hit a line drive to Reds’ centerfielder Drew Stubbs, who was then able to double off John Mayberry at second.
- There was some controversy over that play, as it appeared Stubbs caught the ball on a quick hop and the umpire still ruled it a catch. It was unfortunate, but that’s just the human element in baseball officiating, for better or worse. Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it goes against you.
- Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Erik Kratz were the only players that broke into the hit column tonight.
- Things got a little dicey for the bullpen in the eighth inning. Charlie Manuel hasn’t been at all put off by B.J. Rosenberg’s struggles at the major league level, and inserted the reliever into another tight game in the eighth inning. To the righthander’s credit, he recorded the first two outs of the inning before issuing a walk.
- Rosenberg was lifted in favor Jake Diekman, who gave up a walk on five pitches to Jay Bruce.
- Diekman was then pulled for Justin De Fratus. De Fratus walked the first batter he faced, but was able to get Scott Rolen to fly out to end the threat with the bases loaded.
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