The Phillies offense got off to a great start against the Cardinals tonight. But Kyle Kendrick couldn’t hold the lead and was pounded for seven runs in the loss. The Phillies fell to the NL Central leading Cardinals 8-4 in what turned into a rout.
Kyle Kendrick was shelled by the Cardinals tonight. Kendrick threw five innings, giving up seven runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts. It can be said that Charlie Manuel left Kendrick in too long. After Kendrick coughed up the lead courtesy of an Albert Pujols two-run homer, the bullpen should’ve been summoned. Kendrick followed to give up solo home runs to Skip Schumaker and Allen Craig, which put the game out of reach. The game was still in reach after Pujols hit his home run and could’ve been salvaged without giving up two additional home runs. But Manuel gambled with Kendrick and payed severely.
The Phillies offense started off on the right foot by getting to Cardinals starter Blake Hawksworth in the first inning. Ryan Howard hit an RBI double over the first base bag which allowed Placido Polanco to score. Shane Victorino also had a two-run single in the inning to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Raul Ibanez and Ryan Howard paced the Phillies with two hits apiece. After surrendering the lead, the Phillies didn’t have much offense.
This was the one game that the Phillies had a chance to win. Now the Phillies have three more games left against the Cardinals in this series. Two of them are pitched by Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter respectively. The Phillies need to focus and try to pull a split out of this series. The one thing that the Phillies have going for them is that Jamie Moyer and Joe Blanton have sub 2.50 career earned-run averages against the Cardinals. Let’s just hope the pitching is different for the remainder of the series.
2B: Howard (16), Ruiz (12)
WP: Hawksworth (4-5). LP: Kendrick (5-4)