The Other Side of KK

Yes, it’s a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story with Kyle Kendrick. The right-hander had one of his bad turns, getting shelled by a lowly Nationals team in an 8-1 loss.

Kendrick was ugly, allowing five runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched on nine hits and four walks while striking out two. He was wild and inefficient, the exact opposite of the young phenom on the mound against him.

Speaking of Stephen Strasburg, he had to leave the game early after making the Phillies look silly. Strasburg felt a pop in his elbow in the fifth inning. He had allowed only a run on two hits through 4 1/3 until he left. The news after the game was grim for the 21-year-old as his season is over.

The Phillies totaled only four hits with the lone run coming from an RBI single by Ryan Howard in the fourth. Three of the four hits were doubles.

Jayson Werth took the day off but if he had started, it would have been only the eighth time all season the projected starting eight would have been intact.

Luckily for the Phillies, both Atlanta and San Francisco lost today, allowing them to not sustain any damage in the division and wild card races.

2B: Polanco (22), Francisco (12), Rollins (12).

WP: Slaten (3-1). LP: Kendrick (8-6).

Boxscore.

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