Martinez’s 4 RBI’s back Kendrick
July 17, 2011
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Michael Martinez hits a three-run homer in the 5th inning. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
The Phils offense and pitching needed to bounce back in a big way in today’s game against New York.
And it did. But the help came from a couple of unsuspecting players.
Kyle Kendrick was on the hill and Michael “Mini Mart” Martinez was in the line up for the Phils. One pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the other drove in four runs as the Phils beat the Mets, 8-5, in the series finale on Sunday.
Kendrick lowered his career ERA against the Mets to a 2.24 in 28 games. He pitched six shut out innings before Mets batters finally solved him in the 7th. He had a lucky day, allowing six hits and walked three without striking out a batter. Surely, if a ball fell in the right place, it could have been a much different ball game.
One of the lucky plays for Kendrick came in the 3rd when Willie Harris doubled off the top of the right field wall. The part where he doubled was indented in and would have been a home run in almost any other park. The Mets didn’t score that inning.
Speaking of luck in right field, Martinez benefited from the infamous “Utley’s Corner,” only a few feet to the right of the indent. With two on in the 5th, Martinez lofted a fly ball to right field that just squeezed over the fence, giving the Phils a 4-0 lead. It was the first home run of the 28-year-old’s major league career.
Ryan Madson nearly gave the Mets the full momentum for a comeback. Coming into the 8th with an 8-1 lead, Madson allowed three runs and left the bases loaded in 2/3 of an inning pitched. Antonio Bastardo came in to strike out Justin Turner and end the threat. He pitched the 9th and allowed a run for his sixth save.
Jimmy Rollins had himself a three-hit, two-RBI day, driving in two runs on a single in the 8th.
HR: Martinez (1).
WP: Kendrick (5-4). LP: Pelfrey (5-9). S: Bastardo (6).