Kendrick pitches well on surprise start

Kyle Kendrick gave the Phils 6 good innings in a surprise start. He got a no-decision in the Phils 8-4 loss. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Ryan Zimmerman knew he was going to get a strike.

With the bases loaded and the count full, the only pitch Ryan Madson could throw Zimmerman was a fastball in the zone. And Zimmerman smoked it for a walk-off grand slam to complete the come back win off Madson.

The Phillies and Madson don’t blow many saves. But tonight was an exception for the right-hander, who blew his second save of the season..

Ryan Madson blew a 9th inning save with a two-run lead and the Phils lost, 8-4, in the series opener against Washington.

Jayson Werth got the inning going with a lead-off single. Two more hits after that led to a 4-3 game. Madson intentionally walked the bases loaded to face Ian Desmond, who drove in the game-tying run on a bloop single. That set up Zimmerman’s blast two batters later.

Whoever is in charge of the grounds crew in Washington needs to be fired.

With an obvious storm approaching, Washington went ahead and started the game, which didn’t conclude too well. After facing three batters, Livan Hernandez was two pitches into his at-bat against Ryan Howard when the skies opened and it began to pour.

A 2 hour, 22 minute rain delay followed and the Phillies were forced to start Kyle Kendrick over Roy Oswalt.

Kendrick pitched six very strong innings, allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four. His surprise start came in place of Roy Oswalt. Oswalt will get a start as a batter and Kendrick will get one as a pitcher.

The Phils got on the board first with a four-run 3rd inning. Jimmy Rollins started the inning with a double and was driven in by a John Mayberry triple. Chase Utley then drove in Mayberry on a double and Ryan Howard’s single to follow made it a 3-0 game. The Phils tacked on one more on a Carlos Ruiz single to make it 4-0.

Washington got a run right back when Desmond hit an RBI double. Willie Ramos homered off Kendrick in the 5th to make it 4-2.

Oswalt will start tomorrow’s game (or later today) for the Phils.

2B: Rollins (22), Utley (17), Ruiz (19). 3B: Mayberry (1).

WP: Coffey (4-1). LP: Madson (3-2).


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