It had been 21 games since Kyle Kendrick took the mound as the starting pitcher.
The right-hander didn’t look as such, pitching almost Cliff Lee-like in his start. But that Lee guy will be pitching tonight in about two hours. Kendrick led the Phils to a 3-1 victory in the first half of the double-header.
Kendrick took a no-hitter into the 5th, losing it to the innings first batter Logan Morrison. The pitch to Morrison would wind up being the only mistake on Kendrick’s line, a solo homer to right center to make it a 2-1 game. Kendrick pitched five innings, needing only 78 pitches as he allowed a run on two hits while striking out six.
The rest of the Phillies bullpen, compiled of Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Brad Lidge and Ryan Madson closed out the game for the Phils.
The Phils got two runs in the 1st inning. Hunter Pence and Raul Ibanez each hit RBI doubles to give the Phils a quick 2-0 lead. The Marlins cut the deficit in half with the Morrison homer. The Phils tacked on one more in the 7th when Placido Polanco was walked with the bases loaded.
Game 2 of the double head starts at 7:35. Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44) is on the hill for the Phils and Alex Sanabia (0-0, 0.00) will be making his first start of the season for the Fish. Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz, who sat the first game, will be in the line up.
2B: Pence (36), Ibanez (30).
WP: Kendrick (8-6). LP: Sanchez (8-8). S: Madson (31).