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Kendrick looks good in spot start

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).



Doubleheader Preview: vs Florida Marlins

PHI: 95-51, 1st in NL East; FLA: 67-81, 5th in NL East

When: September 15
Where: Citizens Bank Park

Probable Pitchers
Game 1, 2:35: Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.29) vs Anibal Sanchez (8-7, 3.64)
Game 2, 7:35: Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.44) vs Alex Sanabia (0-0, 0.00)

Game 1 lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Pence RF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Orr 2B, Schneider C, Martinez SS and Kendrick SP
Game 2 lineup: check back after the first game

The skies are clear and there are no signs of a hurricane for this day/night doubleheader.

The Phils have inserted Kyle Kendrick into the rotation for the double header in order to keep normal rest for his starters. After we’re done watching Kendrick do something that resembles pitching, the planets will realign when Cliff Lee takes the hill for the nightcap.

Also, Chase Utley could return today. He’s not in the Game 1 line up but there is a chance he could play tonight.

Phils denied their protest

The Phillies were denied their protest from Friday’s loss in Florida, reported Todd Zolecki. Life goes on.

What David Hale tweeted, though, has been on mymind since Friday night when Joe West played commissioner and made up his own instant replay rules.

“The appeal denial is not surprising. What’ll be interesting is to see how much the replay rule may change this offseason.”

It shouldn’t, but it certainly will raise up the discussion this off season. Hopefully people will see the harm it does in taking the human aspect out of baseball.

Phillies lose playing under protest

Ryan Howard hits during the Phillies 5-4 loss in 14 innings. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The argument for instant replay just took a slap to the face.

Joe West over-stepped his boundaries as an umpire during the Phillies loss over Florida. His controversial out call that would have led to two Phillies runs almost cost them the game, in which they played under protest and lost.

David Herndon walked in the winning run with the bases loaded as the Phillies lost the game under protest in the 14th inning.

The play: In the 6th inning, Hunter Pence hit an opposite fly ball to right field. Right fielder Bryan Peterson hustled to make a play, leapt and the ball rolled away from him, allowing Ryan Howard to advance to third and Pence to walk into 2nd with a double.

First base umpire Joe West granted Marlins manager Jack McKeon his request for instant replay on a double and see if a fan interefered with the ball. Two fans touched the ball, preventing Peterson from making a play and he called Pence out.

An irate Charlie Manuel was tossed and a call was made up to the press box to an official scorer that the Phillies would play the game under protest.

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Hamels looks sharp after settling in

Cole Hamels was throwing fire in Cincy this past Monday. Though that wasn’t the case tonight against the Marlins, he still looked sharp in the final four innings of his second start coming off a shoulder injury.

Unfortunately for the rest of the pitching, their nights didn’t go as well. The Marlins jumped all over Antonio Bastardo and David Herndon, winning in come-from-behind fashion, 8-4.

After Bastardo lost two batters he was ahead on by walking them, he was pulled in favor of Herndon. Herndon served up three meatball pitches to Gabby Sanchez for a three-run homer and to Mike Cameron and Greg Dobbs for a pair of solo shots as the Marlins took the 8-4 lead.

But back to Hamels. The left-hander was hit hard in the 2nd and 3rd innings before settling in and seemingly cruising to another winning decision. Cameron hit his first home run of the night off Hamels in the 2nd, a two-run shot. The following inning, Mike Stanton hit a laser out of the yard to tie the game at three.

Wilson Valdez had a two-run triple for the Phillies, highlighting their offense. Hamels has a nice two-hit night at the plate, driving in a pair of runs.

2B: Howard (27). 3B: Valdez (4).

WP: Mujica (9-5). LP: Bastardo (6-1).


Phils push streak to five

Tonight became the first time in Phillies history – yea, 129 years, that the Phillies clocked in at 42 games over .500.

Thanks to a little more love from John Mayberry Jr, the Phils, the Phillies went on to a 5-3 win over Florida. Mayberry drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer in the 5th that helped the Phillies stay ahead of the Fish. Their magic number to win the division is now down to 21 games.

Mayberry drove starter Brad Hand’s offering over the left field wall for his 13th homer of the season, giving the Phillies a 3-2 lead. But the offense blew a scoring opportunity later in the inning as the score remained the same.

They tacked on a run in eahc of the next two innings while the Marlins could only managed one more.

Starter Roy Oswalt looked much better in this start, going 6 1/3 innings while striking out seven. He scattered three runs on eight hits and a walk.

On a side note, Kyle Kendrick was placed on paternity leave and Michael Schwimer was called back up.

2B: Valdez (13). 3B: Victorino (15). HR: Mayberry (13).

WP: Oswalt (7-8). LP: Hand (1-5). S: Madson (27)


Series Preview: at Florida Marlins

PHI: 87-46, 1st in NL East; FLA: 60-76, 5th in NL East

When: September 2-4
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Oswalt (6-8, 3.77) vs Brad Hand (1-4, 4.08)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.58) vs Ricky Nolasco (9-10, 4.34)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.47) vs Anibal Sanchez (7-7, 3.97)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:10, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, CSN
Sunday, 1:10, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

This will be Philadelphia’s last trip to Florida’s Pro Player/Dolphin/Margaritaville Sun Life Stadium. The Marlins will move into a new facility next year. And in fitting fashion, Roy Halladay will pitch in the team’s final game. Perfect.

Today’s game has been canceled

Thanks, Irene.

The Phillies have canceled today’s game. There is no word on when the game will be made up.

The game should have been canceled last night so fans wouldn’t have had to make the unecessary trip or waste gas and money to get to the stadium to not watch a baseball game. That’s right, MLB fouled up this entire weekend by not having a double-header on Friday (even though Florida didn’t want to – pansies).

It will also force the Phillies to now play 33 games in the next 31 days to end the season. It’s a tough pill to swallow with Jimmy Rollins on the DL and Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez not fully healthy. That’s also not to mention Cole Hamels’ shoulder and worries on Roy Oswalt’s back.

Oswalt’s fastball lacks zip; gets popped hard

I frustrated Roy Oswalt reacts after giving up a 6th-inning grand slam. The homer kept Florida on top as they held onto a 6-5 win. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

The ball was leaving the bat extra hard tonight for the Marlins. That was mainly due to the lack of velocity in Roy Oswalt’s fastball.

Oswalt mixed in a lot more breaking pitchers this go-around. And when he was using his fastball, none of the batters Oswalt was facing were missing. Instead, they were inducing some long fly balls that either fell in the glove of his outfielders or hurt Oswalt in the long run.

It wasn’t until John Buck’s 6th inning grand slam that the hard-hit balls really damaged Oswalt’s outing and set the tone for the Marlins 6-5 win on Friday.

Oswalt was not on his good stuff, especially the good stuff that allowed him to pitch eight scoreless innings in his last start against Washington. Oswalt allowed six runs, five earned on 12 hits and a walk. He mustered only two strike outs. He three 108 pitches at that point too, wearing down the soon-to-be 34-year-old in a few days.

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Series Preview: vs Florida Marlins

PHI: 83-45, 1st in NL East; FLA: 58-72, 5th in NL East

When: August 26-27
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Roy Oswalt (6-7, 3.51) vs Clay Hensley (1-5, 5.47)
Saturday 1: Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56) vs Anibal Sanchez (7-6, 4.01)
Saturday 2: PPD

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 1:05, PHL 17
Saturday, PPD
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Logan Morrison: Morrison is back on the Marlins roster after a brief punishment trip to the Marlins AAA club because of his outspoken, but pretty accurate opinion on Hanley Ramirez as far as a leader is concerned.

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