Kyle Kendrick did not fare so well in Hollywoodland last night as he got beat up by the Dodgers in 3 1/3 innings, giving up 7 earned runs on 9 hits. Manny Ramirez,
as anticipated, did major damage, picking up 2 RBI’s on a double in the 3rd off of Kendrick. The rest of the line-up followed suit as Kendrick was unable to stop the bleeding. And as adorable as I find Manny, I am afraid that J-Roll Smurf is going to have to perform some of his voodoo magic again and STOP Manny from beating up on my Phillies! This is just unacceptable. Maybe Manny should spend the entire game in the bathroom, and not just the 9th inning? I am all for that idea…
Despite the early pounding by the Dodgers, the Phillies offense did battle back and came within 2 runs, losing 8-6 by the end. They had 2 men on with 2 outs in the 9th for Ryan Howard who meekly grounded out to second to end the game. It was a valiant attempt at a comeback, but they fell just short. Howard did manage to reach the 100 mark in RBI’s for the season though. He is only the second player in Phillies history to reach 100 RBI’s with at least 30 homers in three straight seasons. Chuck Klein did it also: 1930-1932.
So, good news, bad news I guess. Bad they lost the game…good the Marlins & Mets also lost, so no ground lost in the standings. Another positive is that Wes Walrond had a good outing on the mound, going 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Perhaps a sign that he may wind up being useful in the pen after all? He does have a wicked scary breaking ball that seems to really fool hitters. Let’s hope he can be of some use. Another positive note was that the offense never gave up, even after being down by as many as six runs in this game.
Cole Hamels will try to bounce back tonight after missing out on his 10th win, yet again on Thursday. Another late one – 10:10pm EST; get out the toothpicks and prop open your eyes J Go Phillies!