The Phillies took an awful loss to the Giants Wednesday night, only scoring one run for Cole Hamels who was outstanding. Still, no win for Hamels.
This also put the Phillies in an unusual position, having to face Tim Lincecum on Thursday night with a chance to actually lose a series. They had not lost a series since mid-June. That streak would end against Lincecum.
Spot starter Kyle Kendrick would take the loss, although he did not deserve it, much like Hamels. Kendrick pitched well through six innings, allowing just two runs. But a lead-off walk and an error by third baseman Michael Martinez added one earned and one unearned run to Kendrick’s final statistics.
The Phillies offense had some opportunities to score as Lincecum walked four batters, but they did not take advantage. Chase Utley alone left five men stranded on base as he popped out once and struck out twice against Lincecum.
The Phils managed one run off the Giants bullpen, but again, missed opportunities were the plague of the day. As a team, the Phillies recorded only five hits in the 4-1 loss.
This was a disappointing loss for the Phillies who will have to face the Giants again in only one week in San Francisco.
Friday night’s game will feature Roy Halladay against the Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton. There has been some talk recently about how Halladay and Morton look alike, but personally, I do not see the resemblance:
Oh, wait a second….now I get it:
Twins, for sure.
Game time is 7:05pm on Friday.
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