The Phillies lost in spectacularly bad fashion by a score of 12-6 against the Braves last night, losing the 3 game series. Kyle Kendrick went only 3 1/3 innings while giving up 6 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks. Kendrick looked like he was sleepwalking through the game. He was awful.
The only thing worse than Kyle Kendrick’s pitching was his post-game interview. Nearly all of Kendrick’s stammerings after games give off an uncalled for air of righteous indignation, which is infuriating. Last night, he dropped this gem on the press: “I guess that’s how it is with me. It’s been, ‘What have you done for me lately?’.”
Aww, poor baby. Are those mean people picking on you, Kyle? Seriously? His reaction to totally sucking is to point out that people are unhappy when he sucks? Please excuse me while I vomit…
The most irritating part about Kendrick is that we all know he can pitch. We have seen him do it. But when he goes bad, he goes really bad and it almost seems as if he could care less. And so continues our ongoing frustration with Kendrick.
But even after those 6 runs, the Phillies battled back. Jimmy Rollins led the game off with a homer. Kevin Fransden had 2 hits and some nice plays at 3rd base. And Ryan Howard mashed a 3-run homer in the 5th to tie the game up.
However, mega frustration #2 showed up again after that: Antonio Bastardo. This kid should NOT be pitching in the 8th inning anymore. He clearly has lost whatever mojo he had last season. Bastardo gave up 3 more runs and then Josh Lindblom, newly acquired from the Dodgers, tacked on 3 more. Disgusting. Especially after the offense battled back like that, this was a serious kick in the gut.
The Phillies will have the day off today to wallow in this sickening loss before having to face the World Champion Cardinals on Friday. We can only hope that series will be better than this one.
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