This series shaped up exactly like we all thought it would. The best left handed starter in the National League was shelled for seven earned runs and the duo of Vance Worley/Kyle Kendrick gave up a combined two earned runs. Seldom passable utility player starred offensively today hitting a three run home run and collecting four RBI. I can almost hear Whitey, “Hard to believe Harry.”
Kendrick was expectedly effective tossing seven innings allowing only six hits and one earned run. He was wild early, but settled down and made some big pitches to keep the Mets off the scoreboard until the bottom of the seventh. It is always a little shocking when Kendrick pitches well making any kind of analysis confusing. He did not record a strike out and relied on the ridiculous proportions of Citi field to record a few outs. Way to go Kyle.
Mike Pelfrey sucks.
This one looked pretty much in the bag as Kendrick exited the game handing the game to Juan Perez with an 8-1 lead. Perez proved to everyone why he is a career minor leaguer by walking the bases loaded. I am fairly certain that Perez did not throw a strike to the three batters he faced. Ryan Madson was called upon to get out of the jam. Madson will not be used in save situations until he gets a few more appearances. He induced a ground ball double play, but quickly unraveled thereafter. He allowed two hits, walked a batter and hit Rueben Tejada forcing Charlie Manual to turn to Antonio Bastardo. Bastardo got out of the inning and pitched the ninth as well. He allowed a run in the ninth to halt his scoreless innings streak at 18. Phils escape with a win 8-5.
Hopefully Roy Hallday can throw a complete game and keep these charlatans in the bullpen tomorrow. The Phillies travel to Chicago to take on the reeling Cubs tomorrow.