Kyle Kendrick uses arm and bat as Phils edge Marlins
Sep 24, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (38) connects for a RBI double during the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
If Wednesday’s 2-1 win was any kind of final audition for Kyle Kendrick to remain a member of the Philadelphia Phillies past this season, he may have just gotten the job.
In seven innings Kendrick surrendered six hits while striking out a pair and walking just one. He now has ten wins for the sixth time in his eight year career, though his 4.61 ERA is a smidgen higher than his lifetime 4.44 ERA. It is realistic to think Kendrick may have thrown his last pitch as a member of the Phillies.
“It was a little emotional, I’m not going to lie,” Kendrick told the team’s official website. “I’m a pretty emotional guy anyway.”
The Miami Marlins didn’t get on the board until Enrique Hernandez doubled home Garrett Jones in the seventh. Though that run tied the game 1-1, Phillies’ manager Ryne Sandberg chose to stay with Kendrick even after he walked Jeff Mathis in the next at bat. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson then hit into an inning-ending double play.
The Phillies’ starting pitcher helped his own cause against Brad Hand and the Marlins as he doubled in Darin Ruf in the top of the seventh to put his team on top 1-0. Kendrick had a perfect night at the plate with three hits in as many at bats.
After Hernandez’s double tied the game, Philadelphia promptly responded with another run in the eighth. Marlon Byrd drove in his 84th run of the season as Maikel Franco scored the go-ahead run. Franco had two hits from the number two spot in the lineup and he is now hitting .189 in his young career.
Ken Giles threw a perfect eighth inning of relief for Philadelphia.
Fresh off a ten-game suspension, closer Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 38th save of the season in the ninth.