Kendrick Overshadowed By Madson’s Big Blow Job


Since it is highly likely that everyone is going to focus on the negative aspect of last night’s game, I figured I’d try and focus on the positive. Yes, it downright sucked to watch Kyle’s eight scoreless innings be flushed down the drain at the hands of Ryan ‘I give up two home runs in the bottom of the ninth to blow the save’ Madson, but let’s just remember that it is still April. There is a hell of a lot of baseball left to be played. And as painful as that was to watch, unfortunately it won’t be the last time we’re left angrily making use of our caps lock keys to spew obscenities all over the Twitterverse.

Kyle Rodney Kendrick came out last night and showed us exactly what he did in spring training: That when he’s aggressive, he can get the job done. He began his third outing of the season by throwing just 7 pitches to retire the side. After getting Matt Diaz to strike out swinging, he allowed Martin Prado a ground ball single to center field. But on the very next pitch, he got Chipper Jones to GIDP to end the inning.

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In the second inning, he threw 20 pitches and went 1-2-3 to send the middle of the Braves’ lineup back to the dugout without reaching base. The inning ended when Jason Heyward (or as Wheels referred to him before the game, man-child) struck out looking on a 3-2 slider.

With the bottom of the order up in the third, Kendrick went 1-2-3 again, getting 3 ground ball outs on just 6 pitches.

The fourth inning would prove to be Kendrick’s toughest inning of the night. With 1 out, Prado singled to center for the second time in the game. Jones followed that up with a double to right field and Prado advanced to 3rd. Suddenly there were two RISP with Brian McCann at the plate. After intentionally walking McCann to load the bases, Kendrick got Troy Glaus to ground into a 5-4-3 double play to get out of the jam and prevent the Braves from putting runs on the board.

Kendrick would go on to pitch four more scoreless innings to give him eight on the night, more than his first two outings combined. He threw 108 pitches in his exceptional effort, and hopefully quieted some of his critics in the process. The kid has got good stuff. He may have struggled quite a bit in his first two games, but he kept his composure and came back strong last night. He scattered four hits over his eight innings, walking just two and punching out just as many. 14 of the outs he recorded were ground ball outs, and his previous 17.47 ERA plummeted to 7.24.

Kendrick’s eight innings also tied a career-high for the RHP. His other eight inning outing came against the Oakland Athletics in June of 2008.

And on a significant yet unrelated note, Chase Utley is now just five hits shy of 1,000 for his career.

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2 Responses

  1. I felt so bad for KK after that game. To have not 1, but 2 great outtings squandered this week so far (first cole’s now KK’s) ugh it just makes me feel ill.

    Let’s hope that both of them continue to pitch how they did on these last 2 outtings and with Kentucky Joe feeling well and Roy being Roy, we should come out of this ok.

  2. Best game I’ve seen KK pitch in awhile. He should of went nine, regardless of Pitch Count. But there is no use talking about last night is yetsrerday; and yesterday is done and gone… history. Let’s just get at them tonight.

    Though I think if KK can pull two more starts like last night… bye bye Moyer

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