In a back and forth game with one of the oddest lineups we may see all year, the Phillies fell to the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6; losing their second series of the year.
The Philles took a quick early lead on the two run home run from Greg Dobbs. Kyle Kendrick cruised through four and seemed to be continuing the success from his last outing. However, Kendrick ran into some trouble in the fifth, giving up five runs; a two run home run to Kelly Johnson and a three run home run to Mark Reynolds. He would walk and strike out four on the day.
Chase Utley got a rally started in the sixth with a leadoff single and steal of second; he scored on a sacrifice fly by Jayson Werth. Followed by a double by Raul Ibanez, Carlos Ruiz cleared the bases with a single to score Howard and Ibanez. The lead for the second time was lost by reliever Danys Baez, who surrendered three hits and walk in a less than stellar inning of work. The real damage was done in the bottom of the eighth, where rookie David Herndon allowed Arizona to take the lead the Phils offense couldn’t recover. Closer Chad Qualls pitched a perfect inning to ensure the win.
There were some bright spots in the disappointing loss; Ross Gload was 2-5 win a run and RBI. Carlos Ruiz made a terrific play by tagging out Stephen Drew at the plate. The bad news? Kendrick looked sharp through four before surrendering two long balls. Do we now have to worry about which Kyle Kendrick will show up every outing? And where on earth to begin with the bullpen? Baez continues to be completely inconsistent; giving up three hits, a walk, and run in one inning of work. And while Herndon was the victim of an inconsistent strike zone; he continues to allow too many 3-2 counts in crucial situations that the Diamondback hitters took advantage. Is this bullpen making you wish for Brad Lidge yet? With Halladay going tomorrow, at least they’ll get a night off.
The Phillies will finish out the so far 3-3 road trip with a three game set in San Francisco. Game time is 10:15 PM with Roy Halladay (4-0, .082) at Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 1.86).