Despite a pretty strong outing from Kyle Kendrick, the Phils dropped the series finale to the Giants, 4-1.
Kendrick went 6 1-3 innings, allowing three earned on six hits. He struck out four batters, more than he had in his last three starts combined. In the second, Kendrick gave up a homer to Pablo Sandoval, a shot that gave the Giants a 1-0 lead. But the real dagger came in the seventh when, with one out and runners on first and third, Michael Martinez booted a chopper that could have prevented a run from crossing the plate. Instead, he compounded his initial error with a throw that got by Ryan Howard, allowing the runner from first to score as well.
I would normally write a portion of this recap about the offense, but there is not much to say. Tim Lincecum threw his changeup/splitter hybrid ad nauseam, keeping the Phils off balance and prompting three of the worst at-bats of Chase Utley’s career. The only real highlights were doubles off Ramon Ramirez by Carlos Ruiz and Utley in the seventh inning, resulting in the Phils’ only run of the game.
The pen (Perez, Lidge, Stutes and Herndon) was great, contributing 2 2-3 perfect innings.
Despite the Phils’ shaky, all-around effort, this loss goes squarely on the shoulders of Beerleaguer contributor D. Silverman. A Giants win went in the books the second he posted that picture of Tim Lincecum in the game preview.
Next up: The Phils host the Pirates, owners of a 54-49 record, on Friday. Roy Halladay (12-4, 2.55) will get the ball in the series opener against Charlie Morton (8-5, 3.69).