Shaky fielding didn't help Kyle Kendrick, who was unable to rebound from his recent poor start against the Reds. He allowed five runs, eight hits and five walks in just five innings of work as the Phillies fell quietly to the Nationals, 5-2.
It was apparent from the second inning when Kendrick couldn't put Kurt Suzuki away that he didn't have his best stuff. After pitting Suzuki in an 0-2 hole with two called strikes, Kendrick began missing low and away. Four foul offs and four balls later, Suzuki took first.
It only got worse in the third, when Kendrick walked three Nationals in a row to load the bases with one out. But the Nats and their struggling offense couldn't capitalize on it, scoring just one run in the inning. It tied the game, 1-1.
After the Phillies retook the lead in the top of the fifth via an Erik Kratz sacrifice fly, things really unraveled in the bottom half of the inning. With one out and Ryan Zimmerman at first, Adam LaRoche skied a deep fly ball to center field that Ben Revere should've caught. He didn't.
Revere took a terrible route to the ball and when he jumped at the wall, the ball missed his glove and landed behind his left shoulder. The played was scored a triple and tied the game, 2-2. Revere also dove and had a ball go in and out of his glove in the second inning on a play that could've been ruled an error.
The inning should have ended with the damage limited to a 3-2 deficit, but Michael Young couldn't get a soft Tyler Moore grounder out of his glove. Moore, struggling mightily at the plate, was generously awarded a single by the hometown scorekeeper. Two more Nats scored on Steve Lombardozzi's subsequent single to make it 5-2.
The Phillies' bats returned to being abysmal against Jordan Zimmermann. They managed to manufacture a run in the second inning (Ryan Howard hit a leadoff double, Delmon Young got him over, Domonic Brown got him in), but they squandered an opportunity to break the game open in the fifth. Four singles, including one by Kendrick, led to just one run after Revere grounded into a double play (with the bases loaded) for the seventh time this season.
The bullpen was good in three innings of work. Michael Stutes pitched two scoreless innings and struck out two in his 2013 debut.
Play of note
Unfortunately for the Phillies the play mattered little in the end, but Erik Kratz deserves credit for holding his ground against a 6-foot-2, 220-pound Tyler Moore running full speed at him in the fourth inning.
Moore led off the fourth and reached second base on a throwing error by Jimmy Rollins. Lombardozzi followed with a soft single to center and Moore attempted to score.
Revere's throw wasn't directly on line, but it beat Moore to the plate by several steps. The Nationals' leftfielder attempted to barrel through Kratz, and although he did knock him off his feet, Kratz hung on to the ball for the out.