Kendrick finished his lousy July by lasting just two innings in which he gave up eight hits and seven runs (six earned). The righty posted a 7.36 ERA for the month, which has spiked his overall ERA to 4.29.
The Phillies (50-57) are now 1-9 in their last 10 games.
Cody Asche and Chase Utley made the only Phillies highlights of the night. Utley hit his 14th long ball of the year in the first inning, and Asche, making his starting debut at third base, made a defensive gem in the same frame.
Asche stopped a hard-hit grounder by Hunter Pence with an impressive dive, then came to his feet and threw a strike from foul territory to barely beat Pence.
The Phillies hope the 23-year-old Asche has a bright future with the bat – he went 0 for 4 in the loss – and it looks like he can pick it, too, at the hot corner.
And as the Phils slide, the Braves (63-45) keep winning. Atlanta won its sixth straight game on Wednesday to increase its lead over the third-place Phillies to 12 1/2 games.
However, the big news: Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phils’ quiet deadline day.
Matt Cain (6-6, 4.79) opposes Cole Hamels (4-13, 4.09) as the Phillies and Giants close their three-game set on Thursday.
Brad Lidge will ceremoniously retire as a Phillie before Thursday’s game.
I think we all know his place in Phillies history.