Kyle Kendrick against Derek Lowe is expected to be a matchup filled with grounders, isn't it? Then why was every ball in the bottom half of the third inning smoked to the outfield?
Kendrick could not escape the third inning, where he proceeded to give up a single, walk a batter, and then hit Jeff Kent, who, by the way, just happens to hit in front of this guy Manny Ramirez. He's a pretty decent hitter. Manny then crushed a ball in the gap and brought home two runs.
Okay, two-nothing. That's not insurmountable and Kendrick can bounce back.
He then gives up a two-run double to James Loney and a home run to dead center off the bat of former Tribesman Casey Blake. Then Charlie had to jog out there and get him.
Once again, the Phils' bats were dead against Derek Lowe, who just happens to own them. Once the bullpen got out there and the game was essentially done, the Phils tacked on a few runs to make it look closer than it may have been.
They ended up dropping the game 8-6 and were luckily aided by Aaron Heilman and his inability to get out of his own mother, so everyone remains at least two back. Tonight, the Phils throw out Cole Hamels in hopes of getting a "W" against Clayton Kershaw.