Pitching Role Reversal & Two Wins
Phillies pitchers Kyle Kendrick and Roy Halladay each started one game of a double header against the Marlins today. So while the stats show that Game 2 should have been a win and game one was a toss-up, that is not exactly what happened.
The Marlins got off to a good start in Game 1 with a run against Kendrick, same as they did on Tuesday night. But also the same as Tuesday night’s 9-1 win, the Phillies came charging back quick, scoring two runs in the first two innings.
Wilson Valdez wound up being the game hero, going 3-for-4 with a bases loaded triple in the third. Jimmy Rollins had two hits, including a 3-run homer.
But the real surprise was Kendrick, who pitched seven innings without allowing another run after the first inning. The Phillies went on to win Game 1 by a score of 8-1.
But in Game 2, the earth must have stopped spinning on its axis’ because as Kendrick did his best Halladay impersonation, Halladay suddenly turned in a Kendrick-like performance. This is an alternate reality for Phillies fans who watched confused as Halladay got hit around by the Fish.
Someone should write a guide book for these situations as I was at a loss of how to cope with it. Oh wait, someone did write a manual…
So after allowing two runs in the first inning, it looked like Halladay might reel in the Fish after that. But in the fourth inning, the Fish stopped taking the bait. Former Phillies, Greg Dobbs smacked a double to get things started and two more hits later, the Phillies were down by a score of 4-1.
Kendrick outpitched Halladay today? What craziness is this? And four runs for Halladay is like a freak accident; it simply should never happen. This was only the third time all year that Halladay gave up more than three runs in a game.
For the Marlins, pitcher Anibal Sanchez was on point. He allowed only two runs over seven innings, forcing the Phillies to try for a comeback in the ninth inning.
With two outs in the ninth and two men on base, Shane Victorino came through with a two-run single to ties up the game at 4-4. He then stole second and landed on third after a bad throw. But Chase Utley was not able to score Victorino as he flew out to left and sent the game into extra innings.
But in the 10th, Ryan Howard got hit by a pitch and Domonic Brown walked. Carlos Ruiz then reversed the Phillies fortunes and smacked a walk-off single that scored Howard for a 5-4 win!
The Phillies have taken 3 straight from the Fish! The earth has returned to its normal rotation and the universe is as it should be. Game 4 is tomorrow at 1:05pm.
Kendrick Photo by Jenn Zambri Photography