Who the hell said it’s not how you start, but how you finish?
The Pittsburgh Pirates started as hot as a school boy on prom night with Delwyn Young hitting a 2-1 cutter into the bleachers, but 105 pitches, 72 strikes, and eleven ground ball outs (shoulda been 12) later, Kyle Kendrick is the one being crowned prom king. In his past three starts, he is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA over 21 innings. Kendrick has some nice numbers for a fifth starter.
73 pitches, 49 for strikes, and Charlie Morton isn’t the king of the prom. He is the skinny kid in the corner. He also is really unlucky and now he has some of the worst numbers in the game. Baseball is funny. Ryan Howard can make it funny, in fact, Howard can make it very funny for the home team and the ensuing tweets. It’s been the story of the Phillies Pirates matchupsat Citizens Bank or whatever the hell the place is called.
The bases loaded via two hits and a plunk, the Phillies two out rally in the third made it a lot of fun for the 45,371 faithful Phillies fans. Ryan Howard, a monster of a player and a man, slapped a ball through a seam that made it 3-1, and Jayson Werth pushed it to 6-1 with a homer. No wonder they are off the chart.
Morton was gone an inning later after allowing six runs on six hits. Jeff Karstens and Jack Taschner took the mound as the beatings continued.
Kyle Kendrick is a stock car racers name, but for one night, a pitcher was able to control the Pirates recent offensive juggernaut. That trend won’t continue tonight with Doc on the bump. Yeh, leave the tough talking to me.
Lidge Gets a Shot: Phillies reliever Brad Lidge’s return to the disabled list is temporarily on hold. He received a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired right elbow Monday and is expected to start throwing in the next several days. Just in case, the Phillies called up Antonio Bastardo from Class AAA Lehigh Valley