The Philadelphia Phillies’ pitching staff includes established
stars like former World Series MVP Cole Hamels and Cy Young Award
winners Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay, but arguably the team’s most
consistent starter has never won more than 11 games in his
Kyle Kendrick looks to win a fifth straight decision while
helping Philadelphia to its fifth victory in six tries as it hosts
the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
The Phillies’ starting rotation has posted a 4.16 ERA as Hamels
(1-6, 4.61 ERA) has gotten off to a slow start along with Halladay
(2-4, 8.65), who had arthroscopic shoulder surgery this week and
isn’t expected to throw again for nearly two months.
Though Lee pitched seven solid innings and lowered his ERA to
2.83 as the Phillies (20-22) beat the Reds 5-3 on Friday, it’s been
Kendrick (4-1, 2.47) who has shined the most.
Kendrick has posted a 1.84 ERA in seven outings since losing his
first start of the season, highlighted by a three-hit shutout over
the New York Mets on April 26. The right-hander has allowed two
runs and six hits in seven innings in each of his last two starts,
beating San Francisco 6-2 on May 7 before Philadelphia’s 4-2,
10-inning win over Arizona on Sunday.
The last time the Phillies lost when Kendrick started was April
16, when he allowed only two hits in seven shutout innings before
Jay Bruce’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave Cincinnati a
Kendrick has a 1.37 ERA in his last three starts versus the Reds
but no victories to show for it, getting three runs of support over
19 2-3 innings.
Philadelphia, which was outscored 16-4 during a three-game sweep
in Cincinnati from April 15-17, had enough offense in a 5-3 win
Friday as Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer to help end the Reds’
six-game winning streak.
Rollins, batting .118 (2 for 17) over his last five versus
Cincinnati, hit only the third home run in the last six games for
the Phillies as they’ve manufactured runs in other ways during
their hot stretch.
”When you talk about playing small ball, you have to have the
talent,” manager Charlie Manuel said.
Bruce and Joey Votto homered Friday for the Reds (25-17), who
lost for just the third time in 13 games. They’ll send Bronson
Arroyo to the mound Saturday as he seeks his third straight victory
over the Phillies.
Arroyo (3-4, 3.76) scattered five hits in 6 2-3 scoreless
innings of a 5-1 win over Milwaukee on Sunday, ending a three-start
losing streak during which he posted a 5.50 ERA.
”I didn’t have a whole lot of stuff,” said Arroyo, who was
feeling ill during his last outing. ”I was grinding from the first
inning on. I knew I was getting away with pitches that I normally
wouldn’t. Luckily, they were beating them into the ground.”
The right-hander had not won since giving up two runs in eight
innings of a 4-2 win over Philadelphia on April 15. Arroyo had the
same stat line to beat the Phillies 3-2 on Aug. 22 in his previous
start against them, ending a six-start regular-season skid versus