Kendrick, Triple-A Squad Drops Another to Yanks
(Tampa, Fla.) - RHP Kyle Kendrick, who now figures to open the season in the IronPigs rotation, allowed four runs in his first inning with the Phillies' Triple-A Spring Training squad, as the team fell 8-3 to the Yankees' team in Tampa on Thursday. The team, now 4-4 in the exhibition season, has dropped back-to-back games - both to the Yanks' Triple-A team -- after the IronPigs went just 2-14 against the reigning International League Champion Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in 2008.
Kendrick, who was tagged with the loss, lasted just 3.1 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs - all earned - while walking three and fanning two. LHP Antonio Bastardo, who had been unscored upon in his first three spring outings, allowed three hits and two runs in his 1.2 innings, walking one and striking out three. The final relievers who appeared Thursday were RHP Scott Nestor (2.0 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 0 er, 0 bb, 1 k) and RHP Justin Pope (1.0 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 1 k).
In a piece of franchise history, Kendrick earned the victory in first ever game at Coca-Cola Park - starting for the Phillies in their 5-3 defeat of the IronPigs in the exhibition game in Lehigh Valley on March 30, 2008 (W, 5.0 ip, 4 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 7 k). The 24-year-old finished last season 11-9 with a 5.49 ERA in 31 appearances (30 starts) -- setting career highs in wins (11), starts (30), innings (155.2) and strikeouts (68). However, Kendrick struggled down the stretch - going just 1-4 with a 10.48 ERA (28.1 ip, 33 er) in his last 8 G, 7 GS - and was left off the Phillies' postseason rosters. This year, vying for the No. 5 spot in the Phillies' rotation, he was 1-3 with a 9.20 ERA in four Grapefruit League starts and was optioned to Lehigh Valley on March 23. It was just two seasons ago when the Houston native led all National League rookies in wins (10) while finishing third in ERA (3.87).
OF Damon Hollins (0-0) provided the lone two RBI for the team on Thursday - both coming on sacrifice flies and both scoring OF Kevin Mahar, who continued his torrid pace this spring. Mahar (1-3, 2 R) is now batting .450 (9-20) and leading the team in home runs (2), RBI (5) and runs scored (9). INF J.J. Furmaniak (2-2) and 3B Neil Sellers (2-3, BB) had the only multi-hit affairs. OF Javon Moran (1-3) scored the other run.
The Phillies' Triple-A Spring Training team (4-4) will look to go back above .500 when it returns home to Clearwater's Carpenter Complex to host the Blue Jays' Triple-A affiliate on Friday.
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