Kendrick outduels Johnson, throws World off its axis.

When Philadelphia fans woke up this morning and saw the pitching matchup for tonight’s game, many already chalked it up as a loss. Kyle Kendrick vs. Josh Johnson? There’s no chance right? Well…baseball is a funny game.

Jimmy Rollins led the game off with his 41st career lead off home run off and that’s all the scoring that was needed. Kendrick pitched seven shutout innings, scattering five hits while striking out six.  Josh Lindblom, who’s struggled since coming over in a trade for Shane Victorino, threw a 1,2,3 8th inning, while Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 26th save of the season.  The Marlins out hit the Phillies 5-4, but only had two base runners reach scoring position. With the win, the Phillies move to 54-62 for the season, but 18-11 in the 2nd half. Since the 2nd half, the team has won 7 out of 10 series.  Tomorrow, Roy Halladay goes against Mark Buerhle. In his last two starts, Halladay has gone 15 innings, allowing 1 earned run with a 13-1 K/BB ratio.

Notes and Observations:

Jimmy Rollins took part in his 1,731st game as a shortstop for the Phillies, passing Larry Bowa for the most games for a shortstop in the franchise’s history.

Dom Brown had a single tonight, giving him hits in 10 out of his last 11 games.  His OBP is .370, however his power has not shown up yet.

Erik Kratz threw out another base runner tonight.  Kratz is having a great season and absolutely should be the backup catcher next season behind Carlos Ruiz.

Man, John Mayberry Jr. is really bad vs. right-handed pitching.

Despite Mayberry being brutal vs. righties, he’s still useful vs. lefties. He has slugging percentage of .555 vs. lefties this season and would serve as a perfect platoon with  Nate Schierholtz, who has struggled vs. lefties this year.

With my birthday being tomorrow, I have a birthday stat for you. Being born on August 15th, 1987, the Phillies won that day 5-2 over the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Phillies didn’t lose on my birthday until 1996! The crazy part about that is Curt Schilling was starting for the Phillies that day.   Schilling would then pitch the following year on my birthday again and defeat the Astros 5-1.  The Phils continued their winning ways on my birthday, only losing twice from 1997-2004. In 2008, Jamie Moyer outdueled Greg Maddux on my birthday which at the time was the oldest pitching matchup in MLB history.   In 2010, Kyle Kendrick, yes that Kyle Kendrick, gave up 1 run against the Mets in a 3-1 victory on Sunday Night Baseball.   In conclusion, the Phillies are 15-7 on my birthdays!

At least for one night, Kendrick didn’t pitch like he belonged in AAA!

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