Herndon gets blown up, Phillies offense takes a nap in the loss

    The Florida Marlins hit three home runs in the eight inning to complete a comeback and defeat the Phillies 8-4.  Gaby Sanchez, Mike Cameron, and Greg Dobbs homered in the eight inning as David Herndon provided the thigh high meatballs.  The Marlins’ offense hit five home runs in the game as the Phillies had one hit after the fourth inning. Antonio Bastardo took the loss while Edward Mujica picked up the win for the Marlins.
   Wilson Valdez continued to shock the world when he hit a two run triple to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the second inning.  The next batter, Cole Hamels, busted it down the first base line and beat Gaby Sanchez’s flip to Ricky Nolasco allowing Valdez to score, giving the Phillies a 3-0 lead.  Mike Cameron hit his first home run on the game on a monster two run shot to left field, cutting the Marlins’ deficit to one in the bottom half of the second inning.  Marlins’ right fielder Mike Stanton would proceed to hit a ball to Pluto tying the game at 3 in the third inning.  The Phillies regained the lead in the next half inning when Cole Hamels added his second RBI single of the night. That would be the last Phillies’ base runner until Raul Ibanez singled with one out in the ninth inning.  After Cole Hamels was lifted after seven solid innings, Antonio Bastardo came in to set up for Ryan Madson.   That went like this….


Walk, Walk, Sac Bunt, Home Run, Home Run, Out, Home Run, Out.

Yeah. No need to go over it, Bastardo stunk, Herndon was worse. Phillies had a hit off Leo Nunez, who stinks, but that was it. Good news is Doc goes tomorrow. Oh and the Phillies are still the best team in baseball.
-Just when you start to think Herndon wasn’t terrible, he pulls this stunt.
-That’s the last big spot Herndon will ever pitch in his career.
-Phils had one hit after the fourth inning. Team needs to keep their foot on the throat.
-Losses like this are a lot easier to swallow when you’re 41 games over .500 and Roy Halladay goes tomorrow.
– I’m sure all 200 Marlins fans were pumped about this victory.
-Hey Cliff, take notes from Cole on hustle.
-Carlos Ruiz had two hits tonight, raising his average to .281. How many National League teams would love to have their 7th/8th hitter hit .281 with a .380 OBP?
-Mike Cameron is old.
-Mike Stanton is the most powerful man in baseball.

Ibanez and Mayberry wash away the Diamondbacks.

  After waiting two hours and seventeen minutes for rain, the Phillies bullpen gave up a measly run in six innings of work  in a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. David Herndon picked up the win as he struck out four in three relief innings of Vance Worley.  Ian Kennedy, who came in 15-3, took the loss after giving up three runs in three innings before the rain came. Raul Ibanez had two hits while John Mayberry Jr’s two run home run in the third inning proved to be the difference maker.  The Diamondbacks could only muster three hits off of Vance Worley, David Herndon, Mike Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, and Ryan Madson, who picked up his 23rd save in 24 opportunities.  The Diamondbacks head south to Atlanta to take on the Braves while the Phillies head to CBP South to take on the Washington Nationals.

 Doubles machine Wilson Valdez got the scoring started in the second inning when he doubled home Raul Ibanez with two out.  Valdez has doubles in back to back nights after going fifty-nine days without an extra base hit.  Arizona would have a runner in scoring position with two out in the third inning, but Willie Bloomquist grounded out to Worley. After a Jimmy Rollins single to lead off the bottom of the third, John Mayberry hit a long home run that hit off the foul pole to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. After Brian Schneider popped out to end that inning, the tarp came off the field and the rain delay started. After a little over two hours, Worley and Kennedy were done, and David Herndon and Micah Owings replaced them. Raul added a RBI double off of Owings and that was all for the Phillies. They went hitless from sixth inning on.  Paul Goldschmidt added a lead off home run in the eight inning off of Mike Stutes to sum up the scoring.  The Phillies bullpen finished with just two hits allowed in six innings.


-Mayberry needs more at bats. I will beat that drum to death. Raul should not play against lefties.

-I’m not a fan of David Herndon, but he did do a hell of a job replacing Worley.

-I wasn’t that impressed by Ian Kennedy, granted it was only three innings.

-In case you were wondering why the long rain delay…Arizona is only in Philadelphia once. Kind of hard to make up this game with Arizona on the other side of the country.

– Another series win, first team to 80 wins.  Just so much fun to watch

He was right.

Kendrick throws a gem, world likely to end tomorrow.

  Kyle Kendrick and David Herndon threw a combined four hit shutout over the Colorado Rockies. It was announced soon after the game that the Rockies would forfeit the rest of the season in shame. (Just kidding.) In what was likely Kendrick’s final start before Roy Oswalt’s return, he was masterful, striking out seven (career high) and gave up just four hits in a 5-0 win for the Phillies. David Herndon, in another shocking development, pitched a 1,2,3 inning in the ninth. Ryan Howard hit two solo home runs while his “protection” Hunter Pence had two doubles and a RBI.  The Phillies moved to 70-39 on the season and won their 11th out of their last 12 series. Their lead in the National League East also grew to eight games as the Atlanta Braves took one on the chin against the Washington Nationals.

  In a battle of bad sinkerball pitchers, Rockies’ starter Aaron Cook found himself behind the eight ball when he gave up two runs in the first inning. After a Jimmy Rollins walk, Shane Victorino’s single advanced him to third. The next batter, Chase Utley would ground out to second which allowed Rollins to score. Two batters later, Hunter Pence would double to left scoring Victorino.  Kendrick would allow two base runners to reach in the first inning, but after Seth Smith struck out looking to end the inning, that was pretty much it offensively for the Rockies.  The Rockies would have six base runners the entire night and none of them reached third base.  The Phillies would score three more times, two coming via Ryan Howard solo home runs and the other coming on a Brian Schneider sac fly. The Phillies go for the sweep with Roy Halladay on the mound against Jason Hammel for the Rockies.


-Clutch at bat by Pence in the first inning to get the run home with two outs.

-Kyle Kendrick had a career high seven strikeouts. Eric Young, Dexter Fowler, Seth Smith, Chris Iannetta, and Mark Ellis should all be forced into early retirement. Fowler and Smith should lose their pension for striking out twice.

-Stupid baseball stat- In games started by Brian Schneider, the Phillies are 19-3.

– Did anyone see the fan wearing the random Aaron Hill jersey?  Blue Jays Aaron Hill jersey at a Rockies, Phillies game? Makes sense.

– Kyle Kendrick is hitting .263 on the season which is higher than Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez’s batting average.  It’s also one point lower than Jimmy Rollins’ average. What can’t Kyle Kendrick do?

-The Phillies didn’t get their 70th win last year until August 22nd.

– This was the Phillies’ 14th shut out of the season.

-The Phillies have had three shut outs in their history at Coors Field. Tonight, 2006, and 1997. Any idea who started the game in 1997?

Matt Beech threw seven innings in the Phillies' first shut out at Coors Field in the 1997.Things like this happen when Kyle Kendrick and David Herndon combine to throw shut outs at Coors Field. Crazy game tonight

Things like this happen when Kyle Kendrick and David Herndon combine to throw shut outs at Coors Field. Crazy game tonight