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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Game 32: Kendrick wins first start of season (22-10)

The Phils won last night, 3-0, behind 5 scoreless innings from Kyle Kendrick and an inning each from JC Romero, Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, and Ryan Madson.

The only questionable move Manuel made last night was allowing JC Romero to pitch to three right-handed batters in the sixth inning. Two of those batters reached base, and the other two outs Romero recorded were against left-handed batters. We usually love to criticize Manuel anytime Romero pitches to righties, but the two most powerful lefties in the Braves lineup (Heyward and McCann) were up in the inning. Romero retired both of them. Of course, he struggled against the righties, but with an already-depleted bullpen and an emergency starter pitching the first five innings, Manuel didn't have many options. If it were a one-run game, however, this recap would probably have a much different tone.

Oh, and Jimmy Rollins walked again. He is now on pace for 96 walks.

So the Phillies lost with Cliff Lee on the mound, then won with Kendrick. Cole Hamels goes for the series victory tonight against RHP Jair Jurrjens at 8:05pm.

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