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Exhibition Game: Team USA defeats the world champs, 9-6, as Kendrick gets done in by fellow teammates.
First off, I’m going to continue the quiz until tomorrow. So, if you haven’t made an attempt to answer the quiz, you still have time. The question is, which I will rephrase, is this:
Name the last National League team among the classic eight (teams that were members of the NL since 1900) to win its first NL pennant and name the last of the classic eight to represent the National League in the World Series, also for the first time? You all know where to find the answer.
Despite a late surge, the Phillies fell to Team USA this afternoon, with the final score, 9-6. Kyle Kendrick, who started the game for the Phils, recorded outs on seven of the first eight batter whom he faced before the roof fell on him. After getting out the first batter in the top of the third inning, with the Phils ahead 1-0, he would give up a single to Shane Victorino, who was playing center field for Team USA. Kendrick would then commit an error on a pickoff attempt, allowing Victorino to move to second base. Jimmy Rollins, who was starting as Team USA’s shortstop, then follows with a single, knocking in Victorino to tie the game. After a Dustin Pedroia single moves Rollins to second base, Chipper Jones would cap the inning off with a three-run home run to left, to give Team USA the lead, 4-1. Kendrick is then taken out for Antonio Bastardo, who finally ends the inning. Bastardo, in the fourth, gives up back-to-back home runs to Ryan Braun and Brian McCann, making it a 6-1 Team USA lead. He then gives up a three-run homer to Adam Dunn in the fifth, giving team USA a 9-1 lead. The rest of the pitching staff would keep Team USA quiet. Kendrick pitched two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out one. Bastardo pitches two and one-third innings, giving up five runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Clay Condrey, Ryan Madson and Blaine Neal combines for four shut outs innings, giving up just two hits (Condrey and Neal one hit apiece) and three walks (Madson (2), Neal (1), while striking out 2 (Neal). All but one of the runs were given up on the long ball. Kendrick would take the lost for the Phils.
The Phillies’ batter scores a run in the first as Eric Bruntlett hits an RBI double, knocking in Marcus Giles, who has earlier walked, giving the Phils an early lead. After falling behind 9-1, Ryan Howard makes it a 9-4 game in the bottom of the fifth, as he hits a three-run home run. Jason Donald’s solo home run in the six reduces Team USA’s lead to 9-5. Mike Cervenak knocks in the Phils’ final run in the eighth. The Phils would get twelve hits, with Lou Marson leading the team with two hits. Giles, Bruntlett, Raul Ibanez, Howard, John Mayberry Jr., Geoff Jenkins, Cervenak, Donald, J.J. Fumaniak and Jorge Velandia would each record a hit.
Playing for Team USA, Rollins would go 1 for 2 with a single and a run scored while Victorino would go 1 for 3 with a single and a walk and a run scored. Pitcher Joe Bisenius would pitch one inning, giving up a run on three hits while striking out one.
The next Phillies Spring Training game will be tomorrow night at Dunedin Stadium in Dunedin, Florida, against the Toronto Blue Jays. The game will start at 7 pm Eastern. The Phils will also play a ‘B’ game with the Blue Jays at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida. That game will start at 12 noon.
The Phillies announced on Thursday morning that they had optioned the 25-year-old lefty to the IronPigs and recalled infielder Mike Cervenak.
Happ started two games for the Phillies in place of their struggling Opening Day starter, Brett Myers, who was sent to Lehigh Valley on July 1. Because of the All-Star break, however, the Phillies won’t need a fifth starter again until July 23, when they play the Mets in New York.
It’s possible that Happ will be the Phillies’ choice to take the mound that day. In the meantime, manager Charlie Manuel said he wanted Happ to start some games for Lehigh Valley, rather than not see any action for the Phils.
“We don’t want him sitting 15 days without throwing in any games,” Manuel said.
Still, Manuel said he was impressed by Happ’s performance. The Phils won each of Happ’s two starts, Friday against the Mets and Wednesday against the Cardinals. Facing St. Louis, he allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings.
“I like to think I hopefully did what they asked, as far as keeping the team in the game,” Happ said. “That was the goal. I like to go deep into games. [Wednesday] night was a little better.” (H/T Phillies.com)
If the Phillies had any brains, they’ll bring back Happ when they need that fifth starter to face the Mets in New York. That kid is for the moment too good not to use to help the main club. This team certainly needs another good starter.