Kendrick leads Phils in 1st game of doubleheader
Kendrick threw five sharp innings in the opener of a day-night doubleheader and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Florida Marlins 3-1 Thursday, reducing their magic number for clinching a fifth straight NL East title to three.
“Whatever they need me to do,” Kendrick said. “Obviously with the stars we have here, hopefully they go deep in the playoffs.”
But if the Phillies need a guy to get a tough right-handed hitter out late in a game, Kendrick is working his way into the mix.
“I could consider him,” manager Charlie Manuel said.
“Everything was good, good fastball, good changeup,” Sanchez said. “After (the first), I tried to keep the score close and waited for the team to score runs.”
Placido Polanco(notes) got the Phillies started in the first with a one-out single. He went to second on a balk and scored on Pence’s double to left. Ibanez hit an RBI double to right with two outs to make it 2-0.
The Marlins cut it to 2-1 in the fifth on Morrison’s 20th homer.
The Marlins put two runners on with one out against Bastardo in the eighth. Lidge came in and allowed a single to Gaby Sanchez(notes). But left fielder Ibanez threw out Infante trying to score for the second out.
“It’s a hard call, a second-guess,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said of third-base coach Joe Espada sending Infante. “When you make that call, the guy always makes a great throw. It’s a tough call. You have to make a quick decision. You don’t have any time to wait.”
A crowd of 44,216 was the 208th consecutive sellout at Citizens Bank Park, including postseason play. There were more empty seats than usual on a dreary, drizzly day.
The Phillies played without three regulars: Chase Utley(notes), Jimmy Rollins(notes) and Carlos Ruiz(notes). All three were expected to start the second game. Utley got a pinch-hit single in the seventh in his first action since sustaining a concussion last Wednesday. Rollins and Ruiz also came in late and hit singles.
Kendrick got plenty of defensive help from second baseman Pete Orr(notes), who made three outstanding plays. Orr ran a long way to catch a shallow pop by Bryan Peterson in the second. He made a leaping, snow-cone catch on Sanchez’s liner leading off the third. Then, he made a diving stop on Greg Dobbs’(notes) grounder in the hole in the fourth.
“Orr played a great second base,” Kendrick said.
NOTES: Since Aug. 30, Florida’s starting pitchers have a 2.78 ERA. … The Phillies swept the Marlins in a doubleheader on June 15. … The Phillies are 28-4 when Brian Schneider(notes) is the starting catcher. … Kendrick improved to 7-2 vs. the Marlins. … Sanchez fell to 3-8 vs. Philadelphia.