One of these days, when they take away the bats from pitchers forever and make the designated hitter universal in the major leagues, fans will no longer get to enjoy moments like these: Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies breathlessly running out his first career triple, and Tommy Milone of the Athletics going 2 for 4 and scoring twice.
Not only was Kendrick made to bat for himself, but he pitched his second complete game of the season. It almost killed the poor guy. Look!
This is for our enjoyment! Kendrick, who sports a .363 career OPS, is due for his sixth hit of the season very soon.
Update: Phillies manager Charlie Manuel got a big kick out of Kendrick's head-first slide, The 700 Level reports:
“Kendrick had a big night. He had a heck of a game.
“That ball he hit, he smoked that ball. He laid into it. It was good. I was kind of hoping he’d get a mouthful of dirt. A lot of times if you slide head first, your chin hits the ground first, and you scratch your chin up and you get a mouthful of dirt. Usually after that you won’t do it no more. He’s not used to sliding. I was pulling for him to do that.”
Meanwhile at Miller Park, Milone was playing it cool in the seventh inning after he hit a single:
This is what we'll lose when the DH becomes universal. It's in Bud Selig's secret plans. First, the Astros move to the AL, then everyone else moves!