(Sports Network) - Kyle Kendrick is no longer flying under the radar; he's now
a blip on opposing maps. Kendrick gets the nod for the Philadelphia Phillies
Sunday in the finale of a four-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With Roy Halladay scheduled for shoulder surgery in a few days and Cole Hamels
1-5 on the season, it's been up to Cliff Lee and Kendrick to carry the
rotation. Kendrick and Lee lead the Phillies in wins (4), while Kendrick is
tops in earned run average (2.45).
The Phillies have won each of Kendrick's last four starts.
Kendrick is 3-0 with a 1.86 ERA in his last four appearances and previously
took the mound in Tuesday's 6-2 win at San Francisco, where he held the
defending champions to two runs and six hits in seven innings. He did not walk
a batter for the first time this season and struck out six.
"Kyle's pitched great," Phils second baseman Chase Utley said. "It seems like
every game, he definitely gives us a chance to win. He's staying composed,
he's getting out of big jams, he's making good pitches definitely when he
The right-hander is 4-1 in seven starts and 2-0 in three road assignments.
However, Kendrick is winless (0-2) in seven career games, six of which have
been starts, with a 6.06 ERA against the Diamondbacks. Philadelphia hopes
Sunday will be the day Kendrick gets his first win in the series.
Philadelphia was able to end a three-game slide with Saturday's 3-1 win behind
Lee, who hurled seven scoreless innings to improve to 4-2. Antonio Bastardo
got the first out in the eighth inning, then closer Jonathan Papelbon covered
the rest of the game to pick up his sixth save.
Lee's performance impressed D'backs manager Kirk Gibson.
"(Lee) pitched great, that's not the last game he's going to throw that way,
he's thrown a lot like that before," Gibson said. "He had total command of the
strike zone, threw the ball wherever he wanted to, in or out, up or down. It
was just a great job by him."
Jimmy Rollins had two hits and two RBI and Ben Revere added two hits and
scored twice for the Phillies, who won for just the third time in eight tries
and are 3-3 on a seven-game road trip.
After Sunday's game in the desert, the Phillies, who pulled within five games
of Atlanta for the NL East lead, will return home for five straight versus
Cleveland and Cincinnati. The Indians recently swept a two-game set against
the Phillies, outscoring them by a 20-2 margin.
The Diamondbacks lost their grip on the NL West and now sit a game off the
lead behind the San Francisco Giants. In Saturday's loss to the Phils, Trevor
Cahill was dealt the tough-luck loss and allowed only one run and three hits
in five innings.
Cahill said afterward he lost control of his dangerous sinker.
"I couldn't get it over, I couldn't get it anywhere close," Cahill told the
club's website. "I think it was a mechanical thing. My finish and my follow-
through was different every single time. I think that contributes a lot to
Gibson noted it was a "struggle all night" for his starter.
Cody Ross had a sacrifice fly and Gerardo Parra went 3-for-4 for Arizona,
which had won five straight and six of seven games. The D'backs will host the
Atlanta Braves for three games after this four-gamer.
It's been a rough first season in the desert for D'backs starter Brandon
McCarthy, who draws the start Sunday in hopes of tasting victory for the first
time in 2013. McCarthy is 0-3 in seven starts with a 6.75 earned run average
and he has not posted a decision in back-to-back trips to the hill.
McCarthy, a right-hander, has given up 17 runs in the past four starts and was
reached for three more and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings of a 5-3 win at
Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. In four starts this season, McCarthy is 0-2 with a
lofty 7.61 ERA and has never faced the Phillies.
The Phillies went 4-2 versus the Diamondbacks last season.
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