If Kyle Kendrick (3-8, 4.22 ERA) could just figure out how to pitch in the first inning, the Philadelphia Phillies would win a lot more games. Kendrick allowed a first inning three run home run from Freddie Freeman before pitching a solid eight innings, allowing four total earned runs. The Phillies couldn’t muster enough offense against Julio Teheran (7-5, 2.34) the rest of the way and dropped the first of four games to the Atlanta Braves.
Philadelphia Phillies Lose Game 1 to Atlanta Braves; A Look Ahead to Doubleheader Saturday
Ben Revere seemed to be the only Phil to show up, grabbing three hits – one of them a triple. Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cameron Rupp all had two strikeouts. Utley’s struggles at the plate are becoming a concern as his batting average has dipped to .296.
Game two of the series, the first of a Saturday doubleheader, will feature Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 4.41) on the mound for the Phillies and Ervin Santana (5-5, 4.15) on the mound for the Braves. Revere will remain in the leadoff spot, followed by Tony Gwynn Jr. in right field, Utley at second, Howard at first, Cody Asche at third, Dominic Brown in left, Koyie Hill at catcher, and Ronny Cedeno playing shortstop.
The lineup for the second game has not been released, but you’ll be sure to see Rollins back at short, Rupp behind the plate, John Mayberry Jr. and Marlon Byrd back in the outfield, and Sean O’ Sullivan taking the mound for his first start of the season.
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