The Philadelphia Phillies lost their final game of three against the Atlanta Braves 8-2 on Sunday afternoon. The Braves new starting second baseman Tommy La Stella continued to make quite the impression on the Braves and the rest of baseball with his bases clearing double in the third inning that put the game out of reach.
Philadelphia started Kyle Kendrick (4-10, 4.87 ERA) against Atlanta’s Alex Wood and the match-up wasn’t even close. Kendrick had a terrible third inning, walking B.J. Upton, hitting Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton with pitches, and walking Jason Heyward to make it 3-1. La Stella followed with his bases clearing double.
Kendrick has been awful in his last six starts, erasing any chance that he’ll be traded before the deadline as teams aren’t looking for a starter who can’t win ballgames. Kendrick gave up six runs, five hits and two walks in five innings. In his last six starts, he’s 1-4 with a 6.99 ERA.
In the middle of the sixth inning, the game was delayed for nearly two hours due to rain. As soon as the delay was over, Mario Hollands promptly gave up two runs on a Andrelton Simmons’ bases-loaded walk and Freddie Freeman single.
Marlon Byrd added an inconsequential home run in the ninth inning, his 19th of the season as his stock continues to rise for a trade. There are plenty of teams looking for a right-handed power hitter and he fits the bill. It appears that the Seattle Mariners are still very interested in trading for Byrd, but he’d likely want his 2016 option guaranteed before waiving his no-trade clause to them.
The Phillies have lost four of their last five games and now sit an insurmountable 11 games back in the NL East. The coming weeks should prove interesting as the deadline approaches and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. looks to make some trades. His job my count on those trades working out.
There will be no rest for the weary as the Phils will open a seven-game home-stand Monday evening. The first four game series will be against the San Francisco Giants. Cliff Lee will make his first start since May in the first game. Fans are hoping that Lee will perform well enough to prove he’s healthy before the trade deadline as plenty of teams have shown some interest in him. The other Phillies pitcher likely to be traded, A.J. Burnett will get the start Wednesday night.
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