Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Pitching or hitting?

Last night was one of those nights that served as a microcosm for this helter-skelter season. After the game was over, it was tough to tell which element of the loss was more concerning. Kyle Kendrick allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings, walking five in the process. In his last two starts, he hasn't gotten out of the fourth inning and has a 16.71 ERA.

Pitching or hitting?

Last night was one of those nights that served as a microcosm for this helter-skelter season. After the game was over, it was tough to tell which element of the loss was more concerning. Kyle Kendrick allowed six runs in 3 2/3 innings, walking five in the process. In his last two starts, he hasn't gotten out of the fourth inning and has a 16.71 ERA.

But. . .

The Phillies offense once again struggled, and this time it was against a guy making his major league debut. From my perspective, Chad Reineke didn't have overpowering stuff. But the Phils scored just three runs and are now hitting .198 in their last 10 games.

As a whole, they've lost seven of their last 10 and are one loss away from losing six out of seven on this West Coast road trip.

The good news? Cole Hamels goes today. The bad news? He hasn't won since July 3, and the Phillies have scored just six runs in his last three starts.

In two starts at Petco Park, Hamels has a 2.84 ERA.

Game time is 8 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Pacific.

David Murphy Daily News Staff Writer
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