Phillies crushed by Giants, 9-2
In the afternoon, Ruben Amaro Jr. worked up the battery on his cell phone but couldn’t find any last-minute shopping items to his liking and stood pat before Major League Baseball’s trade deadline.
In the evening, his team had a similarly uninspiring performance on the field.
Kyle Kendrick surrendered four runs on five hits in the first inning of the Phillies 9-2 defeat to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night.
After beginning the season’s second half with a win over the New York Mets at Citi Field that pushed their record above .500, the Phillies have lost 9 of their last 10 games.
The Phils are 9 games out of the National League’s wild card race. They are a season-high 12 ½ games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East.
Jimmy Rollins said he felt his team hit rock bottom over the weekend in Detroit. But the Phillies still have two months remaining in their free-falling season.
After being one of the team’s most consistent players in the season’s first three months, Kendrick is probably glad to see July come to an end.
He allowed at least 5 runs in three of his five starts in July and had a 7.71 ERA in the month. Kendrick entered the month with a 3.59 ERA and exited it with a 4.29 ERA.
The rookie making his major league debut behind Kendrick generated the only buzz in the ballpark.
In his first major league start, third baseman Cody Asche made a couple sparkling defensive plays. He briefly put the skids on Kendrick’s nightmarish first inning with a diving stab of a Hunter Pence bullet down the line, and fired a bullet to first to complete the out, too.
But Asche was hitless in four at-bats. Chad Gaudin and two Giants relievers held the Phillies to five hits.