The Braves: Making Kyle Kendrick Look Like a Star Since 2007

The Braves: Making Kyle Kendrick Look Like a Star Since 2007

The Fightins wrap up their three game set with the Braves this evening at Citizens Bank Park with Kyle Kendrick (4-9, 4.45) on the hill. We're going to see a lot more of KK in the final two months thanks to the departure/salary dump of Joe Blanton to the Dodgers. He performed respectably in his emergency start on Friday night against the Diamondbacks after learning of Joe the Lumber's departure earlier in the day, going 4.0 innings and giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits, including one solo shot to Juston Upton. He should be better prepared tonight and a bit more stretched out.

Kendrick has also had fantastic numbers against the Bravos throughout his career. Check these out:

KK vs ATL: His career 2.28 ERA (19 ER, 75.0 IP) vs ATL is his lowest against any team in the majors, while his .857 win % (6-1) against them is also a career-best (min 5 games)

The Braves will counter with Tim Hudson (11-4, 3.45) who has been fantastic against Philly of late. From CSN:

Hudson has picked up two wins in two starts against the
Phillies over the last five weeks, allowing two runs in 12 2/3 innings.
Of the 35 outs the Phillies put into play against Hudson, 20 came on
the ground.

The Braves have won six of Hudson’s last eight starts
vs. the Phillies, but the Phils won the previous four. They’ve also
scored four or more runs off Hudson 10 times in their 24 meetings
against him in a Braves uniform, so the possibility exists that the
offense can do a few things this time around.

But none of those starts had one Dom Brown in the starting lineup. Brown changes everything.

The Phillies have yet to string together three-straight series wins (of three games or more) all season long. A win tonight would make it three victorious series in a row.

The full lineup:

Mayberry>Schierholtz>Kratz>Frandsen>KK... LEGGO!

7:05 start from the Bank. Will the non-sellout streak continue? Also, does Nate Schierholtz have a nickname yet? He could use one. "Schierholtz" is way too challenging to type.

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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.