Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Marlins 1


Instant Replay: Phillies 2, Marlins 1


MIAMI – If this was the end for Kyle Kendrick, he went out with a good one.

Kendrick pitched seven innings of one-run ball Wednesday night -- and drove in a run at the plate -- to lead the Phillies to a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

The win was Kendrick’s team-high 10th of the season.

The 30-year-old right-hander becomes a free agent this offseason and could be moving on after eight seasons with the Phils.

Kendrick’s two-out double in the seventh gave the Phils a 1-0 lead and Marlon Byrd’s one-out single in the eighth broke a 1-1 tie.

The Phillies, 72-86, have four games remaining in the season.

Starting pitching report
Kendrick went seven innings (on just 86 pitches) to raise his season total to a career-high 199.

The right-hander allowed the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, but managed to get an inning-ending double play with two men on base to preserve the tie.

Kendrick finished his season 10-13 with a 4.61 ERA. He had a 2.78 ERA (10 earned runs in 32 1/3 innings) in five September starts.

Marlins lefty Brad Hand held the Phillies scoreless for the first six innings before allowing a run in the seventh.

Bullpen report
Ken Giles pitched a perfect eighth and Jonathan Papelbon made his first appearance since serving a seven-game suspension and recorded his 38th save. Papelbon allowed a one-out double and got the final two outs with a man at second.

Chris Hatcher allowed two hits, a walk and a run in the eighth inning to take the loss.

At the plate
The Phillies were shut out on Tuesday night. They had gone 19 innings without a run before Kendrick’s RBI double in the seventh.

The Phillies left two runners in scoring position in the second inning and the bases loaded in the fifth when rookie Maikel Franco took a fastball down the middle for a called third strike. They also left the bases loaded in the eighth en route to leaving 10 for the game. They were just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position -- the hit was Byrd’s go-ahead single in the eighth.

Kendrick had three of the Phillies’ nine hits.

Byrd has 84 RBIs.

The Marlins tied the game at 1-1 on doubles by Garrett Jones and Enrique Hernandez in the bottom of the seventh.

Health check
Jimmy Rollins sat out his 15th straight game with a sore hamstring. He probably won’t play the remainder of the season. He chatted before the game about some of the things he’d like to see the Phillies do to improve (see story).

Up next
David Buchanan (6-8, 3.77) opposes Tom Koehler (9-10, 3.76) in the series finale on Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Phillies 10, Blue Jays 3: Jeremy Hellickson limbers up, offense continues to hit

Phillies 10, Blue Jays 3: Jeremy Hellickson limbers up, offense continues to hit

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jeremy Hellickson did not shine in his spring debut Sunday, but he didn’t have to.

Hellickson projects to be the Phillies' opening day starter for the second straight year, but with five weeks to go before it all starts for real in Cincinnati, he has plenty of time to put a coat of polish on his game.

The right-hander knocked off some wintertime rust with two innings of work against the Toronto Blue Jays. He gave up four hits and two runs, walked one and did not strike out a batter.

"I felt great," Hellickson said. "I wasn't really commanding the fastball like I wanted, but my arm and my body felt good."

Hellickson went 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts for the Phillies last season and could have opted for free agency in the offseason. However, he surveyed the marketplace and determined he'd be better off taking the Phillies' qualifying offer of $17.2 million for 2017 and trying his luck on the free-agent market next season.

So he's betting on himself.

"That's kind of how I'm looking at it," he said. "It was easy to do that just with the way I felt last year. I think I can definitely repeat or exceed what I did last year."

The Phillies can't give Hellickson another qualifying offer after this season so it's quite possible they will look to deal him in July. But that won't necessarily be easy. The Phils had talks with a number of teams about Hellickson last July and were unable to consummate a deal. It will be tougher this July as Hellickson’s salary has jumped by $10 million. The Phillies may have to eat some of that salary to get a deal they like.

Hellickson was asked if he was ready for another summer of trade rumors.

"No," he said with a wry smile. "But I know it's coming."

He's holding out hope that the Phillies will play their way into contention and the front office keeps the rotation together. He believes it's possible.

"I think we have a really good team here," he said. "Hopefully we're the ones trading for guys at the deadline.

"I've been reading some stuff saying (Aaron) Nola is a No. 5 guy. If Nola's your No. 5 guy, you have a pretty good rotation. I definitely think one through five we can give six, seven, eight strong innings every time out. Then with the guys, we signed for the back of our bullpen, it'll make our jobs that much easier. The days we don't have it, I feel like we can hand it off to those guys after five or six. We're in pretty good shape."

The game
The Phillies beat the Jays, 10-3, on the strength of 13 hits and three Toronto errors. The Phils had eight hits in Saturday’s win over the Yankees.

Cam Perkins, Pedro Florimon and Daniel Nava all had two hits. Rhys Hoskins and Ryan Hanigan both walked twice. Andres Blanco homered. Brock Stassi doubled. Nick Williams had a hit, two RBIs and a walk. Power-hitting rightfielder Dylan Cozens stole two bases.

Cozens is a legitimate stolen-base threat. In addition to belting 40 homers at Double A Reading last season, he swiped 21 bags and was only caught once.

"You've got to like his tools," manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's really an athletic guy. He's got good hands at the plate. I think he's going to hit because he doesn't have a lot of excess body movement. He hits a lot with his hands and I think in time he'll cut down on the strikeouts and he'll be an even better player. He looks like a solid defender, good hitting ability, a lot of power and some speed."

On the mound
Ben Lively and Alberto Tirado both pitched two scoreless innings and Pat Neshek and Michael Mariot had one each.

Up next
Jerad Eikchoff makes his spring debut when the Phillies host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday afternoon.

Clay Buchholz will get the start Tuesday against Baltimore.

Phillies prospect Nick Pivetta has long-awaited meeting with Roy Halladay

Phillies prospect Nick Pivetta has long-awaited meeting with Roy Halladay

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Phillies pitching prospect Nick Pivetta had one of those pinch-me moments Saturday.

He met his boyhood idol, Roy Halladay, at a charity event.

Someone had filled in Halladay that Pivetta had grown up in Canada and had regularly watched Toronto Blue Jays games on television. Pivetta loved watching Halladay pitch, as he talked about a few weeks ago here.

"I got to briefly shake his hand," Pivetta said Sunday morning. "He knew I was like a stalker. He said, 'Oh, right, you're the guy from British Columbia.'"

Halladay, who pitched for the Phils from 2010 to 2013, lives in the Clearwater area. Pivetta said he expected to speak more with Halladay in the coming days.

Halladay was honored at the 44th annual Clearwater For Youth banquet and Pivetta attended with a number of his teammates and Phillies officials. Phillies chairman David Montgomery and his wife Lyn were also honored for their charitable works.

Pivetta will pitch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic in March.