After sweeping the New York Mets in three games, Miami’s hot streak was halted by Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies. Tom Koehler lasted 5.0 innings before Philadelphia teed off on Tom for five runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Casey Kotchman returned from his DL stint, and started at first. Kotchman went 0-for-3 as the Marlins fell to the Phils, 2-7.
Miami did hold a 2-0 lead in the second inning, after a couple singles scored Juan Pierre and Ed Lucas. While the lack of power is unfortunate, the top of the lineup’s ability to string together singles is the best chance at runs the Marlins have had since Giancarlo Stanton’s injury.
Kyle Kendrick cruised through the rest of the night after the second inning pair of runs, allowing just one base runner through the ninth. “Cruising” here is perhaps an understatement, because aside from Pierre’s single in the fifth, Kendrick was perfect the rest of the game. Kendrick also drilled a triple of his own, drove in, and scored a run for the Phils. Dude had a game.
Philadelphia tacked on one more run the fifth and led 2-3 going into the sixth.
Things quickly got out of hand for Koehler. He surrendered the lead in the fourth after an Erik Kratz dinger, Ben Revere single, and Cesar Hernandez groundout. The fifth inning offered no solace for Miami.
After giving up a leadoff double to Ryan Howard and a homer to the white-hot Domonic Brown, Koehler left the score 2-5 before being yanked in favor of Ryan Webb. Webb faced some tough luck as well, giving up a solo shot to Delmon Young. After a strikeout, Freddy Galvis tripled and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. Edgar Olmos also made his debut for Miami to clean up Webb’s mess finishing the inning. Philadelphia led 2-7 for the rest of the game.
Kyle Kendrick has owned for most of the season and his complete game made it difficult to spot any highlights for the Fish. One point of interest is Ed Lucas’ continued success during his limited stint as a Marlin. Lucas, who has played four games (and three positions) so far singled, walked, and sac bunted tonight. He looks alright so far.