Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Madson blows save, wastes Kendrick's outing

The Phillies' bullpen strikes again.

The team cannot afford to continue losing games this way.

Kyle Kendrick, after two bad outings against the Nationals, pitched a very strong game in Atlanta. He was effectively wild while scattering four hits in his eight shutout innings on the mound. His ERA dropped from somewhere in the 17 range to 7.24.

Enter Ryan Madson. After starting the inning well, he allowed a two-out, two-run bomb to Troy Glaus. The lead was down to 3-2 and Rich Dubee came out to the mound, warning Madson to be careful against Braves' phenom Jason Heyward. Heyward promptly blasted a game-tying shot. It's Madson's first blown save of the year, although he hasn't pitched particularly well to this point. His ERA stands at 7.71.

Jose Contreras entered in the 10th and allowed the first batter he faced, Nate McLouth to hit a walk-off bomb as the Braves took the first meeting with the Phils this season, 4-3.

Two dominant veteran pitchers take the hill tonight as Roy Halladay squares off against Tim Hudson.

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