Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Kennedy blanks Phils, spoils Lee's 12 K's

The bats remained quiet last night as the Phils dropped the opener in Arizona, 4-0.

Arizona starter Ian Kennedy improved to 3-1 with a three-hit, complete game shutout. He struck out ten and didn't walk a batter. It was Kennedy's first career complete game. He's 13-15 with a 4.29 ERA during this career. Not exactly the type of pitcher the Phillies want to dominate them.

Cliff Lee was impressive in defeat, allowing four runs on five hits over seven innings, with twelve strikeouts. He made few mistakes, but when he did, the D-Backs pounced. Chris Young hit a two-run bomb in the third to straight away center on a fastball right down the middle. Geraldo Parra hit a solo shot in the fifth, just barely clearing the left field fence for his first dinger of the year.

Kennedy was on cruise control all night, only having to pitch out of trouble when Placido Polanco doubled with one out in the first. Polanco had two of the Phillies' three hits, while Jimmy Rollins collected the other on an infield single.

Polanco has been the only consistent contributor in the Phils' lineup, as his .372 average would indicate. Many of the regulars are struggling, including Rollins (.256), Ben Francisco (.253), Raul Ibanez (.179), Carlos Ruiz (.230) and Wilson Valdez (.254)

Roy Oswalt (3-0 1.88) will look to build upon his strong start tonight, opposing a struggling Daniel Hudson (0-4 5.92) whom the Phillies will look to get back on track against.

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