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Kyle Kendrick apologizes for showing up Ryne Sandberg

Aug 17, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick was throwing well through five innings in Saturday’s start against the Giants, holding them to one run. He entered the sixth with a 5-1 lead, but all hell broke loose. Buster Posey led off with a single, then Pablo Sandoval hit a mile-high pop-up to the right side of the infield. Both second baseman Chase Utley and first baseman Ryan Howard came after it, but the ball dropped between them. Utley picked up the ball and quickly made a back-hand flip to second base in attempt to secure the force out, but it was wide and dragged shortstop Jimmy Rollins off of the bag, allowing both runners to reach safely. Mike Morse followed up with an RBI double to make it 5-2 and put runners on second and third.

Manager Ryne Sandberg came out to the mound to get Kendrick. As is customary, the pitcher waits on the mound before handing off the ball to his manager, but a frustrated Kendrick was already on his way off the field before Sandberg could reach the mound. Lefty reliever Mario Hollands came in, but the Giants kept scoring, and the Phillies ultimately lost 6-5.

Kendrick apologized for showing up his manager and explained his frustration afterwards. Via CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury:

“We talked,” Kendrick said before Sunday afternoon’s game. “I know it wasn’t the right thing to do.”


“Obviously you want the ball caught, but I was just upset at coming out of the game,” he said. “The ball falling in had nothing to do with it. I didn’t handle it right.”


“He wanted to see where I was at,” Kendrick said. “I didn’t want to come out of the game. I wasn’t trying to show up Ryno. That wasn’t my intention. I was upset and I wanted to get where no one could see me as quick as possible.

“Everything’s been kind of building up. It’s been a tough year for us and me personally. You’ve got to keep fighting, but little stuff irritates you.”

Following Saturday’s start, Kendrick has a 5-11 record with a 4.90 ERA and a 91/44 K/BB ratio in 154 1/3 innings over 25 starts. He can become a free agent after the season. Given the Phillies’ status as non-contenders for the foreseeable future, it seems unlikely that the team would bring him back in 2015. As a result, Kendrick is essentially auditioning for prospective teams over the remaining month and a half of the season.

  1. bleedgreen - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    So 1 ER was on Utley/Howard… what about the rest of them, Kyle? Kendrick sucks. He has had a few 3-4 game stretches where he’s looked good but always reverts to giving up 5-6ER over 6IP.

  2. eagles512 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Kendrick is awful. So sick of watching him pitch.

  3. flyinhighwithvick - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    At one time, Kendrick was a serviceable back end of the rotation guy, but he no longer can pitch at the big league level. Unfortunately, if Amaro is back in 2015, you can bet Kendrick will be back too on yet another one year deal at $8-10 million. SMH.

  4. scotttheskeptic - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    I think Kendrick is a classic, “change-of-scenery,” type player. A year ago, he would have been the perfect throw-in to take a trade over-the-top and ensure a haul of prospects in return. Now, he is just an arb-eligible guy who will make too much money, and would bring next-to-nothing back on the trade market.

  5. mungman69 - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    They should take Amaro out of the game .

  6. joeyb3878 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:20 AM

    Kendrick might almost be a halfway decent 5th pitcher if not for an era upwards of about 15.00 during the first inning this season.

  7. 12strikes2 - Aug 18, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Hoping that the Phillies can give KupKake’s next start to Mo’ne Davis.

  8. goawaydog - Oct 7, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Kershaw gave up 9 runs in the 7 th inning between the two playoff games he pitched.

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