Looking to avoid a sweep that would likely end any hope of the Phillies making the playoffs, the Phillies sent Kyle Kendrick to the mound. However, news earlier in the day that Dom Brown was headed to the seven day concussion disabled list, felt like a sign that the 2013 Phillies just weren’t meant to go to the playoffs.
Kyle Kendrick really struggled in the third inning, allowing three runs. As usual, the Cardinals didn’t need to hit the ball out of the park to do their damage, because they are one of the best contact hitting teams in the MLB. Matt Carpenter got the big inning started by singling to right-field to score Pete Kozma. A Jon Jay triple that split the gap between John Mayberry and Delmon Young in right-center field scored Matt Carpenter all the way from first to make it a two-nothing Cards lead. Matt Adams then drove Jay in, to make it a three-nothing lead. Kendrick did strand Allen Craig on third to end the inning, but the three run third-inning was too much for the Phillies to overcome.
Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies pitching was locked in after the fourth inning, not allowing a hit after the the fourth inning. The problem was, that with the exception of an Erik Kratz RBI single in the third, the Phillies didn’t take advantage of opportunities with runners in scoring position. Because of that the combination of Lance Lynn, Trevor Rosenthal, and Edward Mujica was able to scatter seven Phillies hits and lead the Cardinals to a three to one win and a series sweep.
With the loss the Phillies are now 49-53, and the playoff pipe dreams need to end at this point. Ruben needs to pick up the phones, and sell.