Game 74 - Monday Night, June 28th in Cincinnati
It seems as if Kyle Kendrick has established a pattern of following up a decent pitching performance with a lousy one. It was time for a lousy one tonight, as he allowed 6 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits through 6+ innings. The offense didn't fare much better, pushing across a lone run in the 7th on a Raul Ibañez RBI-infield single, and adding a few meaningless runs on Ibañez' 2-run home run in the 9th. They managed 6 hits off Reds' starter Johnny Cueto in his 8 innings of work.
In the 4th, Scott Rolen connected for his 300th career home run off Kendrick. It was his 17th home run of the year - the most he's had since hitting 22 with the Cardinals in 2006. Rolen's first career home run came back on August 21, 1996. On that day, he hit two against the Dodgers as the Phils won behind a Curt Schilling shutout, 6-0. His first came off Dodgers' pitcher Hideo Nomo in the 2nd, and he followed with his 2nd against Darren Driefort in the 8th. Almost 14 years later, he's still a bum.