Braves 8, Phillies 2
Game 98 - Sunday Afternoon, July 20th in Atlanta
Record - 43-55, 5th Place, 11 games behind the Braves and Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Kyle Kendrick's woes continued as the pitcher was roughed up yet again, and the Phillies couldn't dig out of an early hole.
What It Means: Just brutal. There was a lengthy rain delay in the sixth with the Phillies down 6-1, and I was honestly hoping they'd just call the game.
What Happened: Kendrick's first inning ERA this season decreased to 11.37 after a scoreless first, but then he allowed six total runs in the second and third. The four Braves runs in the third came on one hit, two walks, two hit batters and an error. The Phils outhit the Braves 9-8, but had only two runs to show for it. Both runs came on solo home runs from John Mayberry, Jr. (his 6th) and Marlon Byrd (his team leading 19th).
Featured Card: As Matt Gelb pointed out in this Tweet, the modern record for the worst first inning ERA by a Phillies pitcher is Mike Williams' 9.93 ERA in 1996. Kendrick is aiming to shatter that record, and no I will not make a Chachi Record Breaker card to commemorate the event.