Thursday, May 22, 2014

1998 Pacific Online #554 Matt Beech

Marlins 14, Phillies 5
Game 43 - Wednesday Night, May 22nd in Miami
Record - 20-23, 4th Place, 4 games behind the Braves

One Sentence Summary:  The Marlins destroyed Kyle Kendrick and the more questionable members of the Phillies bullpen in this game, winning easily by a score of 14-5.

What It Means:  Kendrick is now 0-10 with a 5.11 ERA in his last 16 starts, putting him close to eclipsing Matt Beech's 11-game losing streak back in 1996 and 1997.

What Happened:  I think Kendrick summed it up best in his postgame comments saying, "Guys put up two runs for me and I go out [and] do that [expletive] [expletive]…it’s just bad.  It needs to stop."

Jeff Manship allowed four runs in the seventh and Luis Garcia was sacrificed in the eighth, allowing four runs on three hits and four walks while throwing 49 pitches.  Had he not retired another batter, shortstop Reid Brignac would have been brought in to record the final out of the inning.

Featured Card:  After five years in this crazy baseball card blogging racket, I'm still surprised when I stumble across a relatively recent Phillies player who hasn't had a card featured yet in any posts.  Beech will make his debut with this post, and I sincerely hope that Kendrick doesn't tie or break his 17-year "record."

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