Final: Phillies 8, Brewers 0.
WP: Kyle Kendrick (6-9, 4.20 ERA) LP: Randy Wolf (3-10, 5.69 ERA).
One of the most unlikely players to kickoff the game scoring-wise this afternoon was none other than second baseman Michael Martinez. Martinez came into today's action with just seven hits in a total of 54 2012 at-bats, and managed to take former Phillie, Randy Wolf, deep to left center field on a two-run home run. That was his second home run of the season, and fifth of his 110-game MLB career.
The following inning, Domonic Brown hit his fourth double of the season, which cleared the bases. He nearly scored himself later that inning off of a Michael Martinez single, but was called out at home plate. It turns out that the Milwaukee Brewers would go scoreless in the game's entirety, and the base-running blunder would prove to be inconsequential.
The Phillies' scoring did not stop from the first few frames. They picked up two insurance runs from Brian Schneider off of Mike McClendon on a one-out, two-run double in the 8th, and they scored another in the 9th on a RBI-single from Domonic Brown off of John Axford.
Kyle Kendrick had just about everything going for him today, as he secured the series split for the Phillies. He threw eight shutout innings, giving up just three hits and walking one batter. 80 of his 114 total pitches were for strikes. In Kendrick's previous two starts, he has given up 0 runs in 15 innings pitched, and has struck out 13 batters. Opposing starter Randy Wolf gave up runs early, and his team could not escape the early deficit. Wolf lasted seven innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits and two walks. Michael Schwimer retired the Brewers in the 9th without allowing a run, and secured the Phillies their 56th victory of the 2012 season.
The seven-game road trip has come to a close, with the Phillies posting a (4-3) overall record. They return home to Citizens Bank Park to open a ten-game homestand, playing the Cincinnati Reds four games and three each against the Washington Nationals and New York Mets. This homestand will be a true testament to whether or not the Phillies have one last fight in them to grab the final wildcard spot in the National League.
Roy Halladay (6-7) opens up the series Monday night against Mike Leake (5-7) and the Reds, who have one of the best records in all of baseball this season. Roy last faced the Reds on August 30th, 2011 away at Great American Ballpark. He lasted seven innings that game, and received a winning decision after allowing just two hits and no earned runs. The game, starting at 7:05 pm EST, can be seen on CSN Philadelphia and can be heard on 1210 WPHT AM and 94 WIP FM.
Starting Pitching Summary:
In the 'Pen:
- Kyle Kendrick: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR, 4.20 ERA
- Randy Wolf: 7.0 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR, 5.69 ERA
- Michael Schwimer (9th): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 4.46 ERA
- Mike McClendon (8th): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR, 5.93 ERA
- John Axford (9th): 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 5.22 ERA
- Top of the 2nd (Phillies 2, Brewers 0): Michael Martinez homers (2) on a fly ball to left center field. Domonic Brown scores.
- Top of the 3rd (Phillies 5, Brewers 0): Domonic Brown doubles (4) on a line drive to left fielder Ryan Braun. Kevin Frandsen, Ryan Howard and Ty Wigginton score.
- Top of the 8th (Phillies 7, Brewers 0): Brian Schneider doubles (5) on a fly ball to center fielder Carlos Gomez. Domonic Brown, Michael Martinez score.
- Top of the 9th (Phillies 8, Brewers 0): Domonic Brown singles on a line drive to center fielder Carlos Gomez. John Mayberry scores.
- Monday, August 20, 2012; 7:05 pm EST
- Philadelphia Phillies (56-65) vs. Cincinnati Reds (74-48)
- Roy Halladay (6-7, 3.80 ERA) vs. Mike Leake (5-7, 4.29 ERA)
- TV: CSN
- Radio: 1210 WPHT, 94 WIP
Matt Rappa is a contributor for Buzz on Broad. You can find him on Twitter at @mattrappa.