Kyle Kendrick Looks To Turn It Around Against Red Sox At Home

In five of his six wins this season, Cliff Lee has snapped a two-game losing streak for his team. He has been solid so far this season and it looks like he is heating up to go on one of his hot streaks on the mound. Last night Cliff continued his dominance on the mound with eight innings of one-run ball against the Red Sox. He struck out eight batters and walked none to take his sixth win of the year as well as giving the Phillies a 1-1 split in Boston. Tonight the four-game series between the Red Sox and Phils continues as the home field changes back to Citizens Bank Park for the final two. Kyle Kendrick (4-3, 3.29 ERA) will take on John Lackey (3-4, 2.72 ERA) in game three tonight.

Kyle Kendrick has struggled in his last two starts. After allowing 15 earned runs in 54 2/3 innings in his first seven starts, Kendrick has allowed nine earned runs in 11 innings over his last two. It may just be a bump in the road for Kendrick, who has arguably been the Phillies best pitcher all year long. In his last outing, Kendrick gave up five earned in five innings against Washington. Kendrick took the loss, his second straight and third on the year. Kendrick has struggled with command, falling behind in counts and walking eight in his last two starts. He will look to gain back his command tonight as he takes on the Red Sox, a team he has gone 0-3 with a 10.80 ERA in three career starts.

John Lackey is coming off of his best outing of the year. The veteran right hander went seven scoreless against Cleveland, allowing two hits while striking out eight. Lackey picked up his third win of the year, his second in a row after losing three straight. Lackey has re-discovered himself after missing out the entire 2012 season due to Tommy John surgery. With a 2.72 ERA in seven starts, Lackey has the second-lowest ERA for Boston starters (Buchholz – 1.73 ERA). In four career starts against Philadelphia, Lackey owns a 2-2 record and a 3.12 ERA.

Game Notes: 

  • Domonic Brown hit his 11th home run last night. He's one home run away from matching his three-year total entering this season.
  • Shane Victorino will not be active for tonight's game, but expect to see him mingling with the crowd pre-game time.
  • Score runs for Kendrick and he can keep the game in good tempo.
  • Kevin Frandsen will play second base tonight as Freddy Galvis plays third.

Phillies lineup:

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Kevin Frandsen 2B
  3. Jimmy Rollins SS
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Delmon Young RF
  6. Domonic Brown LF
  7. Erik Kratz C
  8. Freddy Galvis 3B
  9. Kyle Kendrick P.

Red Sox: 

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
  2. Daniel Nava RF
  3. Dustin Pedroia 2B
  4. Mike Napoli 1B
  5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 
  6. Mike Carp LF
  7. Stephen Drew SS
  8. Jose Iglesias 3B
  9. John Lackey P.

First Pitch Forecast: Mostly Cloudy – 84° – 20% PoP

Radio: 94 WIP, 1210 WPHT 

Let's Go Phillies!

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia. Follow him on Twitter.