The Phillies are playing the Rockies and one of the Rockies is former Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick was asked about the end of his tenure in Philly following last season. Here’s what he had to say:
Ruben (Amaro Jr.) called me about a week after the season and said we’re going to go in a different direction, we’re going to go younger,” Kendrick said, “and then he signs Aaron Harang and Jerome Williams. So I was like, (huh). That’s the way it is.
Kendrick is 30, while Harang is 37 and Williams is 33. Of course Harang is pitching fantastically this year and Williams is pitching better than Kendrick as well, so we’ll give Amaro points for judgment in this case even if he doesn’t get points for candor.
Back in the day, when the Phillies were winning, Amaro would’ve used the Jedi mind trick he was alleged to have at his disposal and Kendrick would actually agree that he was older than those two guys.
Nationals starter Max Scherzer bunted a ball into his face during batting practice on Tuesday, breaking his nose in the process. He ended up with a gnarly looking shiner around his right eye, making him appear a bit like Terminator. Scherzer still took the ball to start the second game of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against the Phillies.
Despite the injury, Scherzer was incredibly effective, limiting the Phillies to four hits and two walks across seven shutout innings, striking out 10 batters in the process. He might even have had some extra adrenaline going, as he averaged 96.2 MPH on his fastball, his highest average fastball velocity in a game since September 2012, per MLB.com’s Jamal Collier. The Nationals provided Scherzer with just one run of support, coming on a Brian Dozier solo home run off of Jake Arrieta in the second inning, but it was enough.
Wander Suero worked a scoreless top of the eighth with a pair of strikeouts. Victor Robles added a solo homer off of Pat Neshek in the bottom half. Closer Sean Doolittle took over in the ninth, working a 1-2-3 frame to give the Nats their 2-0 victory.
Over his last six starts, Scherzer now has a 0.88 ERA with a 59/8 K/BB ratio across 41 innings. He has gone six innings, struck out at least nine batters, and held the opposition to two or fewer runs in each of those six starts.