Phillies complete sweep of lowly Padres

Kyle Kendrick pitched six strong innings as the Phillies got a much needed sweep Thursday. Credit: Getty Images
Kyle Kendrick pitched six strong innings as the Phillies got a much needed sweep Thursday. Credit: Getty Images

It felt as dismal as the overcast skies when Kyle Kendrick gave up a pair of runs in the first inning to the Padres. The Phillies offense hasn’t given the team’s starters much margin for error — just ask Cole Hamels.

However, the Phillies bats actually rescued Kendrick as they came back for a 7-3 win over the hapless Padres for only the club’s second series sweep of the season.

Reid Brignac came through with the big hit for the second consecutive game. Brignac, who hit a walkoff three-run homer to win Wednesday night’s game, drilled a pinch hit double to give the Phillies a 4-2 lead.

“It’s a good feeling,” Brignac said. “We’ve put three together and we’ll move forward with the Cubs coming in. We have to keep playing like this.”

Winning streaks have been few and far between for the Phillies. It’s been over a year since the last four-game winning streak.

“But we’re capable of winning a number of games in a row,” Kendrick said.

Kendrick, who won his second game of the season, can’t explain his first inning woes.

“I don’t have an answer why,”” Kendrick said. “I don’t know. Maybe the next game I won’t warm up.”

Kendrick, who possesses a 4.09 ERA, has a 9.00 ERA in the first inning.

“It’s a mystery to me,” Kendrick said. “I’ve got to figure that out.”

John Mayberry Jr., who has been swinging a hot bat of late, drilled a three-run homer to put the game away.

“I’m seeing the ball really well,” Mayberry said. “I’m trying to put good swings on the ball.”

With the game salted away, Ryne Sandberg called for flamethrowing rookie Ken Giles to come in with two outs in the ninth. The amped up righthanded reliever’s first big league pitch was a 100 mph strike past Yasmani Grandal.

“I was pumped,” Giles said.

That was evident. However, four pitches later Grandal lofted a high fly ball that just eluded Domonic Brown’s glove and landed in the flower bed.

“I didn’t think it was going to go out,” Giles said. “It looked like a routine fly ball. But then I was like, ‘all right, on to the next one.”

Giles struck out Alexi Amarista with a nasty slider.

“That was great,” Giles said. “I showed what I can do.”



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