"Everybody will see on the highlights the pitch of me striking out," Kratz said. "The pitch before, two pitches before, I had a chance at a good rip and fouled it back, and you can't miss any big-league pitcher who makes a mistake."
Manager Charlie Manuel liked Kratz's approach.
"I thought Kratz had a good at-bat and really battled the guy," Manuel said.
Kratz gave Herrera credit for finally striking him out on the change-up.
"It started over the plate and kind of finished in," Kratz said. "It was a good pitch."
Delivered by a good pitcher.
"At no point did I feel I was out of the at-bat or overmatched," Kratz said. "I was trying to put the barrel on it."
Big day for Young
Michael Young had his best day as a Phillie, going 4 for 5 with a double and his first RBI. Young bats fifth, and his double was the first extra-base hit this season by the No. 5 or cleanup hitter (Ryan Howard).
"I have been feeling good the last few days and I know I have been making progress," said Young, who had his 24th career four-hit game.
Doc tries again
Roy Halladay will take a 13.50 ERA to the mound Monday night when the Phillies open a three-game series against the visiting Mets. Righthander Matt Harvey (1-0) will start for New York.
The Phillies scored 16 runs in losing two of three to the Royals. Of the 16 runs, 12 came in either the first or ninth innings. . . . Chase Utley and Jimmy Rollins have reached base in all six games so far. . . . The team's bullpen has inherited 11 runners this season, and 10 have scored. . . . Hamels allowed a career-high eight earned runs. His previous high was seven, which he allowed six times.