Phillies Notes: Rollins not used to that losing feeling

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (38) throws during the first inning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick (38) throws during the first inning. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: August 13, 2013

WASHINGTON - Jimmy Rollins joined the Phillies in the tail end of the 2000 season, when they finished with a 65-97 record. Since then he has experienced only one other losing season, 80-81 in 2002 (not to mention a .500 season last year).

The Phillies fell to 52-65 Sunday with a 6-0 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Since the all-star break, the Phillies are 4-17. Rollins has seen a lot in his years with the Phillies, but he is treading in new territory.

"We've had stretches where we've lost some games in a row, but we found a way to put some wins up in a row after that," Rollins said in a quiet visitors' clubhouse. "It isn't happening right now."

The Phillies have lost 11 straight road games, having been outscored 75-21. All 11 road losses have occurred since the all-star break.

"It is not fun," Rollins said. "The good thing is that it's a good group of guys and we enjoy being around each other."

But that doesn't do much for the win column.

"We just have to learn how to enjoy winning on the field and that hasn't happened," Rollins said.

He says the team remains confident. This stretch, however would test anyone's resolve.

"We go out here every day expecting to win," Rollins said. "We just haven't been able to put together the hits, the pitches, to make the plays that can put us on the right track."

Kratz's knee is OK

Catcher Erik Kratz was replaced Sunday by Carlos Ruiz when Kyle Kendrick was pulled after 41/3 innings. That came one batter after two runners scored on a Chase Utley throwing error. The first of those runners, Jayson Werth, banged into Kratz's knee.

Kratz appeared to be limping and manger Charlie Manuel said he took him out because he had a twisted knee.

After the game, Kratz said there was no reason to worry.

"Everything is fine," Kratz said. "I made the last out the inning before and I was a candidate to replace in a double switch."

Kendrick scuffling

Kendrick allowed six runs (four earned) and 11 hits (all singles). He has allowed 14 earned runs in his last three starts, covering 121/3 innings.

"For myself, I haven't been giving us a chance to win lately," Kendrick said.

He said that fatigue is not a problem and that his arm feels good.

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