Phillies Notes: Kendrick, Bastardo thrive during long night at ballpark

Posted: August 08, 2014

By the time Grady Sizemore crossed the plate early Wednesday morning to mercifully end the Phillies' 2-1 win over the Astros in 15 innings, the effort of the man who started the game more than five hours before was all but forgotten.

But Ryne Sandberg did not want Kyle Kendrick's strong work to go unnoticed. Kendrick pitched through seven innings for the first time in more than a month. He allowed one run, his best outing in 10 starts.

Kendrick threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 25 batters. He allowed five hits and walked one.

"He did a good job as far as pounding the strike zone and mixing his pitches real well," Sandberg said. "His control of his fastball was good."

The bullpen's work in the victory may have left a more lasting impression. Seven relievers cobbled together eight scoreless innings. They allowed one hit and struck out 14, the most by a Phillies bullpen since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

No one was more dominant than Antonio Bastardo. The lefthander struck out six in two innings.

According to Elias' record-keeping, Bastardo became the only pitcher since 1900 to have two games in his career in which he recorded at least six outs, all of which came by strikeout. He also did it in 2011 against Atlanta.

Bastardo's fastball consistently hit 94 m.p.h., and Sandberg called it the best one he has seen from the reliever all season. Bastardo has not allowed a run in three appearances since Arizona tagged him for four on July 26.

"He's a late-inning guy, for sure, with that kind of stuff," Sandberg said. "It was a nice turnaround from about 10 days ago."

One for the road

Hector Neris could not have done any better in his major-league debut Tuesday. He pitched a scoreless 15th inning to earn the win.

That did not stop the Phillies from optioning him back to triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room on the roster for Wednesday's starter, David Buchanan.

Neris, a 25-year-old righthander, left with a game ball and a promise from his manager that he would keep a close eye on him.

"I'm excited to see what he does," Sandberg said. "He had a real good change-up. Hitters looked like they had no chance on it."

Revere plays on

Ben Revere made a strong throw to second base Tuesday - one of his best of the season - and then grimaced. Revere's right ankle, which he broke last season, has been sore for nearly a month. He has favored it noticeably in recent games.

Sandberg said doctors have assured Revere that he can do no further damage, and he can remain in the lineup for as long as he can tolerate the pain. Revere is hitting .366 over his last 34 games, third-best in the National League during that time.

"When he's going full speed, he's fine, and when . . . it's more of a slower pace, then he feels it," Sandberg said. "All in all, it doesn't affect the way he's swinging the bat or running the bases."

Ruiz sits

After catching all 15 innings the previous night, Carlos Ruiz was given a day off Wednesday. Wil Nieves replaced him.

Ruiz is batting .289 in nine games since he returned from a concussion, but he is hitless in his last 13 at-bats.

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