Kyle Kendrick Shows Flashes Of Brilliance By Retiring 16 Straight Batters For The Pawtucket Red Sox
Kyle Kendrick’s game started off very rocky, but as it went on, he was able to lock it down for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Kyle Kendrick started off the game in the first inning with allowing a single to Bulls lead-off hitter Mallex Smith. Smith then proceeded to steal second base, Kendrick payed too much attention to Smith on second and threw the ball over the head of his second basemen in a pick-off attempt causing Smith to move over to third-base.
Willy Adams, the second batter of the game, singled in Smith to put the Bulls up 1-0. Fortunately for Kendrick, catcher Blake Swihart picked off Adams trying to steal second base, and two fly-outs later Kendrick was out of the first inning.
The second started off just as rocky though, Kendrick allowed a single to Shane Peterson, than a Pablo Sandoval error put runners on second and third with no-one out. Kendrick came back firing though and struck out his first batter of the game in Curt Casali before giving up a ground-out to Mike Marjama who drove in Peterson from third. Then a Jake Hager ground-out got Kendrick out of the second.
The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings for Kendrick were where he settled in retiring every batter he faced in a timely fashion.
16 Straight Retired
From the Casali at-bat in the second-inning until the top of the seventh when Shane Peterson stepped into the plate, Kendrick retired every batter he faced. Peterson’s single through to the outfield was the first hit he allowed after retiring 16-straight-batters. The stretch was impressive and it saw Kendrick strike out 5 batters.
But after the Peterson single to break up the 16-hitless streak, Kendrick became unhinged and gave up a 2-run-homerun immediately after the single to Bulls first basemen Casey Gillaspie making it a tie-ball game at 4-4. Fortunately for Kendrick Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was there to snag a hot liner to third for the second out of the inning. Kendrick then allotted a single to Marjama and then got second-baseman Jake Hager to ground out to third.
After seven innings of work and 91 pitches later, Kendrick’s night was done for Pawtucket. Kendrick’s fastball was topping out at 89-mph and he allowed 3 earned runs on 6 hits while striking out 5 batters. Kendrick left the game with a no-decision.
Kendrick’s record with Pawtucket stays at 1-3 and his next projected start is next Wednesday on the road against Norfolk.