Saturday, May 17, 2014

Phillies offensive woes continue; blanked by Reds

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
May 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
@Philabaseball

Ryne Sandberg shuffled around the Phillies batting order on Friday night, but the outcome was the same as the club fell to the Reds at Citizens Bank Park, 3-0.

The Phillies have now lost eight of their last 10 games and are riding a 20 inning scoreless streak.

"It just comes as a team, man," Phillies left fielder Domonic Brown said. "When you struggle, everyone struggles. But we have some professional hitters here. I think things are definitely going to turn around for us. For myself, and for everyone. Right now, it's just not going that way. That's baseball. You just have to keep moving forward. Keep battling. That's it."

Kyle Kendrick tossed seven innings for the Phillies, scattering four hits while striking out five.

The Reds scored all their runs in the opening frame via a three-run home run by Devin Mesoraco.

"I left it up a little bit," Kendrick said. "He ended up getting it out of here."

The loss pushed Kendrick's number of consecutive starts without a win to 15, marking the longest winless streak from a Phillies starter since Matt Beech lost 11 games over 21 starts from Aug. 13, 1996, to Aug. 2, 1997.

"I'm running out of things to say about it," Kendrick said.

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