Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kendrick Steps Up for Phils; Team's No. 6 Starter Does a Number on Cardinals in Complete Game; CARDINALS

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Kendrick Steps Up for Phils; Team's No. 6 Starter Does a Number on Cardinals in Complete Game; CARDINALS

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Quick quiz: The Philadelphia Phillies have pitched two complete games this season. Who has them?

Roy Halladay? None. Cliff Lee? None. Cole Hamels has a 7-1 record, no complete games.

The Phillies' only complete games are by No. 4 starter Joe Blanton and No. 6 starter Kyle Kendrick.

"I don't think anybody would have thought that," said Phils catcher Brian Schneider.

Many teams don't have No. 6 starters, but Kendrick often has found himself in that position since he joined the Phillies in 2007.

Kendrick, who actually has made 104 starts for the Phillies and has had three seasons of double-figure wins, was in the bullpen until late April when he replaced an injured Lee. Now, he is filling in for Vance Worley, who has an elbow ailment.

But after a pristine, seven-hit shutout over the Cardinals on Saturday night, when Kendrick induced the over-aggressive Cardinals hitters to swing at anything resembling a strike, Kendrick isn't leaving the rotation for a while.

The 4-0 win was just the 27-year-old's first after four losses this season. But in his six starts so far, Kendrick, despite a 5.23 earned-run average, really had pitched poorly only in the first one when he gave up 11 hits and seven runs over three innings at Arizona.

Saturday's complete game was the second of Kendrick's career, his first coming in 2010, and his first shutout since he had one for Class A Clearwater in 2006. That was only a seven-inning game as part of a doubleheader.

"I expect him to win some more games," said manager Charlie Manuel of his insurance policy. "He's always won some games.

"He's hung around and hung around and he survives. And tonight that's what he did. I've seen him pitch some very good games, but I feel like tonight was his best game."

Manuel, asked about Kendrick's immediate future, said "Right now, he stays in the rotation. There's no sense in me sending him a message that just as soon as Worley's coming back, (Kendrick) is coming out of the rotation. I ain't sending him that kind of message. …

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