Cruising along with a 5-1 lead after 5½ innings, a pair of defensive blunders contributed to the Phillies losing the lead in the sixth and eventually losing the game, 6-5.
The Giants scored four runs in the sixth when Ryan Howard and Chase Utley allowed a pop up to fall between them. Utley then trumped that mistake by picking up the ball and throwing it away attempting to get it to second base.
Sandberg later came out to get Kendrick after the next batter, Michael Morse, doubled to cut Philadelphia’s lead to 5-2.
Kendrick didn’t wait for Sandberg. Instead, he handed him the ball as he stormed off the mound.He followed that by basically sprinting to the dugout. He went down the steps and disappeared into the clubhouse.
“We talked,” Kendrick told Comcast Sports Net Philadelphia on Sunday. “I know it wasn’t the right thing to do.”
Kendrick said he didn’t mean to show up his manager, he just needed to get away.
“I wasn’t trying to show up Ryno,” Kendrick said. “That wasn’t my intention. I was upset and I wanted to get where no one could see me as quick as possible.”
It’s been a trying year for the Phillies, who were 54-69 going into Sunday’s game and in last place in the National League East in their first full season with Sandberg at the helm.
And it’s been a trying season for Kendrick, too. He’s 5-11 with a 4.90 ERA and 1.374 WHIP in 25 starts and 154.1 innings.
A seventh-round pick by Philadelphia in 2003, Kendrick made his major-league debut in June 2007 and has spent his entire career in the Phillies’ organization. He is 69-66 with a 4.45 ERA and 1.369 WHIP in parts of eight seasons, making 219 appearances—178 of them starts.