VIDEO: Quick start erased as Phillies drop home opener
Former Blue Rock Alex Gordon and Chris Getz each hit 3-run triples as Kansas City rallied for a 13-4 victory in the Phillies' home opener Friday afternoon.
Spotted a 4-0 lead thanks to home runs by Domonic Brown and Erik Kratz along with two RBI singles by Ryan Howard, Kyle Kendrick seemed in control after four innings allowing just two hits on 52 pitches.
Kendrick's lead was cut in half in the 5th when he surrendered a 2-out, 2-strike, 2-run single to another ex-Wilmington Blue Rock in Eric Hosmer. Hosmer entered the game batting .111.
Kendrick was kept in to start the 6th, and picked up two outs before giving up a double to Chris Getz and an intentional walk to pinch-hitter Billy Butler which loaded the bases.
Charlie Manuel went to the bullpen for Jeremy Horst, who promptly gave up the 3-run triple to Gordon to give the Royals a 5-4 lead.
After the Phillies went 1-2-3 for a 3rd straight inning, Horst gave up a walk and two singles to once again load the bases before he was removed in favor of Chad Durbin.
Lorenzo Cain greeted Durbin with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4, and then Durbin re-loaded the bases with a walk to Jeff Francoeur. 8th hitter Getz then lined a shot to left field that Brown attempted to make a play on, but it went under his sprawled out body and rolled all the way to the wall, plating all 3 runners and putting Kansas City up 9-4.
Pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr. finally broke a 12-batter streak of not reaching base with a 1-out walk in the 7th, but the Phils again were kept off the scoreboard.
Alcides Escobar then homered off of Raul Valdes, who also gave up an RBI single to Lorenzo Cain in the 8th.
The Royals completed their offensive onslaught in the 9th with seperate RBI doubles off the bats of Escobar and Hosmer.
Former Blue Rocks contributed 8 of the 13 RBI for the Royals on the night, including 3 each by Gordon and Hosmer.
Kyle Kendrick took the loss by giving up the first five runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. The Phillies bullpen combined to surrender 8 runs on 11 hits in the final 4 1/3.
Meanwhile, the Phillies didn't collect another hit after getting 3 in each of the first three innings. After Wade Davis was removed following the 4th inning, the bullpen combination of Bruce Chen, J.C. Gutierrez, Tim Collins, and Luke Hochevar was just one walk short of perfect over the final five innings. Chen picked up the victory, his first in Philadelphia since June 29, 2001, when he was pitching with the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. This was his first appearance at Citizens Bank Park.
The 3-run triples by Gordon and Getz were the first time a team hit two of those in a single game since the Dodgers on April 30, 2008 according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Utley's 2-for-4 day upped his batting average to .467. while Ryan Howard's 2 hits jumped his average to .188 on the young season.
John Lannan will make his Phillies debut Saturday night against Luis Mendoza at 7:05 (6:30 WDEL).
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