Kendrick, Utley strong in Phillies loss

By Sean Greene 11:12pm, March 28, 2014 - Updated 12:37am, March 29, 2014
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Kyle Kendrick pitched five shutout innings and Chase Utley picked three hits in the Phillies' 2-0 loss to the Pirates Friday night.

The opener of the two-game On-Deck Series saw a continuation of the Phils' struggles at the plate as they could manage no other base hits besides Utley's off of Pirates pitching.

Philadelphia combined for just 3 hits in losses to Detroit and Toronto to wrap up play in Florida.

The lack of support did not deter Kendrick, who took advantage of his final start of the spring by allowing just three hits while striking out 2 in his 5 frames on the mound.

Phillipe Aumont came in for the 6th inning, and ran into trouble immediately by giving up a leadoff walk to Travis Snider. After a fielders choice and a wild pitch put Andrew McCutchen on second base, Russell Martin hit an RBI single to chase Aumont.

Antonio Bastardo entered, and he gave up an RBI single to Neil Walker before getting out of the inning with no further damage.

Travis Ishikawa added an insurance run in the 8th on a single by Clint Barmes off of Jake Diekman to finish the scoring.

Utley's 3 hits: A 1st inning double, a 4th inning single, and a 6th inning double give him 4 of the Phillies six during the last 3 games.

The teams will play their final Spring Training game Saturday afternoon at 1:05 (1:00 WDEL) with Roberto Hernandez (1-1, 5.29) slated to face Gerrit Cole (1-0, 6.17).

NOTES: After the game, the Phillies optioned Aumont to Lehigh Valley, while telling INF Reid Brignac he did not make the team. Philadelphia also acquired Jayson Nix from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations and added him to the 40-man roster.

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