Howie Kendrick tripped into third base and had a good laugh during the Phillies' 12-run first
The Phillies had themselves quite a first inning Saturday night against the Nationals. Off of starter Jeremy Guthrie and reliever Enny Romero, the Phillies sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 12 runs.
Despite that high level of success on the offensive side, not all of their efforts were defined by grace. Behold Howie Kendrick's three-run triple to center field:
Kendrick is about to cruise into third base standing up when fate intervenes to declare that he must arrive by more unconventional means. Was it punishment for Kendrick's hubris that he could get a stand-up triple after hitting only two in each of the last two seasons? Was it an attempt to even the ledger ever so slightly on a dominating half inning? Those answers rest in the mysteries of the universe.
It is most likely the case that Kendrick doesn't have those answers either. But at least he can laugh at the absurdity to which he was subjected.
After the game, first baseman Tommy Joseph revealed that further absurdities may await Kendrick. "We might get him in kangaroo court or something like that," he told MLB.com Phillies beat writer Todd Zolecki. Regardless of whether he wins whatever case his teammates may bring against him, they cannot take away his three RBIs.