ICYMI: Phils win opener despite Kennedy's quality start

ICYMI: Phils win opener despite Kennedy's quality start

Starter Ian Kennedy finished out the month of August with his third-straight quality start on Friday, surrendering only two earned runs on two hits and five walks, while also striking out seven Phillies. Unfortunately for Kennedy, who saw his ERA drop from 4.01 to 3.94 after 6 2/3 innings of work, his quality start would not be enough, as the Padres dropped the first of a three-game set by a score of 7-1 on Friday evening at Citizens Bank Park.

Kennedy was absolutely solid in Friday's pitcher's duel -- the Phillies broke open a 2-1 game in the eighth inning after Kennedy had departed -- and despite posting a 2.29 ERA in five starts over the month of August, Kennedy was served with his third loss of the month and 12th loss of the season. Kennedy required 118 pitches -- 71 of which were strikes.

The Padres' bullpen, on the other hand, struggled mightily, as Marc Rzepczynski and Odrisamer Despaigne combined for five earned runs on five hits in one inning of work in the eighth. Bud Norris posted one-third of an inning in relief, surrendering no runs and no hits on two pitches after inducing a groundout in the seventh.

For the second night in a row on the road, the Padres' offense struggled to make any noise against their opponents. The Swinging Friars were limited to just two hits on the day, including a Justin Upton home run in the fourth inning to give San Diego an early 1-0 lead. Upton's solo-shot marked his 23rd home run of the season and gave him his 71st RBI of 2015. Cory Spangenberg collected the only other Padres hit, an extra-base knock in the fifth inning, which marked his 10th double of the year.

Friday's game also featured a handful of defensive gems from the Padres, but those efforts would prove to not be enough. The Padres will try to get back on their feet Saturday, sending rookie Colin Rea to face Adam Morgan in the first road start of his young career at 4:05 p.m. PT.

In case you missed it, here's a look at some highlights and stories that may have passed you by on Friday:

Padres postgame recap: Upton homers, but Padres fall to Phillies

Kennedy strikes out seven in quality start against Philadelphia:

Kennedy's stellar start

Yangervis Solarte gets the Padres out of a jam with an unassisted double play in the first inning:

Solarte's unassisted double play

Upton puts the Padres on the board with his 23rd homer of the year:

J. Upton's solo blast

Jedd Gyorko and Yonder Alonso combine for a solid play in the fifth inning:

Gyorko's great play at short

The day's top stories:

Momentum of Friday's game hinged on single miscue: Kennedy frustrated by run-scoring wild pitch

Padres' offensive leader still sidelined with injury: Kemp remains out with sore left shoulder

Upton Jr. continues to impress: M. Upton puts on a show for Padres in outfield

Setup and closing comes easy for Padres duo: Benoit-Kimbrel form imposing late-inning tandem

Padres Wives assemble fundraiser: Padres Wives "Players' Favorite Things" set for Sept. 5th at Petco

Down on the farm: OF Asencio, RHP Rea, Coach Jones honored by Texas League

Notable notes: Game Notes @ PHI (08.28) Kennedy, Friars Continue Trip to Philly for Three-Game Set

Looking forward to the next game:

Friar Forecast at Citizens Bank Park: Rea to make first road start as Padres take on Phillies

Saturday's probable pitchers: Colin Rea (2-1, 5.52 ERA) vs. Adam Morgan (4-4, 4.43 ERA)