By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies started their important ten-game homestand in style last night with a 7-2 win over the Rockies behind Cole Hamels.
Tonight the Phillies will go for a second-straight win behind right-hander Joe Blanton. Blanton snapped out a funk in his last start as he went the distance in a 6-1 win over the Twins in Minnesota. This will be Blanton’s third career start against the Rockies. In the first two he has gone 1-0 with a 5.23 ERA. Overall here in 2012, Blanton is 6-6 with a 4.93 ERA.
Colorado’s starting pitching struggles continued last night as left-hander Josh Outman allowed the first four Phillies runs in 4 1/3 innings to fall to 0-3 this season. In a glimpse into how bad the pitching has been for the Rockies, last night’s performance actually lowered Outman’s ERA from 8.44 to 8.41.
Tonight the Rockies go with 23-year-old right-hander Alex White. He is 2-5 with a 5.56 ERA and he has never faced the Phillies.
A bright spot for the Phillies in the last week has been the hot bat of John Mayberry. In his last five games, Mayberry is hitting .381 with 4 home runs, 2 doubles and 10 runs batted in.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Jack Scheuer, who has covered the Phillies for years for the Associated Press, about tonight’s game.
KYW’s Matt Leon also spoke with Comcast Sportsnet’s Ben Davis about tonight’s game.
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