By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies wrapped up a 5-4 homestand on Sunday with that 8-7, 11-inning win over the Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. Now Charlie Manuel’s squad begins a seven-game roadtrip tonight with the first of three in Miami against the Marlins.
This will be a battle of the bottom two teams in the National League East. The Phillies are 52-62 and in fourth place in the division, half a game ahead of the last place Marlins.
Cole Hamels will get the start for the Phillies. The left-hander is 12-6 here in 2012 with a 3.08 ERA. He is coming off his best outing of the season as he spun a complete game, five-hit shutout against the Braves last week. In his career against Miami, Hamels is just 6-10, but he does sport a solid 3.68 ERA against them.
The Marlins give the ball to right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who was acquired last month from the Dodgers as part of the deal that sent infielder Hanley Ramirez to Los Angeles. Eovaldi is 3-7 this season, with a 4.33 ERA. His lone career appearance against the Phillies came this season while he was still with the Dodgers. He went five innings and allowed three runs back on July 16th at Dodger Stadium, taking the loss in a 3-2 decision. Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins both took Eovaldi deep in that one.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Kevin Cooney, Phillies beat writer for Calkins Media and phillyburbs.com, about the Phils and tonight’s match-up.
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