By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies hope to build on some offensive momentum for a change on Wednesday night as they go for a series win in Miami against the Marlins.
After scoring just four runs in three games, the Phillies struck for seven last night in a 7-3 win over Miami. They pounded out 15 hits, three of them off the bat of Ryan Howard, who returned to line line-up after missing a couple of games with a sore knee. Howard knocked in three runs.
The Phillies played without second baseman Chase Utley last night and it looks like they will again on Wednesday. He was a late scratch prior to Tuesday’s game with discomfort in his side and it looks like he will undergo an MRI on Thursday.
Cliff Lee will get the start for the Phillies in this game. The veteran left-hander is 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA. He has thrown the ball very well as of late. In his last three starts, his ERA is 1.64. Lee is 3-1 in his career against the Marlins.
Miami will start veteran right-hander Kevin Slowey. He is 1-4, but his one win came against the Phillies and he has been dominant against them this season. In two starts (12 1/3 innings), Slowey has allowed just one run.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Phillies broadcaster Chris Wheeler about tonight’s match-up.