By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — After sweeping a weekend series from Miami to get back to .500 (6-6), the Phillies welcome the Atlanta Braves to town for a four game set, starting Monday night.
Phillies completed that sweep of Miami with a 4-3 win on Sunday as Chase Utley continued his hot hitting. His solo home run in the bottom of the 8th snapped a 3-3 tie. Utley is hitting a lusty .500 this season (20-40) with 3 home runs and 10 runs batted in.
Roberto Hernandez will make his third start on the mound. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA in 10.1 IP. This will be just his second career start against Atlanta. The first came in 2007, a 5-2 win while he was with Cleveland. he went 7 innings that night, allowing just two runs.
The 8-4 Braves counter on the mound with right-hander Ervin Santana. He pitched 8 shutout innings in his season debut last week against the Mets.
The Phillies line-up for this series opener looks like this:
- Tony Gwynn Jr (CF)
- Jimmy Rollins (SS)
- Chase Utley (2B)
- Ryan Howard (1B)
- Marlon Byrd (RF)
- Domonic Brown (LF)
- Carlos Ruiz (C)
- Cody Asche (3B)
- Roberto Hernandez (P)
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network to get a scout on this Atlanta squad.
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