Phillies Battle Marlins Again, Looking For 4th Straight Win
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By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Phillies will look to stay hot tonight down in Miami as they continue their series with the Marlins, looking for a fourth straight win.
This winning streak comes after the Phillies were shutout in back-to-back games last Wednesday and Friday. Since then, the Phillies have scored 26 runs in their three wins, six of them coming last night in their 6-5 win. The victory improved the Phillies to 4-0 against Miami.
The news is not all good for the Phillies, however. Left-hander Cliff Lee has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. Lee is 4-4 this season. His roster spot has been filled by 1B/OF Darin Ruf who was recalled from AAA Lehigh Valley.
Kyle Kendrick will get the start tonight for the Phillies. The veteran right-hander is 0-4 this season, but he has pitched better than that record would indicate. He has a 3.96 ERA in eight starts. This would seem to be a great spot for Kendrick as in his career he is 12-2 against the Marlins.
Miami will start right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. He is 2-2 this season with a 3.62 ERA. In his career against the Phillies he is 1-4.
The Phillies are now 20-22 on the season, that’s good for fourth in the National League East. The Marlins are 23-23, a game ahead of the Phillies in third.
The Phillies line-up tonight:
1. Jimmy Rollins SS
2. Carlos Ruiz C
3. Chase Utley 2B
4. Ryan Howard 1B
5. Marlon Byrd RF
6. Cody Asche 3B
7. Domonic Brown LF
8. Tony Gwynn Jr. CF
9. Kyle Kendrick P
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Kevin Cooney of the Bucks County Courier Times about the loss of Cliff Lee and the importance of the next 20 or so games for the Phils.
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