The Phils (10-11, 4th East) continue their wraparound weekend series with the Cubs (7-14, 6th Central) with an afternoon game. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is set to start at 1:35 pm EDT.
The Phils tied up their four-game series last night as they defeated the Cubs, 5-2, thanks mainly to a four-run fourth inning, as the offense scored twice on two bases loaded situations, with a two-run single by Carlos Ruiz and a two-run double by Jimmy Rollins, as they were able to get to Randy Wells the second time that they faced him in the game, as they finally showed some patience at the plate, as they took three walks in the inning. A solo home run was later added by Ruiz in the sixth. The five runs would be enough for starter Joe Blanton, who, despite giving up a first inning run, would keep the Cubs under control, striking out eight batters, as well as getting a lot of ground ball outs, as he kept the ball down against the Cubs’ batters. Chad Qualls came in to relieve Blanton in the eighth when he ran into a runners on the corners, one out, situation, who got out of it, although giving up a run as a potential doubleplay ball is ruined as it bounced off of the mound, instead becoming a force out. Jonathan Papelbon then came in to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, collecting his seventh save of the year in seven attempts.
The Phils will today send to the mound Kyle Kendrick (0-1, 9.39), who is coming off a very awful start against the D-backs on April 23, as he went only three innings plus, as he gave up seven runs on eleven hits and a walk, while he struck out only one batter, in the Phils’ 9-5 lost. In facing the Cubs, he has a record of 0-0 with a 0-0 ERA, as he struck out two Cubbies. He will be out to recover from his bad first start, while trying to give the Phils the win. The Cubs will counter with Matt Garza (1-1, 3.38), who is coming off a no-decision against the Cardinals on April 23, as he threw seven strong innings, giving up just two runs on four hits and three walks, as he struck out five, in the Cubs’ 3-2 walk-off win. Career-wise, he has a 1-1 record against the Phils, with a 1.29 ERA, as he struck out sixteen Phils. He will be out to win his second start of the season. The Phils, as they hear the wonderful news that Ryan Howard will be headed back to Florida to start working out so that he can rejoin the main club, will be out to tie up their reason season record, while hoping to stay within striking distance of both the Nationals and the Braves.