The Phils return to Citizens Bank Park, still reeling from being swept at the hands of the Blue Jays, to start a ten-game home stand, starting with three games with the Rockies. After going 3-6 in three three-game series against the Orioles, the Twins and the Blue Jays, the Phils hope to be able to right the ship as it comes closer to the all-star break.
The Phils (31-37, 5th East) will send to the mound Cole Hamels (9-3, 3.34) who is coming off a win against the Twins on June 13, as he pitched six innings, plus three batters, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, as he struck out six, in the Phils’ 9-8 win. Careerwise against the Rockies, he has a 1-1 record, with a 5.09 ERA, as he pitched in 17 and two-thirds innings, striking out fourteen batters. Hamels will be going for his tenth win of the season, hoping that both the bats and the defense will play a much cleaner game behind him, after having played lousy baseball, especially the defense, during the last few weeks. The Rockies (25-40, 4th West) plan to counter with Josh Outman (0-2, 8.44), who is coming off a no-decision against the A’s on June 13, as he went five innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out four, in the Rockies’ 10-8 lost. Against the Phils, Outman, in six innings pitched, has an 0-1 record, with an ERA of 4.50, as he struck out only four batters. He is looking for his first win.
The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park tonight, and will start at 7:05 pm EDT. The Phils will be out to improve their record at home, while trying to do better during the rest of June.