The Phils (5-5, T-3rd East) will continue their three-game visit with the Giants (4-6, T-3rd West) with a night game tonight. The game will be played at AT&T Park, and is to start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT).
The Phils won the first game of the three-game series with a four-hit, four-run outburst in the first inning against eventual loser Tim Lincecum, who had been awful in his first three starts of the young season, despite having struck out sixteen batters, before eventually winning the game, 5-2, behind their ace Roy Halladay, who, as he won his third start, first pitched himself out of a bases loaded jam with less than two outs in the bottom of the first inning, before eventually breezing along in his last four innings, before handing the ball off to Jonathan Papelbon,who recorded his third save of the year.
The Phils will be sending to the mound Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35), who is coming off a solid victory over the Marlins on April 14, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run on three hits and a walk, while striking out three, in the Phils’ 3-1 win. Against the Giants, Kentucky Joe has a 2-3 career record with an ERA of 4.73, while he had struck out 24 Giants. He will be out to help lead the Phils to their third straight win, while hoping to improve upon his previous start. The Giants will counter with Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97), who is coming off a strong win against the Rockies on April 12, as he went seven and one-third innings, giving up just a run on four hits and two walks, while striking out two, in the Giants’ 4-2 win. Bumgarner, who had just finishing signing a five-year contract with the Giants, has a career record of 0-1 against the Phils with a 2.25 ERA, as he had struck out just nine Phils. He will be trying to even up the series for the Giants, while trying to show that he deserved the contract that he had just finished signing.
The Phils (4-5, 4th East) will begin a ten-day, ten-game, three-city trip to the west, starting with a three-day visit to San Francisco to visit the Giants (4-5, T-3rd West). The game will be played at AT&T Park, and will start at 10:15 pm EDT (7:15 pm PDT).
The Phils, who are coming off a 3-3 home stand, are coming off a win against the Mets, salvaging a win after having lost the first two game of the series as the offense, which had outhit the Mets but was unable to get any key hits earlier in the series, was finally able to strike late in yesterday’s game, scoring seven runs in the last two innings. The Giants, meanwhile, are coming off a lost against the Pirates, after having won the first two games in their weekend series, as they are involved in a six-game homestand, before they go on the road.
The Phils will be sending to the mound their ace Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60), who is coming off a victory against the Marlins on April 11, as he pitched seven strong innings, giving up a run on five scattered hits and a walk, while he struck out three, in the Phils’ 7-1 win. Career-wise, Halladay does not have a good record against the Giants, as he is 0-2 against them with a 7.23 ERA, with 14 strikeouts. Halladay will be shooting for his third win of the young season, hoping that the offense will give him his first win against the Giants. The Giants will counter with their ace Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91), who is coming off a no-decision against the Rockies on April 11, as he went only two and one-thirds innings, the shortest outing so far of his career, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks, while he struck out only three, in the Giants’ 17-8 lost. Against the Phils, Lincecum have very easily handled them, with a record of 4-1 and an ERA of 2.61, as he struck out 65 Phils. He will be trying to better his record, as he looks to record his first win of the season, while continuing to be a pain in the Phils’ collective side. The Phils will be out to start off their western road trip on a good note, while trying to see if they can continue Lincecum’s present pitching woes
The Phils (3-4, 3rd) will continue their weekend series with the Mets (5-2, 2nd) as they will play an afternoon game later this afternoon, a game that will be televised nationally by Fox Sports. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and is to start at 4:05 pm EDT.
The Phils will be out to even the series with the Mets after losing the opening game last night as the Mets got to their number two starter, Cliff Lee, in the first inning via three extra-bases hits, including a two-run home run by Jason Bay, before giving up a total of four runs to a team that he had been able to control in three previous starts. Meanwhile, the Phils would end up outhitting the Mets 11 hits to 6, but would only be able to score one run against Mets’ starter R.A. Dickey, a home run by Freddy Galvis, his first career home run, as they were not able to get the much needed key hit so that they could get back into the ballgame, as Dickey and his knuckleball found ways to frustrate several Phils’ rallies.
In the second game of the weekend series, the Phils will send to the mound their second-year starter Vance Worley (0-0, 1.50), who had received a no-decision in his opening start against the Pirates on April 8, as he went six innings, giving up just a run on five hits and a walk, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-4 ninth-inning lost. Career-wise, Worley has a 3-1 record against the Mets with a 3.00 ERA, while striking out 23 Mets. He will be out to even up the series for the Phils as he look for his first win of 2012. The Mets plan to counter with Jon Niese (1-0, 4.50) who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 8, as he pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on two hits and four walks, while he struck out seven, in the Mets’ 7-5 win, as they completed their sweep of the Braves. Niese has a career record of 3-4 against the Phils, with a 4.07 ERA, while he struck out 48 Phils. He will be trying to give the Mets the series victory, hoping that Dickey’s knuckleball will have messed up the Phils’ batters timing.
The Phils (3-3, 3rd) will end their short home stand with a weekend series against the Mets (4-2, 2nd), starting with a night game tonight. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm EDT.
The Phils, who presently own a two-game winning streak, will see if they can continue the Mets present two-game slide, as they send to the mound their number two starter, Cliff Lee (0-0, 1.50), who is presently coming off a no-decision against the Pirates on April 7, in which he pitched six innings, giving up just one run, thanks to a wild pitch, and his not being able to catch Carlos Ruiz’s throw back to him as he still had a chance to tag out the runner, on two hits and two walks, while he struck out four, in the Phils’ 2-1 extra-inning lost. Lee, who has a career record of 2-0 against the Mets with an ERA of 0.43 and seventeen strikeouts, as he pitched in 21 innings, will once again be going for his first win of the year. The Mets will counter with R.A. Dickey (1-0, 3.00), who is coming off a win against the Braves on April 7, where he pitched six innings, giving up just two runs on six hits and four walks, as he struck out three, in the Mets’ 4-2 win. Dickey, who has a caeer record of 2-3 against the Phils with a 2.61 ERA and twenty-seven strikeouts, will be trying to see if he can again give the Phils’ batters fits.
The Phils’ offense, after being able to score only eight runs in their first four games of the season, for an average of two runs per game, have scored a total of ten runs in their last two, while their pitching have allowed only two runs, after being rung up for six in the home opener. In their last two games, the Phils have cranked out a total of twenty-two hits, including six extra-base hits (2B (3), HR (3)), with Carlos Ruiz, Shane Victorino and Ty Wigginton all hitting their first home runs of the season. The offense would also have three stolen bases, with Victorino swiping his third and fourth stolen bases, and Juan Pierre swiping his second stolen base of the young season, as the team continues to use small ball, along with some timely hitting added in the second game of the series, as well as some Marlins’ fielding mistakes and some luck finally going their way. Pitching wise, the starters have had only one bad start, Cole Hamels’ opening day dud at home in which he gave up four runs, all but one of which was earned, while the rest of the staff (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Vance Worley and Joe Blanton) have allowed a grand total of four runs in thirty-four innings pitched, for a record of 3-1 for the starters, with two no-decisions, in six starts. Lee will be trying to continue the so far excellent starting pitching when he faces the Mets tonight. The Phils hope that they can extend their winning streak, while putting the Mets back in their place, before they start an early trip to the West Coast.