The Phillies breezed into first place in the NL East with a 12-3 clubbing of the Marlins yesterday. Chase Utley nailed his world-leading 18th home run, Ryan Howard added his 15th, and Chris Coste socked his fifth. But hogging the spotlight was Brett Myers, who pitched a splendid eight-inning, 11 strikeout performance.
Now Cole Hamels gets the ball and will try to subdue the Marlins offense. Heâ€™ll have to face Hanley Ramirez, who is in the lineup despite a bruised thumb after being struck by a Shane Victorino rope.
The scorching offense will go up against Ricky Nolasco, the 25-year-old righty who has a 6.04 ERA against left-handed hitters. Iâ€™m hoping we get a good night from Geoff Jenkins, who has been heating up as of late.
Storms are occurring all day in Philadelphia.
Phillies: Cole Hamels (5-3) 3.18 ERA
Marlins: Ricky Nolasco (4-3) 4.70 ERA
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 76 degrees, possible storms
Lineup: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Burrell, Jenkins, Feliz, Ruiz, Hamels
MLB Gameday Audio
Your gamenight beer: Pick up a Stoudtâ€™s American Pale Ale tonight. Easy to drink, it has a light, crisp taste, like most pale ales. I have to say, after the Belgian white, the pale ale might be my favorite style of beer. While Iâ€™m inclined to India pales, Americans are also very refreshing. Have a pulled pork sandwich with it, another good American taste.