Kyle Kendrick and the offense led a shutout of the Marlins, 5-0, Wednesday night. Today the Phillies wrap up the important three-gamer with the Fish with a Businessperson’s Special.
Cole Snap: Cole Hamels hasn’t won a game since early July. His last two starts are ones we’d like to write off — he gave up four runs in an inning to the Cardinals last time out (five total), losing to Kyle Lohse.
Can’t Do: Hamels should see better success against the Fish today, since the Marlins cannot hit him particularly well. Only Jorge Cantu (.375, 3 HR, 3 RBI) has hit him this season, but Cantu is hitless for the three-game series in Philly.
Another Welcoming Party: For the third straight game the Phils will face a Marlins pitcher making one of his first starts in 2008. Chris Volstad, making his fifth ever, has never faced the Phillies.
Vampires?: The Phillies are an ugly 14-20 in day games this season.
Phillies: Cole Hamels (9-7) 3.37 ERA
Marlins: Chris Volstad (2-2) 3.25 ERA
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 84, partly cloudy
Your gameday beer: As I love my raspberry beers, I present to you Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. A German beer, it’s brewed in Michigan. So you can find it in America. It’s a nice choice for a summer day such as this. Eat a nice garden salad while enjoying this fine sipper.