Yesterday the Phillies scored their most single-game runs in almost a decade. The offense is heating up now, so hopefully they can continue the pain when Ubaldo Jimenez lines up against the good guys tonight. He has fared well in his past three starts, going into the seventh in each. Kyle Kendrick, meanwhile, hasn’t pitched much in the past two weeks (5 IP his last start, a rain-shortened inning and change before that).
Pedro Feliz has raised his average 50 points in a week. Ryan Howard and So Taguchi are the last Phillies to climb over the Mendoza Line, with Taguchi doing so last night with a 3-for-5 effort. Geoff Jenkins returns to the lineup tonight, and Greg Dobbs starts in left field for Pat Burrell, however, as a right-hander takes the hill.
Phillies: Kyle Kendrick (3-2) 5.19 ERA
Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4) 4.61 ERA
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EST
Weather: 76 degrees, possible storms
Lineup: Rollins, Victorino, Utley, Howard, Dobbs, Jenkins, Feliz, Ruiz, Kendrick
MLB Gameday Audio
Your gameday beer: Truly one of the best beers in the world, Rodenbach Grand Cru, a Flanders red ale, is an absolute treat. Brewed with aged malt and yeast and then mixed with other old ales, it’s a fine collection of flavors â€” all natural flavors. Has a distinct cherry taste. You can get it at Monk’s in Philly. I suggest it. Drink it with some smoked halibut.