The NL East first place Phillies (16-13) will begin the last three games of their six games home stand against the Barry Bond-less San Francisco Giants (13-16). Tonight’s game starts at 7:05 pm Eastern time at Citizens Bank Park. Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.13) will be the Phillies’ starter, facing the Giants for the first time in his young career. Kendrick is coming off a victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates back on April 26, where he went seven innings, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits in the Phils 8-4 victory. He will be trying to improve his record tonight. His opponent, Pat Misch (0-0, 3.00) will be starting a game for the first time this season. His previous appearance, on April 27, was in relief against the Cincinnati Reds where he pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits in the Giants 10-1 lost to the Reds, after being called up from Triple-A Fresno in place of the injured Kevin Correia.
As with Randy Wolf last night, another ex-Phils will be returning to Citizens Bank for this series in the person of Aaron Rowand.
The Phils hope to put some distance between themselves and the second place Mets and the third place Marlins starting with tonight’s game.