Now in the Bay.
The now second place Phils (20-16) continue their two cities, seven games road trip by starting a three games weekend series against the San Francisco Giants (14-21) in AT&T Park. Tonight’s game starts at 10:15 pm Eastern (7:15 pm Pacific). The Phils will be sending their ace, Cole Hamels (3-3, 3.10), to the mound. Hamels is coming off a no-decision against these same Giants back on May 4 where he pitched six innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits, in the Phils’ dramatic ninth inning 6-5 win. Lifetime against the Giants, he is 2-0 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts. Hamels is looking to get his fourth win. His opponent will be Pat Misch (0-0, 5.40), who is still looking for his first major league win. His previous start on May 2 saw him get rough up by the Phils as he pitched four innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits, in the Giants’ 6-5 10 innings lost to the Phils.
Jimmy Rollins will rejoin the ballclub in San Francisco and should come off the disable list.
The Phils will be looking to regain a tie for first place in the National League East with the Florida Marlins (20-14) who defeated the Brewers last night, 7-2, to retake complete control of first place from the Fightin’s. The Marlins will be starting a three games series against the last place Washington Nationals (15-20) in Washington. The Phils are presently .5 games ahead of the third place Atlanta Braves (18-15), who are presently riding a six games winning streak. The Braves will be travelling to Pittsburgh to meet the Pirates. The fourth place Mets (17-15) will be facing the Cincinnati Reds at home.