The Phillies move on to Houston, hoping that everything is indeed bigger in Texas.

The Phillies continues their seven games, two series, road trip, with a four games visit with the Astros in Houston, Texas. The first game of the four games set will start at 8:05 pm (7:05 pm Central) in Minute Maid Park. The Phillies’ starter will be Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.76), who was moved up a day because he had pitched only one inning in the double rain delayed, 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on May 18. In that one inning, he gave up no runs on no hits. His previous start was a win against the Braves on May 13, where he would pitch six innings, giving up three earned runs, all in the first inning, on six hits, in the Phils’ 5-4 win. This will be Kendrick’s second career start against the Astros, with his first one being back on April 16 at Citizen’s Bank Park, which he lost, as he went seven innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits, in the Phils’ 2-1 lost. He will be trying to improve his record while continuing the Phillies’ starters recent string of quality starts. His opponent will be Roy Oswalt (4-4, 5.43), who is coming off a lost to the Texas Ranger, where he went six innings and gave up six earned runs on eleven hits, in the Astros’ 6-2 lost. His previous start was on May 12, as he pitched against the Giants, winning that ballgame, as he gave up only three earned on five hits while pitching eight innings, in the Astros’ 7-3 victory. He will be trying to improve his record while trying to get his second victory of the season against the Phils, as he was the winning pitcher of the April 16 game, also going seven innings, while giving up only one earned runs on five hits.

The Phillies’ offense hope to continue what they did last night in Washington against the Nats, a combination of the long ball and small ball. They also hope that last night’s game will finally mean the return of Ryan Howard’s bat. Lastly, they hope that their starters will continue to perform the kind of quality pitching that they have just conducted in Washington, as they gave up only three earned runs in nineteen innings.

The Phillies are presently trailing the first place Marlins by a game and a half and trail the Braves by .001 percentage points. They and the Braves are presently leading the fourth place Mets by two full games. The Phils hope that they can keep pace with both the Marlins and the Braves as they play in Houston, while also hoping that either the Marlins or the Braves will lose their games tonight so that they can either get closer to first place and/or gain control of second place, respectively.

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