Phillies-Braves: 5 things you need to know

Phillies-Braves: 5 things you need to know
September 7, 2013, 10:15 am
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1. When and where
After a thrilling 2-1 win to start a weekend series at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies and Braves play the middle game of the set at 7:05 p.m. on CSN.

2. Historic-Lee speaking
Cliff Lee entered Friday's game with 90 strikeouts and seven walks against the Braves in his career. That 12.86 K/BB ratio was the best in the history of baseball for one starting pitcher vs. a specific opponent ... and that was before he struck out 10 Braves without a walk Friday night.

Lee now has 100 strikeouts and seven walks against Atlanta in 14 starts, for a 14.3 K/BB ratio.

3. Proving he belongs
Cody Asche's seventh-inning, two-run shot off Mike Minor proved to be the game-winner. It was Asche's fourth home run of the season and his first career bomb off a left-handed pitcher.

The left-handed hitting rookie has more than held his own against lefties, going 7 for 16 (.438) with a homer, a double and six RBIs.

Overall, Asche has hit .287/.333/.485 in 30 games.

4. Four-gettable mark
The Phillies on Friday were held to four hits or less for the 23rd time this season. That ties them with the Marlins for the most such games in baseball.

The Phils are 3-20 in those games, and have actually won two in a row. They had four hits in their series-opening win over Washington this past Monday. Prior to that, they had lost 20 straight games when failing to exceed four hits.

5. Kendrick vs. Wood
It's been a rough few months for Kyle Kendrick, who had such a promising start to the season. On June 25, Kendrick completed eight strong innings to improve to 7-4 with a 3.46 ERA on the season. But in a dozen starts since, he's 3-8 with a 6.23 ERA and his opponents have hit .342.

The second rough outing of that 12-start stretch came at Citizens Bank Park against Atlanta on July 6, when Kendrick allowed six runs on 11 hits over five innings in a 13-4 loss.

But if there's a team Kendrick should be comfortable about ending this skid against, it's the Braves. In 20 career appearances vs. Atlanta, Kendrick is 7-2 with a 3.20 ERA.

He's opposed by 22-year-old Braves rookie left-hander Alex Wood (3-3, 3.15).

Wood has been extremely impressive over nine starts, striking out 68 batters in 65 2/3 innings while walking just 3.0 batters per nine innings, a solid mark for a pitcher so young.

Wood, a 2012 second-round pick, rose rapidly through the Braves' system, needing just 24 starts to conquer Class A, Double A and Triple A. He had a combined 1.73 ERA and .219 opponents' batting average before the Braves decided he was ready.

Wood is coming off the worst outing of his young career, a seven-run shellacking by the Marlins in which he was knocked out after just 2 1/3 innings. He had a 2.23 ERA over his previous eight starts, one of which came against the Phillies on Aug. 4.

In that game, Wood held the Phils to one run on two hits over six innings.

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