How about that power surge last night? Three home runs from the Phils and the hardest hit ball of the night by Hunter Pence was just a smidgeon foul down the left field line. If the Phillies can manage another win tonight they'll finish off a rather ugly road trip with an even 5-5 record. All things considered, that'd be nice. And it would also set them up to go into a much-needed off day tomorrow on a positive note before hosting the lowly Cubs for a four-game set in Philadelphia this weekend.
Lefty Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) takes the hill today against right-hander Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.84) who will be throwing for the Diamondbacks. Cahill was hit hard in his last outing, giving up seven runs (four earned) in 5.2 innings of work against the Braves.
It'd be nice to see Jimmy Rollins get his bat going. J-Roll has been off to one of his slower starts batting just .229 and has had a dreadful road swing.
One transactional note: Mike Stutes has been placed on the 15-day DL due to some shoulder issues. Michael Schwimmer has been called up to fill his spot in the pen. The pen hasn't done them any favors lately, even making last night's seemingly blowout a little too interesting. They could use a fresh arm.
3:40 start time this afternoon from Chase Field in Arizona. TCN on the Philly cable dials.
Homeward Bound: Pierre 7, Polanco 5, Vic 8, Pence 9, Nix 3, Orr 4, Ruiz 2, Galvis 6, Hamels 1
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) April 25, 2012