While last night wasn't necessarily the pitchers' duel you usually get in a walkoff 1-0 game, the lack of offense was nonetheless its hallmark. Despite having some command issues, Vance Worley allowed just one hit, and the bullpen conceded the same amount in the final three innings. Two-hit in the opener, the A's now face Cole Hamels, the NL's WHIP leader, who is trying to become the first NL pitcher to 10 wins.
Cole will face Trevor Cahill, a talented righty coming off a strong start against San Francisco. He needed one too, having given up four or more earned runs in his five previous starts. White hot through late May, Cahill has seen his ERA rise from 2.02 on May 29 to 3.24 in late June. Nonetheless, he's a formidable young starter who can shut down a lineup on any given night.
Your Fightins lineup for tonight is Rollins, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Victorino, Ibanez, Brown, Ruiz, Hamels.
With the bullpen nicked up, the Phils could use a long night from Hamels. The bats can help that happen with a lead before the late innings, allowing Charlie Manuel to let Cole hit rather than need a pinch hitter.
Roy Oswalt gave an update on his prognosis as well. A bulging disc in his back is expected to keep him out until at least August, but the beats relayed that Oswalt's tune seemed to have changed somewhat from the somber note he shared when initially describing his injury.
SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.
Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.
The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.
Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.
Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.
Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.
It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).
The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.
There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.
Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.