To the surprise of no one, Cole Hamels (14-6, 2.94) is having a teriffic season. The words Cy Young have even been lobbed around lately, although he'll need to have quite the finish to truly get in the hunt.
Beating the potential front-runner tonight would be a good start. The Reds' Johnny Cueto is absolutely cruising in 2012. His 16 wins and 2.44 ERA are tops in the National League. Needless to say, tonight has pitchers' duel written all over it.
Cueto hasn't fared so well versus the Phillies however. In five career starts, the righthander is 1-2 with a 5.65 ERA. Having said that, the 26 year old really only came into his own last season, and this lineup is not piled to the brim with star power as it once was.
As for Hamels, he's the owner of a perfect record over Cincinnati. In nine starts, King Cole is 7-0 with a 1.44 ERA, and also holds a 1-0, 0.00 postseason victory over tonight's opponent.
Jimmy Rollins has the night off, with Michael Martinez taking his place, but everybody knows it's the Dom Brown show now. Here's the lineup:
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.