Phillies (79-42) vs. Diamondbacks (69-54), 7:05 p.m. on CSN
Phillies: Vance Worley (8-1, 2.85 ERA) will be trying to rebound from his rocky start against the Dodgers last Wednesday. Although the Phillies came back to win the game, 9-8, Worley surrendered five runs in the first and six overall in four innings. Thanks to the comeback, he has still won his last six decisions.
Diamondbacks: After Roy Halladay blew his opportunity for his 16th win on Tuesday, Arizonas Cy Young award contender Ian Kennedy (15-3, 3.12) gets his chance tonight. Kennedy has won his last seven decisions, including a 4-3 win over the Mets last Friday in which he gave up one run in seven innings.
Last night, the Phils plated seven runs in the final two innings to claim a 9-2 win. Wilson Valdez had the games biggest hit a two-run, tiebreaking double in the eighth. The Phillies lost the series opener, 3-2, as Halladay struck out 14 batters but also allowed the go-ahead, two-run double to Lyle Overbay in the ninth inning.
The Phillies are 2-3 against the Diamondbacks this season as the teams face each other for the final time tonight. This is the last game of the season between the two teams, though they would meet in the NLDS if the playoffs started today.
Hunter Pence went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored on Wednesday night, and has 43 multi-hit games this season. Kennedy is 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA in his two career starts against the Phillies, including a 10-strikeout shutout (the only one of his career) on April 25 at Chase Field.
Ryan Howard hurt his hand while swinging at a pitch in the sixth inning on Wednesday, but stayed in the game. He said afterwards he expects to play on Thursday. Update: Howard is out of the lineup, as is Carlos Ruiz (groin). Arizona had won seven games in a row before last nights loss. The D-Backs are still leading the NL West by 2.5 games, however. ... The Phillies have lost just three of their last 17 games. Philadelphia is a combined 22-9 against the NL West this season. This is their last game this season against an NL West opponent.