Interleague Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, August 5
(All times eastern)
Houston Astros (47-65) at Philadelphia Phillies (49-63), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Houston - Dallas Keuchel (10-7, 2.97)
Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.92)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Houston Astros look to continue their recent hot
streak on Tuesday night when they pay a visit to Citizens Bank Park to kick
off a three-game series with the last-place Philadelphia Phillies.
The Astros remain buried in the AL West standings, although they have picked
up their play of late by winning three straight against Toronto over the
weekend by a combined 17-4 margin.
On Sunday, Houston rode the right arm of Scott Feldman to a 6-1 victory in the
finale of that four-game series. Feldman turned in the third complete game of
his career, as he allowed one run on eight hits to improve to 5-8. Chris
Carter hit a two-run single while the lineup's 6-7-8 hitters combined to go 6-
for-11 with four runs and three RBI.
More good news could be on the way for Houston with outfielder George Springer
nearing a return from a minor league rehab assignment and fellow outfielders
Alex Presley and Dexter Fowler not far behind.
Philadelphia is coming off back-to-back shutout losses against the Washington
Nationals over the weekend. The Phillies followed up Saturday's 11-0 drubbing
with a 4-0 setback on Sunday, effectively wiping away any positive momentum
from winning the first two games of the four-game set.
Philadelphia's lineup managed a mere three hits on Sunday as Nationals starter
Stephen Strasburg piled up 10 strikeouts and just one walk. Cole Hamels was a
tough-luck loser for the Phillies -- a season-long trend -- as he went seven
innings and gave up only an unearned run on four hits while striking out six
and walking one batter.
Kyle Kendrick gets the nod for Philadelphia in Tuesday's series opener. The
right-hander has endured a rough year as he heads into free agency this
offseason. Kendrick is 5-11 with a 4.92 ERA in 22 starts and has been
particularly vulnerable in the first inning, where his ERA sits at 9.82 on the
season. Against the New York Mets on Wednesday, it was the fifth inning that
did Kendrick in as he gave up four runs in the frame and walked away with his
Despite his struggles, Kendrick insists his impending free agency has not been
"I haven't been thinking about it much," Kendrick said. "I think I
worried about it more last year than this year, honestly. This year, the first
innings were tough there, got past that. And now it seems like it's one inning
here, one inning there."
For Houston, Dallas Keuchel will try to pick up where he left off against the
Oakland Athletics last week, when he notched his fourth complete game of the
season and allowed just one run on four hits of an 8-1 victory.
"It was special just based on the fact that (the A's) have the best record in
baseball," Keuchel said. "They do a lot of things well. They don't do a lot of
things subpar. To get a complete game against them and get a win is something
special in its own right."
The left-hander has yielded only one earned run over his past 16 innings.
These teams have not faced each other since splitting six meetings during the
2012 season, the Astros' final year as a member of the National League.
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