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Wednesday, April 25th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (8-10) at Arizona Diamondbacks (9-9), 3:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95)
Arizona - Trevor Cahill (1-1, 2.84)
(Sports Network) - On Tuesday, the Phillies put on a power display that once
defined the team and helped lead them to consecutive World Series appearances.
Another solid outing by the bats -- and a third straight victory from starter
Cole Hamels -- this afternoon in the finale of a three-game series with the
Arizona Diamondbacks would help Philadelphia earn a split of its 10-game road
The Phillies have had an up-and-down trek out west, losing two of three in San
Francisco before taking the first two in a four-game series at San Diego.
However, Philadelphia managed just two runs in the final two games of that
series, both losses, and was then handed a 9-5 setback by Arizona on Monday.
Three home runs allowed the Phils to halt their three-game slide to earn an
8-5 victory on Tuesday. Hunter Pence and Laynce Nix both hit two-run homers
off Arizona starter Josh Collmenter, while Shane Victorino led off the eighth
with a longball.
Pence snapped an 0-for-16 skid with his homer, which came one day after he was
forced to sit out a game due to a left shoulder injury suffered while diving
for a ball in Sunday's loss. He underwent a precautionary MRI earlier on
Tuesday, but was in the starting lineup.
"We got a long season to go and this team has a lot of potential," Pence said.
Pete Orr hit a three-run triple and starter Vance Worley gave up a solo home
run to Cody Ransom among five hits in six strong innings to pick up the win.
Jonathan Papelbon retired the Diamondbacks in order in the ninth to earn his
sixth save of the season.
Collmenter was tagged for six runs on nine hits over six-plus frames as
Arizona lost for the sixth time in eight contests of a nine-game homestand.
"You take away a couple big blasts and we're in the ball game," Collmenter
Hamels aims to win his third straight start when the Phillies left-hander
takes the hill for today's finale.
Hamels took a loss in a subpar debut on April 9, but has been solid over his
last two outings. He struck out 10 batters in seven innings to beat the Mets
on April 15, then held the Padres to a run over six frames of a 4-1 victory on
Friday. The 28-year-old shook off two balks and six hits in the outing.
Hamels has made six career starts versus the Diamondbacks, going 3-1 with a
3.72 earned run average.
Trevor Cahill will try to rebound today from his first loss after allowing
just two runs over his first two starts with the Diamondbacks. Those outings
spanned 13 1/3 innings, but the righty was tagged for seven runs -- four
earned -- on seven hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings on Friday versus
"I was feeling pretty comfortable out there, it's just one of those things,
like you make a bad pitch here or there, and they have a really good lineup
and they're swinging the bats hot, so they'll make you pay every time," Cahill
Cahill, 24, has faced the Phillies once before and he earned a win by allowing
just a run on three hits and three walks over 7 2/3 innings.
The Phillies and Diamondbacks split six encounters last season, with each team
winning twice at home.
04/25 10:44:42 ET