National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, April 13th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia Phillies (5-5) at Miami Marlins (1-9), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (0-2, 10.97)
Miami - Jose Fernandez (0-0, 1.80)
(Sports Network) - Cole Hamels looks to put two miserable starts behind him on
Saturday when the Philadelphia Phillies continue a three-game series with the
Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark.
After Hamels gave up five runs in five innings in an Opening Day loss to
Atlanta, Hamels was hit even harder on Sunday against Kansas City, which
reached him for eight runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
"It's giving up runs," said Hamels, when asked what has frustrated him most.
"Not giving the team the opportunity to win. When we're able to score runs
early you want to keep the team in the ballgame. I wasn't able to do that.
"First and foremost, win the ballgame no matter who you're playing and who's
pitching. We want to win. I wasn't able to do that for two straight games."
Hamels, who is 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA on the year, is only 8-10 with a 3.36 ERA
in 24 starts versus the Marlins.
Miami, meanwhile, will counter with righty Jose Fernandez, who was terrific in
his big league debut on Sunday versus the New York Mets. The 2011 first round
pick allowed just a run and three hits and struck out eight in five innings of
that one. The bullpen, though, couldn't hold the lead for the 20-year-old
"I'm disappointed that the team didn't win. I don't really care about me,"
Fernandez said. "Every time I go out there, my job is to give the team a
chance to win. We didn't win this time. Next time, we will."
In Friday's opener, Chase Utley tripled home the go-ahead run with two outs in
the top of the 10th inning, and Philadelphia topped the sputtering Marlins,
3-1. Domonic Brown added two hits and knocked in the other run for the
Phillies, who have won three games in a row.
"(Jon Rauch) left a changeup up that I was able to get down the line and with
Ben's speed, he was running on the pitch, he was going to score easily," Utley
Jonathan Papelbon earned his second save of the season by retiring the Marlins
in order in the bottom of the 10th. Phillippe Aumont (1-0) picked up his first
major league win after pitching the ninth.
Ex-Phillie Placido Polanco accounted for half of the Marlins' four hits and
drove in their only run. At 1-9, Miami is off to the franchise's worst start
since opening the 1998 season 1-11.
"I know the effort is there. I know guys are playing hard and working hard and
trying to get on the other side of this thing. We just got to stay at it,"
said Miami manager Mike Redmond.
The Phillies have won three straight and eight of their last 10 against the
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