National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, July 7th
(All times Eastern)
Atlanta Braves (50-37) at Philadelphia Phillies (42-46), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Atlanta - Kris Medlen (6-7, 3.11)
Philadelphia - Jonathan Pettibone (4-3, 3.99)
(Sports Network) - Kris Medlen tries to win his fourth consecutive start
Sunday when the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves play the rubber match of a
three-game set against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Medlen tossed six innings Tuesday against Miami. The right-hander has given up
more than three earned runs in a start just two times this season. He's 1-1
with a 5.02 ERA in 14 games (3 starts) when facing the Phillies. That includes
a loss to Cliff Lee on April 4.
Phils youngster Jonathan Pettibone, who faces the Braves for the first time,
is unbeaten in his last three starts at 1-0 and gets the call in this series
finale. The righty gave up just three hits and a run in 5 2/3 innings of a win
at Pittsburgh Tuesday.
On Saturday, Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer and Dan Uggla added a two-run
shot and three RBI to lead the Braves to a 13-4 rout.
Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two RBI and Brian McCann
went 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored for the Braves, who had dropped three
straight entering the contest.
Tim Hudson (5-7) ended the longest winless drought of his career after
spinning seven innings of one-run ball. He scattered five hits and struck out
four without issuing a walk to earn his first win since May 5.
"Hudson really pitched great. He gave us seven innings of good baseball,"
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was a tough night to pitch with the
humidity. We swung the bats and gave him a nice little lead. It was a good
Michael Young hit a two-run homer and Jimmy Rollins and Kevin Frandsen added
one RBI apiece for the Phillies, who lost for just the second time in five
Kyle Kendrick (7-6) was tagged for six runs on 12 hits and two walks over five
innings to absorb the loss.
Earlier on Saturday, the Phillies placed first baseman Ryan Howard on the 15-
day disabled with left knee inflammation.
"We had said before if it got to the point where his knee got so debilitated
and he couldn't perform, go ahead and shut him down," Phillies general manager
Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Amaro also noted Howard will have an MRI exam of his knee either Sunday or
Monday. It is unclear if the injury will require surgery.
Atlanta won two of three in an early April set with the Phillies and is 15-8
in the past 23 matchups between the NL East foes.
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