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Saturday, June 2nd
(All times eastern)
Miami Marlins (29-23) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-25), 4:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Ricky Nolasco (5-3, 4.26)
Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (8-1, 2.43)
(Sports Network) - Riding an eight-game winning streak over his last nine
starts, Cole Hamels will take the mound today aiming to beat the only team
he's lost to this season.
The Phillies left-hander, whose won five straight starts, suffered his lone
defeat of 2012 to Miami on April 9 at Citizens Bank Park, the site of this
Hamels, who has pitched at least seven innings in each of his last four
appearances, is coming off a victory against the Mets on Monday. He's just 6-8
with a 3.51 ERA over 20 career games when facing the Marlins.
A good outing from Hamels could help the Phillies continue their recent surge
that has the NL East so tight that only 2 1/2 games separate the top and
bottom team in the division. The Phillies are the bottom dwellers, but have
won seven of their last nine contests, including last night's 6-4 thriller
thanks to Jonathan Papelbon's five-out save and an amazing catch in center
field by John Mayberry Jr.
Papelbon escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth and then retired
the first two batters in the ninth. Justin Ruggiano singled to left and
advanced to second base. Pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs hit a line drive to deep
center field, but Mayberry got twisted around and still somehow was able to
reach out and make the catch at the warning track.
Papelbon, who logged his 15th save, had the look of disbelief when the catch
was made to end the game.
"Any time [Phillies manager] Charlie [Manuel] calls on me to get in the game,
I'm ready and more than able," Papelbon said about his five-out save. "I look
forward to any opportunity to get in the game."
Hector Luna had two hits and knocked in three runs for the Phillies, while
Hunter Pence added three hits, including a two-run home run, and scored three
Kyle Kendrick (2-4) allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3
innings to earn the win.
Mark Buehrle (5-5) gave up four runs on 11 hits through a five-inning start to
suffer the loss.
"Just a bad day at the office," Buehrle said about his outing. "I thought I
was making good pitches but a lot of balls were finding holes."
Ricky Nolasco counters on the mound today for the Marlins. The righty is
coming off a 3-2 loss to the Giants at Marlins Park on Sunday, in which he
gave up just three runs and five hits over seven innings.
It's been a struggle for Nolasco recently. He went 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA over
his first six starts of the season, while opponents batted .235. The Marlins
won five of those games. In four starts since then, he is 1-3 with a 7.06 ERA,
and opponents are batting .333.
Nolasco is 6-4 with a 3.55 ERA in 15 games (12 starts) all-time against the
Miami shortstop Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 last night and extended his hitting
streak to 12 games, the longest currently in the majors.
The Phillies took two of three matchups with Miami earlier this season from
April 9-12 and have won six of the past nine meetings between the clubs. The
Phillies have also won 11 of their last 13 at home against the Marlins.
06/02 10:32:51 ET