The Phillies are currently 4-2 on this home stand – two from Atlanta and two from Washington. With last night's loss the Phillies fell back to 44-47 and remained 7 1/2 games out of first in the NL East. Cliff Lee was suprisingly hittable last night, allowing four solo home runs (two sets of back-to-backs) while taking his third loss of the season. The Phillies' offense was quiet, producing just a Darin Ruf home run. With the All-Star break right around the corner, the Phillies will look to end this home stand on a better note than .500. Tonight Kyle Kendrick (7-6, 3.90 ERA) will take on Jordan Zimmermann (12-3, 2.57 ERA) in the series finale in an effort to take three out of four from the second-place Nationals.
Kyle Kendrick has fallen off in his last two starts, allowing 10 earned runs on 22 hits in that stretch. His last time around, Kendrick allowed a career-high 12 hits against the Braves, surrendering six runs in five innings. With a 1-2 record and a 5.68 ERA under his belt in his last three starts, Kendrick needs to keep the ball down and needs to be able to get ahead in the count. Kendrick has faced Washington twice this season, most recently pitching 7 2/3 innings of one-run, two-hit ball back on June 19th. In his career against Washington, Kendrick owns a 4-6 record with a 4.63 ERA.
Jordan Zimmermann is having a career year in 2013, but his last time around he failed to continue his dominance on the mound. On Saturday against the Padres, Zimmermann threw 101 pitches in just 5 1/3 innings of work, allowing three earned on five hits. Zimmermann struck out four en route to a no-decision. The right-hander Zimmermann will be seeking a career-best 13th win tonight as he takes on the Phillies for the second time this year. Back on May 24th, Zimmermann held the Phils in check, surrendering just two runs through seven innings. In his career against the Phillies, Zimmermann owns a 2-4 record along with a 4.62 ERA.
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