Roberto Hernandez, Ervin Santana Square Off In Game One Of Day-Night Doubleheader

Hernandez1Photo: Philliedelphia/Andrew Gillen

Freddie Freeman beat the Phillies last night, 4-2 in game one of this four-game set. Freeman, who drove in all four of the Braves' runs last night, went 3-for-5 including a three-run home run and a double. It was not Kyle Kendrick's night. Despite going eight innings, his team was unable to back up his four-run effort as they scored just twice. 

Today is a long day for the Phillies, as they will kick off game one of a day-night doubleheader against the Braves. The first game will start at 2:05 PM ET and the second one is slated to start at 7:15 PM ET. For the first game, the Phils will send out Roberto Hernandez (3-6, 4.41 ERA) to take on Ervin Santana (5-5, 4.15 ERA).

Roberto Hernandez is coming off of another losing effort against the Marlins on Monday. Hernandez lasted six innings and allowed two runs on three hits whilst striking out six and walking three. Hernandez has struggled of late, going 1-2 with a 4.58 ERA (7 runs in 17 2/3 innings) in his last three starts (one start against Atlanta). Last week, Hernandez was hit for five runs on eight hits through six innings of work against the Braves. He walked five and struck out two but came up with the win. In his career against Atlanta, Hernandez is 2-0 with a 4.26 ERA.

Ervin Santana has struggled over the last month and a half, going 0-5 with a 5.96 ERA in that stretch. He is coming off of a loss against Washington on Sunday. Tossing six innings of three-run ball, Santana took the loss (his third in a row), but struck out nine en route. Santana pitched against the Phillies last Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on eight hits while walking three in six innings. In his career against Philadelphia, Santana is 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA. 

Game Notes:

  • Tony Gwynn Jr. will bat second and play RF in game one of this day-night doubleheader. He's hitting .151 on the season, with just three RBIs and two stolen bases.
  • Koyie Hill will make his Phillies debut today as he bats seventh in the lineup. With Lehigh Valley, Hill was hitting .240 with three home runs, seventeen RBIs and eighteen runs scored in 45 games played.
  • Jimmy Rollins will not start in game one of the doubleheader.

Today's Lineups:

Phillies lineup:

  1. Ben Revere CF
  2. Tony Gwynn Jr. RF
  3. Chase Utley 2B
  4. Ryan Howard 1B
  5. Cody Asche 3B
  6. Domonic Brown LF
  7. Koyie Hill C
  8. Ronny Cedeno SS
  9. Roberto Hernandez P.

Braves lineup:

  1. B.J. Upton CF
  2. Andrelton Simmons SS
  3. Freddie Freeman 1B
  4. Justin Upton LF
  5. Jason Heyward RF
  6. Chris Johnson 3B
  7. Tommy La Stella 2B
  8. Gerald Laird C
  9. Ervin Santana P

First Pitch: 2:05 PM ET
Location: Citizen Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Weather: 83 – Sunny – 10% Precip
TV: CSN

Erik Seybold is a writer for Philliedelphia.com.
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